What a great day to storm any Bastille-like challenge – such as another Race in the WS Spring Series!! The overall WS Racers’ Positions have been updated on the Series Chart and the Lap Position Chart is shown below. Well done to David Mason and Andy Wallace for chipping away at the overall score for their five best places in all their qualifying races. David has moved up to 2nd equal with Kim and Andy is 10th equal with Brian! Only two more Races to go before we complete this Series.
Excellent race reporting below by Bob Fisher – his insight amazes me, although I feel that the Trustees may wish to invite him in for an interview and some tests on his eyesight and hearing before validating the report. I have heard about a wild beastie missing from its normal sanctuary in Kent and that its keeper was leaving food out to encourage it to come home – so maybe Mike C might try that trick (it certainly works for my wife when she wants me back home from my travels to cut the grass etc.)!
As Bob points out, Peter G in his red torpedo, with its shiny new white sails, did do incredibly well as he pretty rapidly overhauled every boat on the lake in front of him and then started to lap a few of the tail enders. He was sailing so fast that his momentum seemed to keep him moving forward and overtaking other boats even through the 5 minutes of lull that descended upon the lake during the third lap causing everybody else to stop in their tracks! Nevertheless the chart below shows how well Paul, Steve and Brian did in keeping themselves at the front of the race (albeit behind Peter G) for so long. And Brian Mac was sailing so well that he may well have held onto his 4th place if he hadn’t interpreted my shout of “Well done Brian”, as he was heading towards Mark K for the fourth time, as: “You’ve just finished the Race” instead of “KEEP GOING since you’ve got lots of folk breathing down your transom!” Next time we looked in his direction, Bob Marsh and I were astounded to see Brian heading in and so Bob called the pontoon on the radio to ask them to tell Brian that the race was still on! But too late, Brian had decided to give up his 4th place in favour of a nice hot cuppa tea!
The handicapping system that delays the Start time between the boat classes really highlights how important it is for the 303s to get a REALLY GOOD START and then push on as hard as they can – because you know that the Liberty helms (if they can steer – sorry about your problems Mike, Kim and Peter, but it seems that weed may have got entangled around your rudders/keel) will only be 1 minute behind you. And although 9 or 10 minutes sounds like a long time, you have all seen how fast the 2.4 and Martin can be sailed once they have been let loose and when there is a half decent wind!
In conclusion, it was really great to see all 13 entrants having so much fun on the water, trying to out sail each other, and then to listen over lunch to all the stories of who had done what to whom – whilst knowing that I would have to wait until I read the unexpurgated version in Bob’s unofficial Race Report (below!)
I am already looking forward to next week’s race – have a good week in the meanwhile. Cheers, Peter
Final Result: 1. Peter G; 2. David Mason; 3. Paul Varney/Tony; 4. Kim; 5. Steve; 6. Malcolm Hill/Mike Mackenzie; 7. Andy Wallace/Anne; 8. Ann Frewer/James; 9. Peter W; 10. Fay/John Douglas; 11. Bob F; Retired: Brian Mac and Mike B