We held the first race in the Summer Series for dinghies in good sailing conditions on Sunday and with a good turnout the boats were split into two fleets.
Fleet 2 featured the slower boats. Eleanor Newland comfortably beat her sister Sophie, both sailing their small rig Lasers, Robin Cooper, crewed by John Grubb were blowing out the cobwebs in their first race of the season to finish third in their Jewel. Paul Jackson gamely battled round in his ageing GP14 at a respectable distance behind!
Fleet 1 was keenly contested as usual. Simon Hipkin who actually builds the Hadron started well in his borrowed boat and was just ahead of Martin Jenkins in his Phantom and right behind Ken Potts in his RS 600 making a welcome return to racing at the club.
Also making a welcome return was John Summerfield who has bought a new Laser and is sure to be right in the mix at the front of this competitive fleet.
The first leg was a very short fetch, Potts rounded first, Hipkin right on his transom with Jenkins following closely pursued by Dom Jacobs and John Summerfield both in their full rig Lasers.
The RS, Hadron and Phantom were able to break away from the fleet and had a close battle throughout the race with each of the three boats enjoying the lead.
Dominic Jacobs was comfortably winning the duel with Summerfield and was close enough to the leading trio to threaten to win with handicaps applied.
The Hadron crossed the Line first, closely followed by the Phantom and Pott’s RS. Jacobs was less than six minutes behind the leaders and with Handicaps applied the result came down to a nail bitingly close six seconds between Hipkin’s Hadron and Jacob’s Laser, with Hipkin taking the win. Jenkins was third in his Phantom and Summerfield fourth in his Laser.
Commiserations for Paul Burnage crewed by son Harry in the family Wayfarer. They were victims of the tide ebbing strongly at the finish due to a longer than anticipated race and failing in their bid to cross the finish line against the strong tide after a valiant effort.
The next race is on Sunday 23rd June.