Night Jar 4

Twenty four boats were tempted out on a superb evening with sun, warmth and a Force 2 westerly wind. The course was 0-A-B-4 which gave three off wind kite legs.

The line initially had some port bias but it switched to starboard at the last moment and Alan Jones / Sue Watson made a superb start. Mike Fairlamb / Eric Smith from the port end tacked only to be put about by AJ and they were trapped in the starboard mêlée.

It was John Reekie who took the lead followed by Joan & Jack Hardie and Val & Ken Bell. This was the order at the end of lap 1 with Dave Lawson (Laser), Phil & Emma Davenport and Tog & Joan Cowan also in the mix. Kath Davis / Glenys Kett retired soon after as they were on supper duty and realised there would be more hungry sailors to cater for than they had envisaged!

Some of the Toppers were allowed to do two laps while the remainder were shortened for a single one. Frankie Millar was classified first in that fleet from Nikki Hutchman and Rosie Hogg.

Meanwhile, Mike & Eric had been hauling in Val & Ken but after some spirited tacking and covering they lost out by 6 seconds on the water.

On FH John beat Joan & Jack on corrected time by 2 seconds. But, on PH it was the Solos to the fore, Richard Broughton and Ian Hall sandwiching Joan & Jack in the podium positions.

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