Shortened race in dying wind

The conditions were perfect, warm sunshine and a gentle but steady five to seven knots of southerly breeze for Race 3 in the Evening Series.

Race Officer Alec Moss was able to set a good upwind start for the first leg of the race.

First away from the start was Petra Potasse sailing the Javelin, John Summerfield in his Laser was well positioned but the Phantoms of James Oxley and Martin Jenkins has chosen to start higher up the line and had to tack behind the two early leaders in the first part of the beat.

As has been the story recently the two Phantoms were engaged in close battle, on this occasion Jenkins was narrowly ahead of his rival as they rounded Spit Buoy and headed off down The Twizzle. The Javelin was showing good pace and maintained the lead for the first two legs of the race until first Jenkins then Oxley managed to pass the early leader and settle into a duel between themselves.

Jenkins managed to keep a lead over his rival and when the Race Officer made the sensible decision to shorten the race Jenkins was over a minute ahead at the finish.

Summerfield is showing better pace in his new Laser and he finished third behind Oxley on handicap.

With three races completed the series is very close at the top with the Phantoms dominant and Jenkins just one point ahead of Oxley.

The next race is on Saturday 27th July.