It was a pleasant morning with a SSW wind around 12 – 15 mph. Mark B set the first mark as 2 then 4, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.
The Comets of Aileen, Sally and Chris H were first away along with Emily in her 4.7. Then the next group was Will (Solo), Dave & Ann (Leader) and Karen (Radial) followed by the Lasers of Alistair and Ralph and the Vago of Dean & Nick with Paul R last away in his Aero 7.
At the end of the first lap Chris H was leading with Dave & Ann up to 2nd place with Karen in 3rd.
On the second lap Paul came through to lead with Dave & Ann and Karen keeping their positions with Chris H down to 4th andEmily and Ralph level in 5th place.
At the gun, the final order was – 1st Paul; 2nd Dave & Ann; 3rd Karen; 4th Ralph; 5th Chris H; 6th Emily.
Nick T joined the second race bringing the fleet up to 12.
At the end of the first lap Paul (Aero 7) led across the line with Karen (Radial) about 30 seconds behind just in front of Ralph (Laser). Dave & Ann (Leader) came through in 4th place just 15 seconds ahead of Chris H (Comet) in 5th place with Emily (4.7) only 10 seconds further back. Alistair (Laser), Dean & Nick (Vago) and Nick (Laser) crossed close together battling for 7th place. Next across the line was Sally ((Comet) in 10th place followed by Will (Solo) and Aileen (Comet).
On the second lap there was no change in order for the first four boats, but Emily, Alistair and Nick had got past Chris to move up to 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively. Sally gained a place by passing Dean & Nick and Aileen retired.
The third lap saw Paul cross the line two minutes ahead of Ralph who had passed Karen to move up to 2nd. Alistair gained a place by passing Emily and Dean & Nick regained a place by passing Sally. Sally and Will received the gun at the end of this lap.
At the end of the last lap the first four boats retained their positions, but Nick moved up to 5th by passing Alistair and Emily and there were no other changes.
The order on the water was –
1st Paul; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Karen; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th Nick; 6th Alistair.
On corrected time this becomes – 1st Karen; 2nd Paul; 3rd Ralph; 4th Emily; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Chris H.
Thanks to Mark, Ken, and Nigel for volunteering for OOD duty.