Eight boats have gone afloat for the two races of Autumn Series B. The Laser Radial of Colin Smith is leading the fleet, in second place is the Contender but following a capsize that honour now belongs to the Laser 2000 of Lawrie Dengate and Mags Gawecka. The battle for 3rd place is being battled out between the Laser 4.7's and at present Matthew Bradgate is in 3rd place ahead of James Woodward, the Laser Radial of Olaf Petersen is in 5th place, Andy Ekins is in 6th place. The Contender has retired from the Race following the capsize.
The Laser Radial of Colin Smith is still way ahead of the rest of the fleet and has begun to lap some of the other boats in the race, the Laser 2000 has had a capsize, despite this is still holding on to second place, the Laser 2000 has taken another dip and the Laser Radial of James Woodward has moved up into second place. There have been a number of retirements from this race.
As there is another race to be held this afternoon, the Race Officer has shortened the course and the first boat to finish is the Laser 4.7 of James Woodward, then the Laser 4.7 of Matt Bradfield and close behind is the Laser Radial of Colin Smith then the Laser 2000 of Lawrie Dengate followed by the Laser Radial of Olaf Petersen.
1st Laser 4.7 42 James Woodward
2nd Laser 4.7 154831 Matthew Bradfield
3rd Laser 2000 22175 Lawrie Dengate and Mags Gawecka
Race 2 is under way, due to a number of retirements from Race One the fleet has been reduced from eight to four boats, the 29er after a case of 29eritis (not ready for 1st race) has had a great start and pulled ahead of the Laser Radial of Colin Smith leaving him well in their wake. Whilst the 29er favoured sailing out to sea further then tacking down on to the mark SP1, the Laser Radial took a different course and sailed along the coast line for a while before tacking out to SP1. The 29er has raised it's distinctive Red Kite and increased it's lead however, the Laser Radial is in pursuit.
In third place in the Laser 4.7 is James Woodward and in 4th is the Laser Radial of Olaf Petersen, an untimely capsize just before SP1 has allowed the Laser Radial of Colin Smith to catch him and pass him and then pursue the Laser 4.7 of James Woodward. Ahead of the three Lasers is the 29er who is flying around the course, not even the increase in the wind can deter the Dyer Boys.
The Laser Radial of Olaf Petersen has had a number of capsizes but this does not deter him from carrying on the race, the Laser 4.7 of James Woodward is still in third place.
The Race Officer has once again shortened the course. First to finish is the Laser 4.7 of James Woodward, followed by Olaf Petersen.
1st Laser Radial 186804 Colin Smith
2nd Laser 4.7 42 James Woodward
3rd 29er 1026 Michael and Samuel Dyer