The course was set with a reasonable southerly wind, starting between the commando and ‘C’, then to ‘K’, ‘D’ and back to ‘C’ taking all buoys to port. Unfortunately the wind had almost died away for the first start, for 303s. That left the risk takers too far away to get back to the start line for the whistle, I reckon they’ll stay closer to the start line next week. By the time the Martins and 2.4s started the wind had filled in but moved round to the south south west. That was fortunate for the OOD because I forgot my phone with the handicap adjustments and started the faster boats with a 10 minute delay instead of 8. The five fast boats being the first five finishers. I’ll have a printed reminder next time!
The first lap was probably the most important of the race with the 303s and Liberty working hard to find and make use of the wind. Bob Fisher had been half way across the lake at the start whistle and actually started a few minutes after the whistle for the 303s. He made up for it by overhauling the boats ahead of him and was first to complete lap one. He was followed by Peter Gregory in a 2.4, despite the ten minute handicap, and then Steve Farmer.
By the end of the second lap the handicap had been unwound and the five fast boats, led by Peter Gregory, went through in the first five positions. That continued until the race finish.
When you look at the series results you’ll see that we now have enough competitors completing five races to be able to show provisional positions. Kim is in first position followed by Mike Blatchford and David Mason in equal second with a tie between Mark Cayzer and Peter Wagner for fourth. The scores between the boats are very close so its important to keep on plugging away to replace your highest scoring race with a lower number. There are plenty of boats that haven’t completed five races yet but their scores to date indicate they’ll pop into a high position when they qualify. Not least is Peter Gregory who has four wins on the scoreboard.
Don’t forget to let me or Peter know if you’d like training or a different race format or any other changes.
Result: 1.Peter G, 2.Mike, 3.Mark, 4.David, 5.Peter W, 6.Bob, 7.Steve, 8.Andy, 9.Fay, (Brian Retired)