Autumn season sailing starts with a series of closely fought encounters
Six Flying Fifteens arrived at the start for Sunday’s General handicap race, somewhat depleted by holidaying single handers and other seasonal reasons. However the PRO set in a F2-3 Southerly breeze, a neat sequence of race cans using “South” of course. What followed over the 3 races was a set of closely fought races with the fleet all finishing after the 1 hr races within 1.5 minutes on each occasion. Tactical close racing was enjoyed and three different race winners emerged, though Ben and Dave Ninja crew Hemingway started well every race arriving 1st at the windward mark for each!
In race 1, Ben was confused by OOD’s late change of mark rounding instructions, letting David Morgan through and he was as ever away! 2nd race Ben and Andy Hough changed places throughout with Ben taking the honours. Last race with more of a dead downwind tactical run, South to North, saw Ben collect a weed anchor, letting Andy and Colin through, as ever closely followed by David. Swiftly rounding penultimate can “North”, Andy set off to the 30m distant line on a Starboard dog leg, but amazingly with Colin so close behind, a slight veer and Colin sailing flat out won him the race in the last 3 feet by about 2 seconds. It was superb to see such close racing and all immensely enjoyed the day! Thanks to Guy, John and David on Committee boat and the Rescue team Adrian and David.