Autumn race 2
Conditions were perfect for sailing, bright sunshine, temperatures in the twenties and a warm gentle breeze fluctuating between five to ten knots.
Race Officer Alec Moss set a good long course, this included a long leg across the Wade.
Fleet 2 was first off and Tony Blake in his Jewel showed excellent timing to cross first, ahead of his rival Robin Cooper also in a Jewel. The Laser 4.7s of the Newland twins, Sue Wood and Sarah Haig in pursuit along with Sally Bucklitsch in her Topaz. Sophie Newland showed excellent speed and led the fleet around the course. At Wade buoy she had a comfortable lead as she headed back to the club finish line but the wind dropped completely on the Wade and the slower boats were able to considerably close the gap.
Sophie Newland led Fleet 2 home but with the shake up in positions due to the dying breeze the Topaz of Bucklitsch was able to take the win on handicap by the narrowest of margins.
In Fleet 1 Martin Jenkins had a good clean start in his Phantom ahead of the Javelin of Petra Potasse and John Summerfield in his Full Rig Laser. Jenkins pulled steadily clear throughout the race but coincidentally rounded Wade buoy in the company of the Fleet 2 leader Sophie. Jenkins suffered a similar scenario with the chasing boats reducing the four minute gap from the leader to be on his transom. Despite getting clear again the Phantom couldn’t regain the lost time and finished second to Summerfield’s Laser on handicap.
Sophie is leading the series in Fleet 2 after two races as is Martin Jenkins in Fleet 1.