Gillette Series 19 – 21st August 2019

It was a warm sunny evening with a WSW wind of about 10 mph Curtis set the first mark as A (down past Tektona) then 2, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.

20 starters tonight and first back through the line was Ellen (sailing Julian B’s Devoti-Zero) and she was already 30 seconds ahead of Ralph (Laser) and Newton (Solo), who was just ahead of Hugh (Laser).  20 seconds later a trio of Lasers crossed the line, Jess, Jamie and Rick, who was 7th again. Then along came a motley mix of boats, Chris H (Comet), Dean & Nick (Vago), Chris A (Solo), Mike A (Lightning) and Sally & Sam (Leader). Mike T (Laser) was through in 13th place and behind him Emily (4.7) and Jeremy (Laser) crossed the line together.  A minute later Bob L (Solo) crossed in a lonely 16th place some five minutes ahead of Phoebe (Oppie), Chris S (Laser) and Olliver (Topper) with Rich F (Pico) bringing up the rear of the fleet.

On the second lap no change with the first two, but Ellen had increased her lead. Newton and Hugh crossed together battling for 3rd place and there was no change in the 5th to 10th placed boats. Sally & Sam had moved up one place by passing Mike A to move to 11th and Jeremy, Bob L and Chris S also gained one place. Phoebe, Olliver and Rich received the gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the third lap Ellen and Ralph still led but Hugh had now established himself in a clear 3rd place and Jess had moved past Newton to 4th place. Jamie and Rick were still 6th and 7th, but Dean & Nick had moved up to 8th by passing Chris H. There were no other changes in position and Emily and Chris S received the gun at the end of the lap.

The fourth lap was the last lap and Ellen crossed the line four minutes ahead of Ralph to take the victory. The only changes in position were with the double handers as Dean& Nick moved up another place passing Rick and Sally & Sam gained a place by passing Chris A. The final order on the water was -1st Ellen; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Hugh; 4th Jess; 5th Newton; 6th Jamie.

On corrected time this becomes – 1st Ellen; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Newton; 4th Chris H; 5th Hugh; 6th Jess

Thanks to Curtis and the OOD Team of Chris & Carol M, Chris M, Karen T, Susannah M and Nick JJ.