In a strong breeze gusting up to 25knts and the course to the start area a dead beat from the club coupled with the difficulties posed by shallow water the sailors had a battle to be on the line in time for the second race in the Evening Series.
There were no problems for the three singlehanders that are battling for honours in the series. The Phantoms of James Oxley and Martin Jenkins were side by side as the gun went with Simon Hipkin sailing a Hadron a few meters to leeward but driving fast off the line.
The three exchanged tacks on the beat to the first mark with Oxley edging ahead and Hipkin showing excellent upwind speed in the Hadron.
At the windward mark, Watch Buoy, Oxley was able to keep half a dozen boat lengths ahead of Hipkin and Jenkins a further distance back.
This order continued until the final beat to Spit when The Hadron’s superior upwind speed helped Hipkin to squeeze past Oxley before the final turning mark.
Oxley showed good spirit to edge past the Hadron on the reach to the finish line, picking up a strong gust and passing Hipkin to windward.
Although Oxley took the line honours the Hadron’s favourable Handicap meant the victory was comfortably Simon Hipkin’s. Jenkins in his Phantom was third and the Javelin of Petra Potasse, crewed by Danny Blowers finished fourth.
The next race is on Thursday 11th July.