Mark was on duty again this morning and had a difficult task to set a course as there was only a very light wind (2-5 mph) coming from the North veering NE. He prudently set a short box course (using A, B and C), but this backfired somewhat as once the race started the wind increased, which resulted in a five lap pursuit race with the faster boats lapping the slower boats!
There were 12 starters and first boat away was Chris H (Comet) and he led at the end of the first lap with Chris A (Solo) in 2nd place and the first of the Lasers, Richards S in 3rd place, Mike T (Laser) was 4th with Mike A (Lightning 5th and Emily (Radial) 6th.
Chris H still led at the end of the second lap, but Mike T had passed Richard and come through to take 2nd place from Chris A. Sam & Newton (RS 200) had moved up to 5th place and Dave & Ann (Leader) were up to 6th with Ralph (Laser) up to 7th.
By the end of the third lap Mike and Richard had caught and passed Chris H pushing Chris A down to 4th with Dave & Ann and Ralph moving up to 5th and 6th. By this time some of the faster boats had started to lap slower boats and it must have been tricky for the OOD Team to keep track of positions!
The race continued for another two laps before the gun went and the final positions were –
1st Mike T; 2nd Chris H; 3rd Richards S; 4th Ralph; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Sally & Mike C.
In between races the wind improved to about 10 mph and Mark extended the course by including 2 and 3 which gave a two lap race with an average lap time of about 18 minutes.
Newton & Sam (RS 200) got a cracking start and missed the melee at the first mark which led to a lead of well over a minute at the end of the first lap. Mike Tr (Laser) was 2nd just 20 seconds ahead of Ralph (Laser) in 3rd spot and Richard S (Laser) in 4th. Mike C & Sally (Leader) were going well in 5th place with Rick (Laser) chasing them and he was about one minute ahead of Chris H (Comet). The second Leader of Dave & Ann came through in 8th place, not far ahead of Mike A (Lightning) with Emily (Radial) and Chris A (Solo) only 10 seconds further back and crossing the line together contesting 10th place with Lottie (Laser) behind them.
On the second lap there was no change with the leading two boats, but Richard S got past Ralph to take 3rd place. Rick moved up a place to 5th pushing Mike C & Sally down to 6th and Emily gained three places to finish 7th. Despite a contretemps with Mike A at No 2, Dave & Ann gained a place by getting past Chris H just before the line. Chris A and Lottie retied on this lap.
The final order on the water was – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Richard S; 4th Ralph; 5th Rick; 6th Mike C & Sally.
On corrected time the first four should keep their positions, but Chris H moves up to 5th with Mike & Sally retaining 6th.
Thanks to Mark and the OOD Team of Bill C, Jess B and Robbie H.