Gillette Series 3 – 1st May 2019

There was a light wind about 8 mph coming from WSW and Chris H set the first mark as X (out near the buoy line half way between 5 and 6), then 2, 4, 6, 6 and back through the start.

There were 18 starters tonight and first back through the line was Karen (Laser) closely followed by Mike T (Laser). Mike C was out with Nick in the Vago and they came through the line in 3rd place just ahead of Mike Todd (Laser) who was about 30 seconds in front of Chris A (Solo). About a minute later Dave & Ann (Leader) crossed in 6th place not far in front of Sally & Stuart in another Leader. Then there was a close group with Nigel L  (Laser) leading Adrian (Vago s/h), Rick (Laser), Mike A (Lightning) and, Richard H (Laser). Ron ( Mirror) was next across the line followed by Paul H (Laser) followed by Jemima (Oppie), Sam (Radial), Ed (Oppie) and Emily (Topper. After Ron had crossed the line everyone behind him received the finish gun, which was lucky for them as the wind began to drop rapidly.

On the second lap Mike T passed Karen to cross the line in 1st place with Mike C & Nick still in 3rd, behind the front three everyone began to struggle as the wind disappeared. Chris A just managed to ease away going down to 6, but behind him a slow bunch was forming with poor Nigel and Rick slipping off the back.

The final order on the water was –

1st Mike T; 2nd Karen; 3rd Mike C & Nick; 4th Chris A; 5th Adrian; 6th Mike A.

On corrected time the order becomes –

1st Mike T; 2nd Jemima; 3rd Ed; 4th Karen; 5th Mike C & Nick; 6th Ron

Thanks to SOOD Chris and the OOD Team of Alistair J, Ralph, Simon B and Sophie.    amily:”Ti