Night Jar A5 – 23 May 13

The thought of tackling force 7 winds which were blowing around the Solway put a fair few off getting to the Club for tackling Round 5 of the Night Jar. Ten boats were readied but Martin Overend was without a crew and Alan Jones lost a halyard down the mast.

Julian Cruickshank and Ian Macpherson took the Bates out to set a course but, with a NW wind, finding a true beat was tricky. They decided on a start line upwind of 4 and 1-5-A-4 as an interesting, but little used course including two beats.

The GP of Dave & Lynn Lawson led at the first mark but they were overhauled by Graham Kirkpatrick / Kayla Sheard and then Tim Knowles / Martin Statter in their Fifteens. Joe Watkins’ 300 was in touch with the lead group until a capsize dropped him back down the order.

Mike Fairlamb was finding that he was unable to flatten the Streaker’s sail sufficiently for the beats and he also dropped back, while the 200 of Mike & Joan Cowan went for a wide rounding of 1 and lost time in the wind shadow. On the second lap Joe again capsized and decided to retire.

Results showed Dave & Lynn finishing ahead of Graham & Kayla on both FH and PH. Tim & Martin were third on FH with Eric Guillois / Chris Brookes taking their FF into third place on PH.

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