Summer Series 6 – 30th June 2019

Quite windy this morning with a WSW blowing 12-16 mph, which enabled Richard S to set a long beat down to 3 then2, 4, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start. We had a new fleet this morning (well a small fleet of two!), when Paul & Nev turned out in a RS200.

Pursuit Race

There were 15 starters, but we lost Dean & Nick (Vago) on the first lap, not sure of the reason for their early departure. Early starter Ron (Mirror) was first back across the line with Phoebe (Oppie) still hanging on to 2nd place, but Paul & Nev were fast approaching with Mark (Laser) behind them. Dave & Ann (Leader) were managing to stay ahead of the chasing pack, but their rear view mirror was full of the second RS200 with Newton & Ellen on board. At the gun the order was –

1st Paul & Nev; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Dave & Ann; 4th Jon (Laser); 5th Karen (Laser); 6th Adrian (Rooster)

Handicap Race

The fleet was down to 12 for the second race as Dean & Nick did not reappear and Jamie H decide to sit this one out. It was still very windy and turned out to be a two-lap affair.

First back through the line were Paul & Nev closely followed by the other RS200 of Ellen & Newton with Dave & Ann going well in the windy conditions in 3rd place. Not something you see very often with the three leading boats all being double handers. Adrian came through in 4th place just ahead of Karen, who was only 10 seconds ahead of Rick in another Laser.  Mark was 7th with Jon and Chris H (Comet) battling for 8th place. Two minutes later Ron crossed in a lonely 10th place as he in turn was about two minutes ahead of Emily (Topper) with Phoebe gamely battling on at the rear of the fleet and receiving the gun at the end of the lap.

Only 20 seconds between the two RS200s at the finish, but Paul & Nev had kept their nose in front to take the victory. There was a bit of shuffling about behind them for the next places with Adrian gaining one place to move to 3rd and Mark gaining three places up to 4th. Jon passed Rick to move up a place, but the order of the first six was –

1st Paul & Nev; 2nd Ellen & Newton; 3rd Adrian; 4th Mark; 5th Karen; 6th Dave & Ann.

On corrected time the first two keep their positions, but Mark moves up to 3rd with Dave & Ann 4th and Adrian and Ron were equal 5th.

Thanks to Richard S and the OOD Team of Andrew & Son, Chris, Issy, Roland L and Sam.