Cobley Series 2020 – 4th & 11th October
Initially it was not quite as windy as forecast, but still strong enough to deter most from going out. Four Lasers decided to give it a go, three with full rigs and Ralph with a Radial rig.
With only Lasers out, this was a class time trial and the finishing order was – 1st Darren; 2nd Newton; 3rd Ralph; 4th Mike T.
The wind increased for this second race and at the end of the first lap Darren led across the line followed by Mike T then Ralph in 3rd and Newton 4th.
On the second lap Mike T took the lead with Darren now 2nd and Ralph 3rd and Newton retired.
The order did not change over the next two laps of the race, so the final result was –
1st Mike T; 2nd Darren; 3rd Ralph.
Thanks to SOOD Chris H and Chris K and Dean for running the races.
It was a lovely morning with perfect conditions for sailing and as a consequence 17 boats turned out. Sam and Peter R were the OOD volunteers and set a course of 6, 9, 5, 8, 2 and back through the start line.
Phoebe was first away in her Oppie and then about 11 minutes later the 4.7s of Emily and Rhys and the Comets of Chis H and Nev got away.
At the end of the first lap Karen (Radial) had come through to take the lead with Chris H (Comet) hanging on to 2nd place. Darren (Laser) was up to 3rd with Nev in the second Comet still 4th and Emily (4.7) 5th being caught by Newton (Laser).
Karen managed to retain her lead to the gun and the final positions were –
1st Karen (Radial); 2nd Darren (Laser); 3rd Richard S (Laser); 4th Newton (Laser); 5th Chris H (Comet); 6th James (Laser).
At the end of the first lap it was a bit of a Laser shut out with the first six five boats crossing the line all Lasers, led by Mark then Newton, James, Ralph, Richard S and Chris K.
Next along in 7th place was Chris H (Comet) followed closely by Alistair (Laser), Karen (Radial) then about 10 seconds later the Lasers of Darren and Rick only 5 seconds ahead of Dave & Ann (Leader) and Dean & Nick (Vago).
Emily (4.7) and Nev (Comet) were less than 10 seconds further back, so it was close racing all down the fleet.
Just over a minute later Adrian B came through in his Crescent followed by Phoebe in her Oppie. (This may have been the first appearance of a Crescent in a race at RSC, so it extends further the number of classes we have)
By the end of the second lap Newton had taken the lead (but only just) and the leading bunch of Lasers were still very close together and Chris K and Richards S actually crossed the line abreast.
Karen, Darren and Rick had all squeezed past Alistair and Emily had move up two places by passing Dean & Nick and Dave & Ann.
On the third lap there was no change in the position of the two leaders, but Ralph moved up to 3rd passing James and Karen moved up three places to 5th by getting past Chris K, Richard S and Chris H.
At the back of this battle Darren gained a place by also passing Chris H. Behind them Dave & Ann more than made up the places lost on the previous lap by repassing Emily and Nev and also getting past Rick. In this melee Nev inched ahead of Emily beating her across the line by just one second! (showing my age here but centimetred ahead just does not sound right!)
At the end of this lap Adrian B retired and Phoebe received the hooter.
The fourth lap saw James regain 3rd place from Ralph by just 4 seconds at the line. No change in places 5 to 8, but further back Dave & Ann gained another place to move to 9th and Alistair and Rick were having a real ding dong with Alistair first across the line on this lap and both of them getting past Chris H.
At the end of the last lap Newton crossed in 1st place not far ahead of Mark who had pushed him all race long. Darren gained two places to move up to 6th, Rick and Chris H repassed Alistair and behind them Emily repassed Nev, so there was close racing and lots of changes in position all race long.
The final order on the water was –
1st Newton; 2nd Mark; 3rd James; 4th Ralph; 5th Karen; 6th Darren.
On corrected time this becomes –
1st Newton; 2nd Mark; 3rd Karen; 4th James; 5th Ralph; 6th Chris H.
Thanks to Sam and Peter for volunteering for the OOD duties.