Commodore’s Prize

On 16/17 June the GPs were sailing for the Commodore’s Prize while the Flying 15s were sailing for the Mellor Mug.

A fresh north easterly breeze on Saturday before racing started frightened off some F15 sailors and left William Carruthers/Tim Chittenden to battle it out with Mike Moore/Ian Smith. The winds had eased by the start of the race; William was first to the windward mark and continued to increase his lead on Mike. This was helped somewhat by one of the intermittent gusts which left Mike somewhat water logged. In race 2 William again took an early lead but a windshift on the second beat allowed Mike to sail a course 20 degrees higher and take the lead which he held until the finish. On Sunday the wind was from the North with odd gusts swinging from either side. Those that stayed with the wind were on a winner. Mike Moore tussled with Ian Campbell/Tony Fisher throughout race 3 and took another first. William took the lead for race 4 but slipped into a calm patch for a minute and ended up chasing Ian all the way to the finish. So everything depended on the outcome of the final race. Mike followed the western shore, which he had favoured all weekend, and was first to the windward mark followed by William then Ian. This order continued to the finish and was, indeed, the overall result.

For the first race of the Commodore’s Prize, a strong fleet of GPs was lead by Andy Smith/Mark Somerville until the final beat when a windshift dumped them into 5th position. Mike Fairlamb/Mike Cowan took advantage of the situation, and held on to first place until the finish. David/Lynne Lawson took command of all four remaining races and won the series. As with the F15s, the top flight of competitors enjoyed some excellent racing for which the outcome was generally determined by the vagaries of the wind rather than poor sailing.

MELLOR MUG

PN    Boat  Helm            1   2   3   4   5 Pts
 1    3473  M MOORE         2   1   1   3   1   3
 2    3268  W CARRUTHERS    1   2   3   2   2   5
 3    3560  I CAMPBELL    DNS DNS   2   1   3   6
 4    3521  P BURNELL     DNS DNS   4   4   4  12
 5     530  K CLARK       DNS DNS RTD   5 DNS  17

          Points for RTD =  3   3   6   6   5
          Points for DSQ =  3   3   6   6   5
          Points for DNS =  6

 3 races to count
LASER ISEL CUP

PN    Boat  Helm            1   2   3   4   5 Pts
 1  137629  M FAIRLAMB    DNS DNS DNS   1   1   2
 2  131943  J ROWBOTHAM   DNS DNS   1   4   2   3
 3  152106  R STOREY      DNS DNS   2   2 DNS   4
 4  128898  O MASON       DNS DNS   3   5 DNS   8
 5   12324  D PRYDE       DNS DNS DNS   3 DNS  10
 6  160516  T CHITTENDEN  DNS DNS   4 DNS DNS  11

          Points for RTD =  0   0   5   6   3
          Points for DSQ =  0   0   5   6   3
          Points for DNS =  7

 2 races to count
COMMODORES PRIZE

PN    Boat  Helm            1   2   3   4   5 Pts
 1   13176  D LAWSON        3   1   1   1   1   3
 2   13327  MiFAIRLAMB      1   4   4   2   2   5
 3   13254  A GREENHALGH    5   3   2   4   5   9
 4  169106  A SMITH         2   5   5   3   6  10
 5   13326  R DAWSON        4   2   6   5   4  10
 6   13539  J CRUICKSHAN    6   6   3   6   3  12
 7   13142  A HODGKINS      7   7   8   7 DNS  21
 8   11679  R HODGKINS     10   9   7 DNS DNS  26
 9   12324  D PRYDE         8   8 DNS DNS DNS  30
10   13118  V BELL        DNS DNS   9   8 DNS  31
11    6642  J SHARP         9 RTD  10 DNS DNS  31
12   12682  E SMITH       RTD  10 DNS DNS DNS  36

          Points for RTD = 12  12  11   9   7
          Points for DSQ = 12  12  11   9   7
          Points for DNS = 13

 3 races to count
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