Autumn Series Race 1
The fleet of a dozen boats was spilt into two fleets, Class 1 for the faster boats and Class 2 for the slower ones.
With a strong flooding tide and a fickle breeze the Class 2 boats struggled to clear the start line for the faster boats five minutes later.
Martin Jenkins in his Phantom got out of the tricky line first and got through all of the slower boats before the first mark.
Simon Hipkin sailing his National Twelve with his cousin Beth crewing gave a close chase and was keeping up with the faster Hadrons and TOY in the difficult conditions.
Geoff Parker sailed his Hadron well to lead his wily old adversary David Evans also in a Hadron.
Race Officer Alec Moss shortened the race after an hour of sailing. Jenkins crossed the line first some four minutes ahead of Parker’s Hadron but it was Hipkin who was most likely to challenge the Phantom on handicap.
However, after results had been worked out the Phantom started the series with a victory with the Twelve finishing just over a minute back in second, Parker’s Hadron was third.
In Class 2 the Laser 4.7s of Eleanor Newland and Sue Wood took the honours with Newland beating Wood by a minute and a half. Robin Cooper beat his class rival Tony Blake in the Jewels to take third place.
The next race in the series was programmed for Saturday 8th but with the majority of sailors competing in the Hadron and Phantom National Championship or in the Haven Series Racing the Race has been postponed.
1st, Martin Jenkins, Phantom
2nd, National Twelve, Simon Hipkin
3rd, Hadron, Geoff Parker
1st, Eleanor Newland, Laser 4.7
2nd, Sue Wood, Laser 4.7
3rd Robin Cooper, Jewel