Parker to the fore

Nine dinghies took to the water for the first of the years Spring Series Races.

In conditions more suited to February the fleet assembled in the starting area in the Twizzle.

Race Officer Alec Moss set a good long course in the pleasant sailing breeze of six to twelve knots.

As the gun went the three fast single handers, Geoff Parker in his Hadron and James Oxley and Martin Jenkins in their Phantoms were all in a tight bunch at the extreme pin end of the line.

Oxley was able to pull away from the group and led the fleet round the windward mark.

Further back Dominic Jacobs in his Laser was able to pull away from the slower boats and had a clear area of his own to sail in.

On the reaching leg to the second mark, Watch Buoy, Parker chose to drive off lower and head for the Eastern bank of the river. The two Phantoms elected to hug the Western bank.

Parker’s move paid off handsomely and he rounded comfortably in front of Oxley and Jenkins.

Parker lead for the next couple of legs but Oxley managed to slip past on the penultimate leg.

Oxley was first across the line but only thirty seconds ahead of Parker’s Hadron. Jenkins was trailing a minute behind the leaders.

Parker has been sailing his Hadron with growing skill and confidence and it was a deserved win as he took the race by nearly a minute and a half on corrected time.

The next race is on Easter Sunday at 1300 hours.


1st Geoff Parker, Hadron

2nd James Oxley, Phantom

3rd Martin Jenkins, Phantom

4th Dominic Jacobs, Laser

5th Tim Oxley, Solo

6th Paul and Jemima Burnage, Wayfarer

7th Petra Potasse and Steve Gregory, Javelin