Gillette Series 8 – 5th June 2019

It was a similar wind to last week about 10-11 mph from the SW. Newton set the first beat to A (just the other side of Tektona) then 1, 5, 7, 6 and back through the start. The start was unusual inthat it was away from the flagpole in the middle of the lake with the pin near the buoy line.

There were 20 starters and first back across the line was Ellen (Laser) closely followed by Karen (Laser). Ed (Radial) came through next just ahead of Mark (Laser) leading Rick (Laser), Steve S (Solo), Dean & Nick (Vago) and Mike Tr (laser). About 30 seconds later Mike C & Sam (Wanderer) crossed in 9th place followed by Mike A (Lightning) and then the two Leaders of Dave & Ann and Sally & Stuart. Peter R was next along sailing his Enterprise single handed and he led Chris (Comet), Jeremy (Laser), Alistair (Vago s/h) and Paul H (Laser). Further back came Chris & Carol (420), Jemima (Oppie) and Emily (Topper).

At the end of the second lap Ellen and Karen still led, but Dean & Nick had moved up two places to 3rd. Ed and Mark crossed the line together in the battle for 4th place and Steve S crossed in 6th.  Dave & Ann had got past Mike C & Sam to move up to 8th with Sally & Stuart following them up to 9th place. Adrian was up four places to 13th just behind Peter R in 12th place.

On the third lap there was no change with the two leaders, but 3rd place was now taken by Mark. Steve S, Mike Tr and Rick all gained two places moving up to 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. The boats behind these three had all lost places and the next mover up the order was Alistair S gaining four places to 11th followed by Chris H up two places to 12th and Paul H up one place. Emily had passed Jemima and these two received the gun at the end of the lap and Peter R retired..

Ellen crossed the line in 1st place at the end of the last lap followed by Karen and Mark. Dean & Nick had regained some of the places they lost on the previous lap and came through to finish in 4th place and Rick gained two places to finish 5th. Ed also regained two places and just pipped Steve across the line for 6th place. The only mover further back was Jeremy who managed to gain a place by passing Mike C &Sam.

The final order on the water was – 1st Ellen; 2nd Kare; 3rd Mark; 4th Dean & Nick; 5th Rick; 6th Ed

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Jemima; 2nd Ellen ; 3rd Karen; 4th Dave & Ann and equal 5th Mark and Steve S.

Thanks to Newton and the OOD Team of Bob L, Estel, Mike T, Monica, Niki and Lalla. -si