Fleet Challenge

This year a different format has been adopted for this series in that we are trying out having eight short races over a weekend.

Before the start of the first race, the gusty conditions was sufficient to make Paul Burnell and Neil Currie think twice about even hoisting their sails. But were they right? On the first beat one gust that came through flattened Steve Hunt (well he did comment that if it’s windy he expects to capsize), Jim Christie and Rory Yardley, but by the end of the beat, William Carruthers was in the lead, the wind had died, and the rest of the fleet were bunching and drifting around the windward mark. You would think there was little room for error due to having such short races, but Steve Hunt, despite capsizing, spotted the wind filling in and was soon back in the lead. The rest of the afternoon’s racing continued in a bit of a stop start manner, with Hugh Godfrey emerging as the overnight leader. As he was OD for Sunday’s racing, would it be cancelled while he is ahead?!

Sunday morning was beautiful, sunny with a slight breeze, something that we haven’t been used to for a while. The breeze picked up for the second of the morning races, but over lunchtime it faded to nothing, so it was indeed time to abandon racing for the day. However, by this time Steve Hunt and Ruth Critchley had secured another couple of firsts and the series.

FLEET CHALLENGE A

PN    Boat  Helm          Class        1   2   3   4   5   6 Pts
 1    1210  S HUNT        RS400        4   2   1   1   1   1   4
 2   13839  H GODFREY     GP           1   1   5   2  OD DNS   7
 3    1148  N CURRIE      RS400      DNS   8   2   3   6   3  14
 4    2324  R BLACKBURN   LARK         6   3 RTD DNS   3   5  17
 5    3473  M MOORE       FF           5   4   3 RTD   9   9  21
 6  167828  I MACPHERSON  LAS          2   7 RTD   4  10  10  23
 7     937  W CARRUTHERS  RS400        8   9   4 RTD   8   6  26
 8    1146  P BURNELL     RS400      DNS  10   6 DNS   4   7  27
 9    1049  M SOMERVILLE  RS400       OD DNS DNS DNS   2   2  30
10   13749  R DAWSON      RS400        3   5 DNS   5 DNS DNS  36
11   40894  S HALL        TOP         11  12   7   6 DNS DNS  36
12   13733  A HODGKINS    GP           7 DNS DNS DNS   7   4  41
13    1140  J CHRISTIE    VORTEX      10   6 RTD DNS DNS DNS  51
14    1125  JoHALLIDAY    RS400      DNS DNS DNS DNS   5  11  62
15     338  R YARDLEY     RS300        9  11 DNS DNS DNS DNS  66
16   13326  S WATSON      GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS  13   8  69
17     103  A NICHOLSON   VARIO      DNS DNS DNS DNS  11  14  71
18     400  T KNOWLES     RSFEVA     DNS DNS DNS DNS  14  12  72
19   13839  D NICHOLSON   GP         DNS DNS DNS DNS  12  13  73
20  813467  D WRIGHT      GP         DNS DNS DNS   7 DNS DNS  76
21  122174  P DILLON      LAS        DNS DNS DNS DNS  15  15  76
22  913467  M WRIGHT      GP         DNS DNS   8 DNS DNS DNS  77

                     Points for RTD = 12  13  12  10  16  16  
                     Points for DSQ = 12  13  12  10  16  16  
                     Points for DNS = 23

 4 races to count
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