RG65/DF65 Race #4 31/8/19

A torrential downpour greeted seven (six RG and one DF) sailors as they arrived or rigged their boats.  Thank goodness for the shelter of the clubhouse.  Fortunately the rain did not last for long and it was on a weather front that rapidly changed the wind from Southerly to Westerly within 45 minutes.  This enabled a good windward/leeward course to be set down the lake using the marks as set. With no additional competition arriving the one DF sailor decided not to sail and so left six RG65’s to start the day.

After the first four races, Peter and John Brierley shared the honours with two wins and two seconds each.  With the wind at 10 knots and gusting easily 15, both had opted for a low aspect A rig which helped in the gusty conditions.  After a short break and the arrival of Graham Elliott, John B managed two further wins, before John Tushingham found his groove and posted his first win in Race 7 and the two of them shared the wins through until Race 16, with Graham taking a number of seconds.  At the end of 16 races completed by 16:30, John B was the winner, John T second and Graham third. Three designs shared the podium, with rig selection and setup for the conditions in each race a determining factor on the end result. Thanks to Bernie and Ernie for running the races.

  1.  John Brierley           Pocket Rocket     19 pts
  2. John Tushingham  Scurry                    26 pts
  3. Graham Elliott         Electronica           37 pts
  4.  Peter Baldwin          Pocket Rocket      42 pts
  5. Neil Westbrook        Pocket Rocket       55 pts
  6. Alan Watkinson       Pocket Rocket       68 pts
  7. Dave Williamson     Pocket Rocket       77 pts

Next and final event in the series is on Saturday 28th September with a later start time of 13:00.