May Day Pennant 2nd May 2021

There were three back-to-back races this year and 13 starters. The wind was a bit tricky coming straight from the West and quite light, although during the races it veered from SW to NW and was even coming from the SE at one point! It also varied in strength from 3 mph to about 10 mph.

The start line was set parallel to the shore just clear of the model boat buoys and the first mark was A (near the buoy line about halfway between 5 and 6), then 5, 7, B (halfway between the shore and the start line).

Race 1

Mark (Laser) was first back across the line followed by Ralph, Mike T and Karen all in Lasers. About one minute later Newton & Sam (RS200) came through in 5th place with Chris K (Laser) and Chris H (Comet) not far behind him in 7th and Mike C in his nicely refurbished Solo was 8th.  Emily & Phoebe were out together in a Feva and just ahead of Aileen (Comet) battling for 9th place. Dave & Ann (Leader) and Rick (Laser) were languishing at the back in the light wind with Paul W even further back in his Morbic12 and he received the gun at the end of this lap as most of the fleet were finishing their second lap at the same time.

On the second lap Mark still led but Mike T passed Ralph for 2nd place and there were no other changes in position. Rick received the gun at the end of this lap.

Mark crossed the line to finish 1st, but Newton & Sam had moved up to 2nd with Chris K passing Ralph to take 4th place. Mike C had a good last lap moving up two places to 6th and Dave & Ann also moved up two places to 9th. Aileen won her battle with Emily and Phoebe to finish in 10th place.

The final order on the water was –

1st Mark; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd Mike T; 4th Chris K; 5th Ralph; 6th Mike C

On corrected time there were some significant changes –

1st Chris H; 2nd Mark; 3rd Mike C; 4th Newton & Sam; 5th Mike |T; 6th Chris K

Race 2

The course remained the same as did the first lap leader with Mark crossing just ahead of Karen. There was then a gap before Newton & Sam came along in 3rd place not far ahead of Mike T and Dave & Ann who were followed closely by Chris K and Mike C. Ralph and Chris H crossed the line together battling for 8th place and Chris H was striving to catch them. Emily & Phoebe and Aileen were at it again and difficult to split as they crossed the line with Rick much better away this time and closing on them rapidly. Paul W was as usual observing the fleet with interest.

On the second lap there was no change in the first three places, but Dave & Ann were up to 4th and Rick had rocketed up to 5th. Ralph, Chris H and Emily & Phoebe all gained two places to move up to 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Paul received the gun at the end of the lap.

At the end of the last lap remarkably there was no change in the order of the first seven boats! Chris K had regained three places to finish 8th and Aileen and Mike C both regained one place to take 9th and 11th places.

The order on the water was –

1st Mark; 2nd Karen; 3rd Newton & Sam; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th Rick; 6th Ralph

On corrected time the order becomes-

1st Mark; 2nd Karen; 3rd Chris H; 4th Newton & Sam; 5th Dave & Ann; 6th Rick

Race 3

There was a course change for this third race with the start line more or less the same, but the first mark was now 5 then 8, 9, B and back through the start.

For a change, Newton & Sam were the first back through the line followed by the Lasers of Mile T, Mark and Ralph. Dave & Ann were next through in 5th place just ahead of Rick but the next four were very close together with Chris H leading Mike C, Karen and Chris K. Behind them Aileen and Emily & Phoebe had re-joined battle and were only 10 seconds apart with Paul W cheering from behind.

Like the previous race the leading three remained the same but Karen and Chris K both gained five places to move up to 4th and 5th respectively. Further back Emily & Phoebe had passed Aileen and Rick retired (he had been hoping for more wind so that he could fit this one in, but alas ran out of time as his pass-out was about to expire!) Paul received the gun at the end of the lap.

Newton & Sam took the victory as they crossed the line about one minute ahead of Mike T in 2nd place. Karen just pipped Mark for 3rd place with no change in 5th and 6th positions. The race long battle behind these between Dave & Ann, Chris H and Mike C was won by Chris, but only by 10 seconds as both he and Mike managed to squeeze past Dave & Ann. Behind them Aileen had managed to repass Emily and Phoebe, but again it was a close finish.

The order on the water was –

1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Karen; 4th Mark; 5th Chris K; 6th Ralph, all in Lasers apart from the RS200 at the front.

Unusually they all retained their positions on corrected time. The first time that this has happened for a long time!

All three races counted towards the overall winner, and the recipient of the May Day Pennant with  first, second and fourth place finishes was Mark B (or would have been if Newton had brought the right trophy along!)

Congratulations to Mark.

Thanks to SOOD Mike A and the team of Alistair S, Bill C, Christine H and Sally.