Spring Series C
Sunday 24th April 2016
With quite large seas leading up to the start of the afternoon racing, the start for race one was delayed for a while. Three boats were ready for the race, 2 Laser Radials and a Vago.
Due to a series of events before and during the start sequence, the early lead of Laser Radial 157435 went unobserved as the Vago of Elliott Jiwani-Brown and Mark Brown experienced a few problems - one of them fell out of the boat and the other Laser Radial of Karl Royer had to return to shore as the Laser was taking in water due to no bung.
The Laser Radial 157435 had taken an early lead which it went on to extend. However the Vago managed to make up ground by raising its spinnaker and putting themselves back in contention. By the time the second Laser Radial got back into the race, the first Laser Radial had completed one lap was beginning the second lap.
The Vago took every opportunity to use the spinnaker where possible though wisely took it down before gybing around the mark. The second Laser Radial began its second leg as the first one was catching up with it.
A decision to shorten the Race was made as there was another race to run and the signal sounded as the lead boat rounded the Distance Mark.
1st Laser Radial 157435 Graham Harbord
2nd Laser Radial 34096 Karl Royer
3rd Vago 943 Elliott Jiwani-Brown and Mark Brown
Before the second Race, a decision was made to change the course so the boats had to sail round SP1 and SP2.
The start of the second race went smoothly with none of the dramas at the start of the first race, in fact all three boats were there on the line together. After the start of the race, the three boats went their different ways. The Vago took an early lead ably assisted by the use of its spinnaker, whilst Laser Radial 157435 favoured sailing along the coast then tacking out to SP1, the other Laser Radial 34096 followed the course of the Vago and this paid off as it put him into second place. The Vago maintained its lead over the two Laser Radials throughout the race when once again the Race Officer took the decision to shorten the race.
1st Laser Radial 34096 Karl Royer
2nd Vago 9423 Elliott Jiwani-Brown and Mark Brown
3rd Laser Radial 157435 Graham Harbord
Race report and photographs of the fun on the water by Liz Smith.