Cobley Series 2 – 8th September 2019
Nice and sunny this morning, but a cool edge to the wind coming from NNW but veering considerably and between 8-10 mph. James used a Tektona start with the first mark as A (between 5 and 6 close to the buoy line. It was good to see Paul W back on the water and to see Lottie turning out again. Adrian opted for the intricacies of sailing his Vago single handed
There were 13 starters and at the end of the first lap early starter Ron was leading in his Mirror with second away Mike A (Lightning) holding on to 2nd but being rapidly caught by Jessica (Laser) and Ellen & Newton (RS200). At the gun the final positions were 1st Jessica (Laser); 2nd Julian B (D-Zero); 3rd Ron (Mirror); 4th Newton & Ellen (RS200); 5th Mark (Laser); 6th Richard S (Laser).
Julian W decided to rest his new Solo not to mention his old bones and Lottie kindly relinquished her Laser to Oom PaPa, better known to us as Rick (who had been busy trying to sell one of the club’s boats during the Pursuit Race).
First man back across the line was Julian B (D-Zero) with Ellen & Newton (RS 200) about 30 seconds behind him and Jessica about the same distance coming through in 3rd place. Next along were the Lasers of Mark, Richard S and William B (Rick was probably in this group too), not far ahead of Chris A (Solo) and Ralph (Laser). Ron (Mirror) crossed in 9th with Mike C & Sally (Leader) catching him with quite a gap behind them back to Mike A (Lightning) and Rhys (4.7). Behind them were Adrian doing spinnaker exercises and Rich F in his Wanderer.
On the second lap there was no change in the first three, but Ralph had moved up four places to 4th and Rick was back up to his favourite position of 7th! Paul W and Rich received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
At the end of the third lap Julian B crossed the line to take victory on the water about one minute ahead of Ellen & Newton. Ralph had passed Jess to take 3rd place from her and Richard S had got past Mark to take 5th place. Chris A gained a place up to 7th by passing Rick, Mike C & Sally passed William B to take 9th place and Adrian got past Ron.
The order on the water was –
1st Julian B; 2nd Ellen & Newton; 3rd Ralph; 4th Jessica; 5th Richard S; 6th Mark
On corrected time this changes to –
1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Jessica; 4th Julian B; 5th Ron; 6th Richard S
Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Bea, Eva C, John R and Paul K.