Cobley Series 6 – 13th October 2019

It was another windy morning with a South wind about 12 -18 mph with stronger gusts coming through. Mark set the first mark as 9, then A, 4, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.

Pursuit Race

There were 9 starters this morning and at the end of the first lap Ellen & Newton (RS 200) were just ahead of Mike T (Laser) and Jon (Laser) with early starter Chris H (Comet) crossing the line 30 seconds later in 4th place. Ralph (Laser) was not far behind Chris, but a minute ahead of the trio of Simon (Blaze), Rick (Laser) and Franz (Laser). Ken (Laser) retired on this first lap.

At the gun the final positions were – 1st Simon; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Mike T; 4th Ralph; 5th Jon; 6th Franz

Handicap Race

Apart from Ken, everyone started, and Simon was first back through the line almost a minute ahead of Newton & Ellen. Then there was a procession of Lasers all fairly close together led by Mike T followed by Ralph, Rick, Jon and Franz with Chris bringing up the rear in his Comet.

On the second lap the only changes were Jon passing Rick and Ralph to move up to 4th place and Chris retiring.

On the third lap the first three maintained station, but Rick repassed Jon and Ralph to take 4th and these three were enjoying a close battle.

At the end of the fourth lap Simon crossed the line well ahead of Newton & Ellen to take victory. Mike T was steady in 3rd spot, but behind him the battle continued with Ralph reclaiming 4th place not far ahead of Jon in 5th with Rick losing three minutes (presumably experiencing that sinking feeling), but still claiming 6th place. Franz retired on this lap.

The final order on the water was – 1st Simon; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Mike T; 4th Ralph; 5th Jon; 6th Rick

The only change on corrected time was Mike leapfrogging Newton & Ellen to take 2nd place.

Thanks to Mark and the OOD Team of Ian S, Jeremy (who stepped in to help), Jewels and John W.