Oxley clinches Winter Series

Two weekends racing have been blown out by high winds so Race Officer Alec Moss endeavoured to run two races in the perfect spring conditions.

After three races the two Phantoms of James Oxley and Martin Jenkins were clear ahead of the field with only one point separating them.

In the first race of the day the start was important with a short course set.

Oxley was over enthusiastic and was over the line having to return to the line and restart. Jenkins made a good clean start and led the fleet to the windward mark, but Geoff Parker in his Hadron and Ken Potts in his Laser were in close attendance.

The broad reach against the tide was slow and Oxley was able to recover and was working his way through the field and got level with Jenkins before the end of the leg. With a lack of concentration from Jenkins, sailing too late for the buoy, Oxley was able to slip past at the mark and sail on to lead the fleet across rather finish line. Less than thirty seconds separated the first three boats on corrected time with Oxley winning, Potts squeezing into second place and Jenkins third.

Going into race 5 Oxley had pretty well secured the series needing only a top three position to win overall.

Potts had an excellent start and led from the line, Jenkins’ Phantom was his closest chaser with Oxley trying to catch up from a safe start. The Laser led round the windward mark, Jenkins rounding very close behind and slipping through into the lead. Parker, again going very fast in his Hadron was very close to Jenkins’ transom and Oxley was now very much back in contention and challenging for the lead.

In the lighter conditions Oxley clearly has superior down wind boat speed and he was able to pass his rival and lead the fleet round the remainder of the race.

Potts in his Laser did enough to win the race on handicap from Oxley and the ever improving Parker pipped Jenkins for third.

The overall victory in the series went to Oxley with Jenkins second and Potts third.