There was a light 3-7 mph WSW wind this morning. Paul R was SOOD but not sure what course was set as it was not recorded on the race sheet!
There were 17 starters and the early birds, Chris H/Comet, Adrian/Avon Scow, Paul W/Morbic , Newton/Solo, Dave & Ann/Leader and Aileen /Comet were still leading at the end of the lap. The first Lasers were James P, Rick, Karen and Richard S followed by Jazmine in her Topaz.
The fleet managed three laps before the 35 minute gun sounded to signal the end of the race and the finishing order was- 1st Chris H; 2nd Dave 7 Ann; 3rd Karen; 4th Richard S; 5th Newton; 6th James P;7th Mark; 8th Rick.
Everyone stayed out for the second race and first back across the line was Karen/Laser closely followed by Richard S/Laser. Chris H/Comet was going well in 3rd place with the Lasers of James P and Adrian F crossing the line in 4th and 5th positions and Newton/Solo was only one second further back. Mark was next along in 7th place followed by Alessandro & Mike T/470. Then came a trio of Lasers, Rick, Mike Todd and Alastair being chased by Aileen/Comet (probably the fist time in a long time that they have been chased by a fair maiden!) Towards the rear of the fleet there was a motley collection, Nigel/Laser, Dave & Ann/Leader, Adrian/Avon Scow and Paul W/Morbic. Jazmine retired on this lap.
Richard S was in the lead at the end of this lap relegating Karen to 2nd place with Chris H still 3rd. Newton and Mark were both up two places to 4th and 5th respectively. Further back Dave & Ann had passed Nigel, and Adrian and Paul W were passed by the leaders before completing their second lap and were duly tooted.
Karen had retaken the lead and crossed the finish line to take first place on the water.
Richards was still in 2nd place and there were no changes in the 3rd, 4th and 5th positions. Alessandro & Mike T had gained a place to take 6th and Rick was up two places to 7th. Aileen and Dave & Ann also moved up two places to 10th and 11th.
The order on the water was – 1st Karen; 2nd Richard S; 3rd Chris H; 4th Newton; 5th Mark; 6th Alessandro & Mike T; 7th Rick; 8th James P
On corrected time this would become – 1st Chris H; 2nd Newton; 3rd Aileen; 4th Karen; 5th Richard S; 6th Mark.
However, on the race sheet it looks as there may be trouble at t’mill ! Chris H may have retired and Karen may have infringed.
The results have not yet been published on the web site so we will have to wait for confirmation. A reet cliff hanger !
Thanks to SOOD Paul R and the race team of Anne Mir, Cecilia Bernadini, Chris ? and Mike Caton.