Ridiculous to sublime – but racing continues

Race 2 was held in very testing conditions two weekends ago. Just three boats ventured out for the race and only one returned. James Oxley showed excellent seamanship to get his Phantom around the course. The other two entrants, Chris Nelson in his Phantom and Steve Gregory and Petra Potasse in their Javelin both had problems and retired from the race.


Race 3 was held in incredibly different conditions this Sunday. A gentle 6/8 knot breeze, blue sky and warm sunshine greeted the fleet as they started at a Committee boat start line in the Twizzle.

Race Officer Chris Brooke set an excellent start line with the course a true beat to the first mark against a strong flooding tide. First away from the starboard end of the line was Ken Potts in his Laser, closely followed by Geoff Parker in his Hadron. Further back having chosen the port end of the line was Martin Jenkins in his Phantom.

These three boats stretched away from the rest of the fleet and engaged in a tight tacking duel with all three helmsmen intent on tacking into the shallower water by the bank to dodge the strong tide. Jenkins managed to catch Parker but was fortunate to get a chance to slip past as Parker uncharacteristically fluffed his tack whilst out in the tide.

Having cleared the Hadron Jenkins was able to concentrate on pulling in his rival in his Laser. The Phantom is a powerful easily driven boat and the light conditions suit it well. Timing his tacks carefully Jenkins was able to pass Potts and set about building a big enough lead to hold his handicap.

When the race officer made the decision to shorten the course Jenkins’ Phantom had put more than three minutes between Parker’s Hadron and with Potts’ Laser a further five minutes back Jenkins had done enough to take the race win.