Commodore’s Cup Race 2 – 21st April 2021
The wind was in a tricky direction tonight, NE about 5-10 mph, which forced SOOD Chris H to use a Committee Boat start.
It turned out to be a four lapper and Dave & Nikki (National12) were in the lead across the line at the end of the first lap with Newton (Solo) just 10 seconds behind them. Mike T (Laser) was 3rd with Will (Radial) 4th and Karen (Laser) 5th. Adrian (Rooster) was next through in 6th place just ahead of Dave & Ann (Leader), Ralph (Laser) and Gareth (Laser). The Lasers of Mark and Darren were next across the line in 10th and 11th places, a change for them to see so many boats in front of them!
In 12th place were Chris & Hilary (Wanderer, but where was our other Wanderer – Mike C where are you, we could have a fleet!). Rick and Nigel in two more Lasers crossed the line together battling for 13th place and they were about a minute ahead of Sally in her Comet who was only just ahead of fellow Comet helm Aileen (Cum on Aileen). Paul H, our sole remaining Supernova star, was next through a long way ahead of our only gaff rigger Paul W (Morbic12) and finally came the only Oppie out tonight with brave Phoebe at the helm.
Emily (4.7) seemed to have slipped under the radar and was not picked up for the first two laps but reappeared on the third lap!
At the end of the second lap there was no change with the first two, but Karen moved up to 3rd with William still 4th. Ralph gained three places to move up to 5th and Darren gained two to move to 8th.
Nigel moved up one to 13th and Aileen passed Sally to gain 14th place with Paul H also moving up one to 16th spot. Paul W and Phoebe received the gun at the end of the lap.
Dave & Nikki increased their lead on the third lap with no change in the 2nd and 3rd places, but Mike T had got going again to move up to 4th. Darren and Adrian had also got the boosters on, moving up three and five places respectively to 5th and 6th. Then hurrah, up popped Emily in 7th spot, but bad news for everyone else as they either held or lost places and Sally (who had repassed Aileen), Aileen and Gareth received the gun.
The last lap saw no change at the front, but Newton lost his 2nd place to Karen and Darren gained another two places to finish 3rd. Ralph had a storming last lap gaining five places to take 4th. Mark and Dave & Ann moved up a place to finish 10th and 11th. Nigel who had a race long battle with Rick manged to beat him across the line but they both gained a place by passing Chris & Hilary.
The final order on the water was –
1st Dave & Nikki; 2nd Karen; 3rd Darren; 4th Ralph; 5th Newton; 6th Adrian
On corrected time this becomes-
1st Dave & Nikki; 2nd Newton; 3rd William; 4th Karen; 5th Darren; 6th Sally
Although there may be a Steward’s enquiry as I thought Karen was sailing a Radial, rather than a full rig, but perhaps this is only for the Spring series.
Thanks to SOOD Chris H and the team of Angus, Nick and Rich.