Autumn Series Race 5
The dinghies were greeted by another day of warm sunshine and light winds for the penultimate race of the Autumn Series and indeed of the 2018 season.
Race Officer Alec Moss set a course with a reaching start in the Twizzle.
Class 2 was first away and Sue Wood in her Laser 4.7 got into an early lead which she built on throughout the race to win comfortably from the Jewels.
Robin Cooper crewed by John Grubb took second place ahead of Tony Blake and Barry Lawrence.
Class 1 started five minutes later and there was a bit of confusion on the line as Paul Burnage in his Wayfarer decided to start in the opposite direction!
The Wayfarer collided with Martin Jenkins in his Phantom and narrowly missed Simon Hipkin and Beth Newland in their National Twelve. James Oxley was able to make a clean start in his Phantom and slipped into an early lead.
With a beat against the tide to the windward mark at Hedge End, Oxley was able to keep his lead despite being challenged by Jenkins and exchanging some close tacks.
Oxley was first round the mark and was able to sail down tide and build a healthy lead over the chasing fleet.
Due to a wind shift the race became a bit processional with the two leading Phantoms not needing to tack again.
Hipkin in his Twelve didn’t fair quite as well having to put in a couple of tacks but on rounding Hedge End Buoy he was able to enjoy an increase in the breeze to chase the leaders.
Oxley finished clear ahead of Jenkins with Hipkin closing in on the final leg.
After handicaps had been applied James Oxley took a deserved win, Simon and Beth were second in the National Twelve and Jenkins was third.
The final race of the series and the year is on Sunday 28th October at midday.
1st, James Oxley, Phantom
2nd, Simon Hipkin, National Twelve
3rd, Phantom, Martin Jenkins
1st, Sue Wood, Laser 4.7
2nd, Jewel, Robin Cooper
3rd Jewel, Tony Blake