Spring Series 12 – 19th May 2019

It was a light wind last Sunday and another light wind today about 5 mph coming from the NEish!

Julian B set a fairly short course so the we could see more of everyone, whether that’s a good thing is a matter of opinion.

Pursuit Race

This morning there were 13 starters, one more than last week and that one was probably Dave I, who turns out for a bit of fresh air when the weather is nice.

A bit of a surprise this morning as Ron was caught by Ellen & Newton, but he was 2nd and as usual Chris H was next in 3rd place with Karen a close 4th. The final order was-

1st Ellen & Newton (RS200); 2nd Ron (Mirror); 3rd Chris H (Comet); 4th Karen (Laser); 5th James (Laser); 6th Mike Tr (Laser)

Handicap Race

Dave decided he’d had enough fresh air and fun for one day, but he was replaced by Jewels in her Mirror.

The second race was a four lapper and first back through the line was Newton & Ellen, who obviously had their Weetabix this morning as they had pulled out a minute on 2nd place man James, who in turn had 30 seconds over Ralph (Laser) in 3rd place. Chris H came through in 4th place, just ahead of a close group of boats led by Karen followed by the Lasers of Mark B, Alistair S and Mike Tr. The only Leader out today crossed the line next in 9th place with Mike C & Sam on board, with Rick (Laser) just behind them.  A minute later came the Mirrors of Jewels and Ron followed by Cecilia (Radial).

There was no change with the two leaders at the end of the second lap, but Mike Tr had put the booster on and gained five places to move up to 3rd place. Mike C & Sam made up two places and further back jewels was still ahead of the old man.

On the third lap the first four maintained station, but Karen passed Ralph to move up to 5th and Mark B moved up two places to 7th by getting past Alistair and Mike C & Sam. Further back Ron had just edged in front of Jewels and Cecilia received the gun at the end of the lap.

At the end of the last lap Newton & Ellen kept their lead and crossed the line in 1st place. Chris H managed to take 3rd place from Mike and in the only other change in order Rick came through with a late surge to pass Alistair.

The final order on the water was – 1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd James; 3rd Chris H; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Karen; 6th Ralph

On corrected time the order changes to – 1st Chris H; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd James; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Karen; 6th Ron

Thanks to SOOD Julian B and the OOD Team, who will have to remain nameless as none of their names was recorded on the race sheet!    

This were the last races of the 2019 Spring Series, so congratulations to Ron (Mirror) for winning the Pursuit Series and to Chris (Comet) for winning the Handicap Series. bot