Commodore’s Cup Race 6 – 18th May 2022
A fairly light SSE wind about 5-8 mph which dropped during the evening. SOOD Dave L made liberal use of the letter buoys resulting in a course of B, C, 4, D and back through the start (and your guess is as good as mine as to where they were located!)
Twenty starters tonight and first back round was James C/RS300 already a minute and a half ahead of Steve S & Rick/RS200 followed by Newton & Sam in another RS200.Ralph/Laser was 4th in touching distance of the leaders and nearly two minutes ahead of Mike T/Laser, who was closely followed by Chris H/Comet and Karen/Laser. Next along were Roland/Solo and Emily/Radial who crossed the line together battling for 8th place. Nearly two minutes later Alessandro & Matt/470 crossed in 11th place just ahead of Sally/Comet. Then there was another wait of two minutes until Aileen/Comet crossed 30 seconds ahead of Rich/Comet Duo and Jamie H/Laser and they were being chased by Ainhoa, Paul H and Jeremy, all in Lasers. Bringing up the rear was Paul W/Morbic and he was well ahead of the Mirrors of Ron and 3518 (which may have been Uriel Susanne Clausen).
Not much changed with the leading six boats, but Roland was pressing Karen for 7th place as they crossed the line together. Further back Paul H had gained two places by passing Ainhoa and Jamie. Paul W and the two Mirrors received the hotter at the end of this lap.
James C crossed the line well ahead of everyone else having led from start to finish, but the question would be was he far enough ahead to take victory on handicap. Newton & Sam were second across the line with Mike T 3rd and Ralph 4th. Roland had won his battle with Karen to cross in 5th place.
On the water the order was –
1st James C; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd Mike T; 4th Ralph; 5th Roland; 6th Karen ; 7th Steve & Rick; 8th Chris H
On corrected time this becomes – 1st Chris H; 2nd Sally; 3rd Roland ; 4th Aileen; 5th Newton & Sam; 6th Mike T
A good night for the Comets and the Solo, but not so good for the faster rated boats.
Thanks to SOOD Dave L and the race team of Andre Eitner, Chris Andrews, Ian Stewart, Keith Baxter and Leon Skilling.