15 boats turned out with a good variance of designs, including V9’s, ‘Slimtel’, ‘Viper’, ‘Widget’, ‘Red Wine’, ‘TS2’ and ‘Britpop!’.
The wind was a little erratic though making the sailing interesting and making the fleet bunch together on many occasions but giving the tail enders a good chance to come through with the gusts.
Yet again the sportsmanship of all was extremely good and all rules and penalties were taken with no question.
Brad Gibson sailed a perfect 6 races before tea time with no one skipper giving him much to worry about. After tea in race 7, Sue Parkington sailed a great race chasing Brad all the way, unfortunately she dropped 2 places at the finish line when not realising it was the finishing leg.
As the ‘Beautiful South’ sang though it was Brad that made ‘The Perfect 10’ with the wind from the South, John Brierley sailed consistently to be runner up with Graham Elliott in 3rd and the returning Graham Birkett in 4th. This made for 4 different boats, all World Championship winning designs spanning over 20 years.
Thanks to Jack and Bernie for running the race and making the tea.
1st Brad Gibson 2 8pts
2nd John Brierley 84 23pts
3rd Graham Elliot 09 29pts
4th Graham Birkett 133 34pts
5th Bill Culshaw 21 48pts
6th Martin Roberts 32 54pts
7th Neil Westbrook 03 55pts
8th Lawrence Drennan 57 61pts
9th Andrew Peter 66 64pts
10th John Berry 12 68pts
11th Alan Watkinson 23 73pts (one 4th)
12th Mike Parkington 82 73pts
13th Sue Parkington 86 84pts (one 4th)
14th Dave Williams 20 84pts
15th Chris Chatfield 7 90pts
after 10 Races