The wind was quite a breezy SSW tonight, about 16 mph at the start of the race and dropping down to about 12 mph as the race went on. Rick used a first mark as A (near Tektona but more in the middle of the lake) then 4, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.
There were 18 starters tonight and before the start Mike A found his rudder was jammed in a horizontal position. Trying to move it he manged to pull it off the pintles and was heading smartly towards the buoy line when Steve S & Nick J in the safety boat managed to halt his progress. Mike then managed to reseat his rudder, albeit in a jammed down position!
At the end of the first lap Mike T (Laser) crossed the line in the lead followed by Newton & Sam (RS200) then the Lasers of Jamie H, Mark and Ralph. Next through in 6th place was Roland (Solo) with Alex & Matt (470) going well in 7th place with Mike C in another Solo just 6 seconds behind them. There was a gap of about 2 minutes before the Comets of Chris H and Aileen came along, battling for 9th place with Dave & Ann just behind them in 11th place.
Mike A (Lightning) was next along, about a minute ahead of Sally in another Comet. Then Nick H (Laser), Paul W (Morbic) and Angus (Mirror) made up the remainder of the fleet.
The two Richards, respectively RH in a Laser and RF in a Comet Duo both retired. Not sure what happened to them, but at one stage Richard H was seen heading rapidly towards No 2 with his boom pointing skywards!
On the second lap Mark and Jamie both passed Newton & Sam to move up to 2nd and 3rd places. Ralph and Roland maintained 5th and 6th but were starting to open a gap of a minute on the next boat, which was Mike C with Dave & Ann moving up three places to 8th pushing Alex & Matt down to 9th place. Chris H had moved away from Aileen in the battle of the Comets and she was now only one second ahead of Mike A as they crossed the line. Nick H gained a place by passing Sally and Paul W and Angus were persevering at the rear of the fleet.
The third lap saw no change in the first two, but Newton & Sam had repassed Jamie to move up to 3rd place. Further back Dave & Ann had passed Mike C to move to 8th and Mike A had passed Aileen to move to 10th. Alex & Matt and Sally retired on this lap and Angus received the gun at the end of his third lap.
By the end of the fourth lap Mark had moved into the lead and Ralph had now moved to 3rd place passing Jamie and Newton & Sam. Roland was still in 6th place and these leading six boats had a gap of over 4 minutes on the rest of the fleet. There were no changes in the positions of the following boats. Mike A, Aileen, Nick H and Paul W all received the finish gun at the end of their fourth lap as the had been lapped by the leader. In fact Aileen whooped for joy as Mark came past and Mike A sailed a somewhat peculiar course after rounding 6 to make sure that he was lapped!
On the last lap Mark held his lead with Mike T one minute behind him and there were no changes in position, so the final order was – 1st Mark; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Ralph; 4th Newton & Sam; 5th Jamie H; 6th Roland.
On corrected time the only change is Roland moving up to 3rd place.
Thanks to SOOD Rick and the race team of Ian S, Nick J and Steve S.
Mike A ended the evening as he started with a minor disaster when he nose dived into the lake attempting a jump into the water to glide his boat onto the trolley (Tom Daley he ain’t and he can’t knit either!)