Gillette Series 7 – 29th May 2019

With a SW wind of 8-10 mph Dave L set the first beat to 4 then 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

There were 16 starters tonight, which was a bit down on previous weeks, but a persistent light drizzle may have been the reason.

Simon B (Blaze) was first back across the line followed by Ellen (Laser), Newton (Solo) and Karen (Laser). Then along came the first double-hander, Dean & Mike C (Vago) in fifth place, just ahead of the Lasers of Mark B, Mike Tr and Jeremy.  These were followed by the second double-hander, Sally & Stuart (Leader) about 30 seconds ahead of Mike A (Lightning). About 90 seconds later Sam (Radial) crossed the line with Chris & Carol (420) a minute further back just ahead of Richard H (Laser + weed!) with Jemima (Oppie), Emily (Topper) and Phoebe (Oppie) behind him.

At the end of the second lap, there was no change with the three leaders, but Mike Tr had made up four places to move to 4th place.  Sally & Stuart had passed Jeremy to move up to 8th and Richard H had gained two places to move to 11th.

On the third lap Simon still led Ellen and Newton, but there was a god battle behind them, with Dean & Mike C now up to 4th and Karen and Mike Tr crossing the line together contesting 5th place. Behind this group there were no other changes in the order. Sam, Chris & Carol, Jemima, Emily and Phoebe all received the gun at the end of the lap.

On the last lap the only changes were Karen pulling away from Mike Tr to confirm 5th place and Mike A pipping Jeremy across the line for 9th place.

The final order on the water was – 1st Simon B; 2nd Ellen; 3rd Newton; 4th Dean & Mike C; 5th Karen; 6th Mike Tr

On corrected time this changes to – 1st Simon B; 2nd Jemima; 3rd Newton; 4th Ellen; 5th Sally & Stuart; 6th Karen

Thanks to Dave L SOOD and the OOD Team of Gordon P, Pat G, Rich F and Will S.