It was quite cold this morning with a N to NNE wind
about 9 – 11 mph with stronger gusts coming through. Julian B used a Tektona
start with a first beat down to A (near the buoy line between 5 and 6), then 5,
9, 3 and back through the start line.
14 starters this morning and
early starter Chris H (Comet) was first back through the line followed by Steve
S (Solo) then Dave & Ann (Leader) just ahead of Ellen & Newton (RS200)
with Mike A (Lightning) about a minute further back. Mike T and Karen (both
Lasers) crossed the line abreast battling for 6th place. Rhys (4.7)
was next along with Pater Primrose (Laser) closing in on him, and they were
about 20 seconds ahead of Rick (Laser). Sally & Mike in the second Leader
were next along not far in front of Adrian (Vago s/h). Bringing up the rear was
Ron, who missed his starting slot for the second week in a row! This is despite
being the first boat out on the bank. Its obviously taking him too long to get
his kit on, he’ll have to get a dresser or a valet! Julian W (Solo) came to
grief early on and decided a wet wetsuit was not the thing to have on when a
cold North wind was blowing, so headed to the bank for a hot cup of tea!
By the end of the second lap
Newton & Ellen had come to the front with the 2nd and 3rd
place boats keeping their positions, Karen moved up to 4th and Chris
slipped back to 6th. James and Rick had caught and passed Rhys and
Mike A to move up to 7th and 8th. Adrian had moved up two
places by also passing Rhys and Sally & Mike C.
At the gun the final order
was – 1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Mike T; 3rd
Steve S; 4th Karen; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th
Having got warm and dry
Julian decided to stay that way, but Mark and Ralph entered the fray to bring
the starters up to 15. The course was changed to A, 5, 9, 4, 2, S.
Newton & Ellen were first
back across the line followed by the Lasers of Karen, Mike T, Ralph, James and
Mark. Dave & Ann came through in 7th place nor far ahead of Rick
and Mike C & Sally who crossed the line together. Steve S was only 10
seconds behind them, with Adrian only 10 seconds behind him and 30 seconds
further back Chris H crossed the line just ahead of Rhys. Bringing up the rear
again was Ron, who did not miss the start this time! Mike A retired after
capsizing rounding A and finding that Julian was quite right about the
temperature and the wind chill.
On the second lap there was
no change at the front but Ralph moved up two places to 2nd and
James one place to 4th. Steve S passed Mike C & Sally and Rick
to move up to 8th place. Mike C & Sally also got past Rick as
did Adrian, so Rick slipped back to 11th with Mike & Sally 9th
and Adrian 10th. Behind them, there was no change in position with
Chris, Rhys and Ron.
At the end of the third lap,
Newton & Ellen still led with Ralph 2nd and Mike T 3rd
and James and Mark crossed the line together fighting for 4th spot.
Karen, who was lying 5th retired, so Dave & Ann, Steve S, Mike
& Sally and Adrian moved up to 6th, 7th, 8th and
9th respectively. Chris H and Rhys also gained another place by passing Rick.
On the fourth lap Ralph
retired letting Mike T up to 2nd place and Mark got the better of
James to claim 3rd place.
Everyone behind them gained a place due to Ralph’s retirement, but
Adrian also retired from 9th spot. Rhys passed Chris to move up to 8th
and Ron gained two places due to the retirements.
Chris H, Rick and Ron had all
been lapped before they reached the line, so received the finish gun as they
At the end of the fifth and
last lap there was a dramatic finish when Mike T pipped Newton & Ellen on
the line to take 1st place with Mark 3rd, James 4th
and Dave & Ann 5th. Steve S who was in 6th place retired
letting Mike C & Sally up to 6th place with Rhys the only other
finisher in 7th place.
The final order on the water was –
1st Mike T; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Mark; 4th James; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Mike C & Sally; 7th Rhys.
On corrected time this becomes – 1st Mike T; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Mark; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th James; 6th Ron
Thanks to Julian B and the
OOD Team of John S, Ken P, Nick J and Will S.