It was very blustery when 9 boats took to the water today for the latest races in the Youth Squad Saturday Series. 6 toppers, a taz, a laser radial and a byte started the first race. There were numerous capsizes before and during the race and credit goes to all the sailors who got back in their boats and carried on to the finish. Well done to you all! Lewis Tyson in his topper and Joe Watkins in his byte led the fleet from start to finish with Joe finishing first, but Lewis winning on handicap by 50 seconds. They did three laps while Robin Crawley did 2 laps in his topper. Ben, Ethan and Christina Tully all in toppers and Luke Howorth in his taz managed one lap in the very testing conditions.
The wind eased a little for the second race. Again, Joe won on the water but Lewis beat him on handicap – this time by only 28 seconds. Robin finished ahead of Christina by less than a minute. There was a very close finish between Ben and Ethan. Ben had been in the lead, but Ethan (who was sailing with a reefed sail) was catching up at the end of the race. Ben managed to get one last gust of wind which saw him cross the line first.