Spring Series 5 – 7th April 2019
James had to contend with a light NE wind of about 8 mph, which is always a tricky direction when setting a course. He opted for a Tektona start with the first mark as A (near to 7, but further down the lake) then B (near to 6, but again further down the lake to avoid the wind shield of the trees on the North bank), 8, 5, 8,4, 2 and back through the start.
There were 12 starters this morning with Ben joining the Sunday fleet for the first time sailing a Pico (welcome to the Sunday fleet Ben). Chris H (Comet) and Rhys (4.7) were first away and Chris was still leading at the end of the first lap with Dave & Ann (Leader) in 2nd place but being caught by Jon (Laser) and Bill (K1). At the gun the final positions were –
1st Chris – Comet; 2nd Bill – K1; 3rd Jon – Laser; 4th Ellen & Newton – RS 200; 5th Dave & Ann – Leader; 6th Richard S – Laser
Everyone started the second race, which turned out to be just two laps because of the light wind. Newton & Ellen (RS200) were first back through the line about 30 seconds ahead of Richard S (Laser) in 2nd place, who was just ahead of Ralph (Laser). Bill (K1) was a lonely 4th place well ahead of Chris (Comet) and Rick (Laser) and they were about 30 seconds ahead of Jon and Adrian, who crossed the line together in their Lasers. Dean & Nick (Vago) were not far behind, but they were two minutes ahead of Dave & Ann (Leader) and Rhys (4.7) and bringing up the rear was Ben (Pico).
At the end of the final lap, there was no change with the first four boats, but Jon had moved up two places to 5th spot and that was the only change in position in the entire fleet.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd Richard S; 3rd Ralph; 4th Bill; 5th Jon; 6th Rick
On corrected time the first two keep their places, but Chris moves up to 3rd pushing the others down one place.
Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Alistair J, Bea P, Ian B, Mike C, Mike T and Sophie.