Sunset Shield 7 – 22nd September 2021

A reasonable SW wind of 8-10 mph at the start of the race but this gradually dropped as the evening wore on. Hadey (on duty again!) set a first beat to 4 then 2, 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.In the dropping wind it turned out to be a two lapper with the unfortunate boats towards the back of the fleet taking twice as long to complete the last lap as they did the first!

Newton & Sam (RS200) were first back across the line followed by Mike T (Laser), Roland (Solo) and Ralph and Darren in Lasers. A minute later Mike C (Solo) crossed in 6th place and he was a minute ahead of Nigel in another Laser. Mike A (Lightning) was through in 8th just ahead of Dean & Nick (Vago) who earlier had encountered our version of the Sargasso Sea near No 2. Alessandro & Matt (470) were next along in 10th place followed by Sally (Comet) who had Paul H (Laser) sitting on her transom. In fact he was in a Comet sandwich as Aileen in her Comet was not far behind him (there are worse places to be !). Ainoah (Radial) was just ahead of Carston and Hattie in Lasers and bringing up the rear of the fleet were Paul W (Morbic), Unknown in Laser RSC 22 (apologies) and Angus in his Mirror.

On the last lap there was no change at the front, but Darren moved up three places to take 2nd with Roland still 3rd. Further back Dean & Nick gained a place to take 8th and Aileen gained five places to finish 10th with Paul H and Carston also moving up one place.

The final order on the water was – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Darren; 3rd Roland; 4th Mike T; 5th Ralph; 6th Mike C.

On corrected time this changes to – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Roland; 3rd Darren; 4th Mike C; 5th Mike T; 6th Ralph.

Thanks to SOOD Hadey and the team of Karen, Suzi, Jeremy and Rich.