A very pleasant summer's day, and a pleasant summer evening's sail I should think. Unfortunately the need to get results out meant that it wasn't really practical for me to sail. Lightish easterlies, so a shortish course was set, sensibly using the X mark so the racers didn't have to negotiate the notorious tree induced calm patches and shifts we get at the windward bank with the wind in that direction. Can't be setting long courses this late in the season, so we got a straightforward port rounding quadrilateral.
Kevin Pearson (Laser)set off from the first start in determined fashion, being chased by Evan Cairns in a Solo and Dave Baldwin, Dave in Caroline's Aero (with a 7 rig). He soon built up something of a lead though, whilst the rest of the fleet was quite condensed. By the third lap Gavin Griffiths (Aero 9) had come far enough through to try and overtake Kevin on the last run, and I think even got an inside overlap at the mark, but Kevin was having none of this and after the mark headed right up, keeping Gareth behind him until they eventually headed down for the mark. There was a need for fine judgment here - such things are straightforward enough in a fleet race where a place is a place, but while all this was going on not only was Paul Wright Anderson approcahing them in his Aero 9, but also Evan Cairns, a little way back, was effectively reeling them in on handicap.
So, results. Here are the detailed results with all the classes split out. As you can see Kevin judged things nicely, slowing Gareth up enough to beat him by 16 seconds, and maintaining a 27 second margin over Evan in 3rd place. Paul took 4th, Dave Baldin 5th and Mike Storey rounded out the top 6 in his EPS. In the personal handicap Dave B won, Andrew Jones was 2nd in his Solo, Mark Phillips 3rd and John Smith 4th in Lasers, Mike Jones 5th and Colin Hammond 6th in an RS200.
Which leads us on to the series results. Kevin's last win at least stopped Gareth from a clean sweep of every race, and cemented a very comfortable second place. Andy Barnett took 3rd, narrowly from Evan Cairns. Harry Curtis, with either Mike or James Curtis as helm was 5th, and Tom Wilson, only just getting enough races in, 6th.
Andrew Jones in the end took a comfortable win in the Personal handicap from Andy Barnett. Gareth was nominally third, but as a band zero competitor is ineligible for prizes, so Caroline Baldwin gets the glassware. Mike Jones was 5th and Kevin Pearson 6th.