Frostbite Series 3 – 9th January 2022
With a SW wind about 10 mph, Ralph set the first beat down to 4, then A (going towards 2), 9, 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.
There were 15 starters and at the end of a lap the order was still pretty well the order that they had started, with the Comets of Aileen and Chris H followed by the Solos of Roland S and Mike C with Karen/Radial in 5th place and the first Laser of Mike T in 6th. At the gun the order was -1st Chris H; 2nd Aileen; 3rd Mike C; 4th Roland; 5th Paul R (who was last to get away in his Aero); 6th Karen
Mark opted out of this one, so the fleet was now down to 14.
First back across the line was Paul/Aero and he led for all three laps of the race. The boats behind Paul were very close at the end of the first lap with Roland S in 2nd place leading James P/Laser, Newton & Sam/RS200, Darren/Laser and Mike T/Laser , all covered by 45 seconds. Karen/Radial crossed in 7th place just one second ahead of Mike C/Solo with Chris H/Comet, Rick/Laser and Dave & Ann/Leader not far behind them. Jon/Laser came through 30 seconds later in 12th place, surprising for him as he is usually up towards the front. Also surprising was Aileen/Comet back in 13th after her stellar second place in the first race! At the back Paul W was sailing merrily along in his Morbic.
By the end of the second lap, Paul had increased his lead at the front and Darren had moved up three places to 2nd with James still in 3rd with Roland down to 4th. Newton & Sam had a bit of a fracas at No 4 and had to do turns resulting in Mike T, Mike C and Chris H all getting past them. Further back Jon gained two places getting past Dave & Ann and Rick. Paul W received the gun at the end of his second lap.
Paul finished in 1st place and James managed to pip Darren for 2nd spot. There was a really tight battle for 4th place with Roland crossing just one second ahead of Mike T. Jon had a good last lap moving up four places to 6th and Dave & Ann gained a place by passing Karen.
The order on the water was – 1st Paul; 2nd James P; 3rd Darren; 4th Roland; 5th Mike T; 6th Jon.
On corrected time this changes to – 1st Chris H; 2nd Roland; 3rd James P; Equal 4th Paul and Darren; 6th Mike T
Well done to Chris H with another double in his Comet.
Thanks to SOOD Ralph and the team of Alessandro, Bea, Chris Knt, Gareth E, Hadey and Jewels.