Summer Series 3 – 9th June 2019

It was the lightest wind so far for the Summer Series this year, about 7 mph from the SW. Adrian set the first beat down to 3 then 9, 5, 4, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were 24 starters and Bea in her Oppie was first away followed by Chris H (Comet) and Rhys (4.7) then the Leaders of Sally & Mike C and Dave & Ann, the Radials of Will, Milo and Mike A and the Solo of Steve S. The only two of these to survive the chasing pack was Chris H who managed to hang on for 2nd place and Dave & Ann for 4th place!

The finishing order was 1st Newton & Ellen (RS200); 2nd Chris H (Comet); 3rd Karen (Laser); 4th Dave & Ann (Leader); 5th James (Laser); 6TH Mike Tr (Laser)

Handicap Race

Dave I went for his early cup of tea and Cecilia joined us for the second race, so the numbers were the same, but the course was not. First beat was now to 4 then 8, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

First back through the line were Ellen & Newton (RS200) already well ahead of Mike Tr (Laser) Chris H (Comet) and Karen (Laser). Steve S (Solo) came through in 5th place just ahead of Peter R (Enterprise). Then there was a close battle for 7th place with Dean & Nick (Vago) crossing the line just in front of Mark (Laser). About one minute later James, Jess and Jon crossed the line in close company, all in Lasers. Mike C & Sally (Leader) were next along with Hugh, John W, Richard S and Jeremy, all in Lasers, chasing them.  About 30 seconds later Dave & Ann (Leader) and Rick (Laser) crossed the line together with Will (Radial) not far behind them. The came the young and the old with Rhys (4.7), Milo (Radial), Cecilia (Radial) and Mike A (Radial) followed by the youngest of all Bea in her Oppie. Bea was given the gun at the end of this first lap ands some of us would not have minded joining her!

On the second lap Ellen & Newton still led from Mike Tr, but Karen had got past Chris H to move up to 3rd. Peter R retired on this lap so Mark moved up to take his 6th spot with James following him to 7th pushing Dean & Nick down to 8th. There was no change in the middle of the fleet, but Milo had a good lap at the back passing Will and Rick. Rhys and Cecilia received the finish hoot at the end of the lap

At the end of the last lap Karen had taken 2nd place from Mike but the 4th, 5th and 6th places had not changed. Dean & Nick had regained 7th and Jon had moved up two places to 8th with Richard S pipping James for 9th position. Everyone else maintained station or slipped back. (It was funny to note that on the race sheet my number was listed as 211361 rather than 163112 – I knew I was going slow but didn’t realise I was going backwards!)

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

On corrected time this should change to – 1st Chris H; 2nd Ellen & Newton; 3rd Karen; 4th Steve S; 5th Mike Tr; 6th Mark

Thanks to Adrian and the OOD Team of Al, Graham K and Nigel.