There were 6 RG65 sailors today for Round 4 of the Winter Series, with a few regulars missing for a variety of reasons. The breeze was forecast to be an 8-10mph Southerly which would have been an unpleasant and shifty wind over the top of the houses. However, we were fortunate to have something that was more like ESE or SE, although lighter at around 3 to 6 mph with occasional 8mph gusts and so mostly down the lake from the clubhouse.
We got away a little late after Peter had moved quite a few marks around to produce a reasonable course in the conditions and with young George Bennett acting as our Race Officer. The first race looked to be safe for Alan Bennett, until Alan Watkinson picked up a good lifting shift around the left hand final gate mark and powered across the line ahead of Alan. Alanbennett got his revenge by winning the next 4 races before the break, giving him a commanding lead at the halfway stage, ahead of Bill Culshaw who had picked up a number of seconds.
In the second half, Bill had three wins and Alan picked up another two, with John Brierley and Peter Baldwin also taking the occasional second from the two front runners. After 10 races, Alan was a clear winner on 10 points, five ahead of Bill, with John Brierley picking up third place.
Our thanks must go to George for acting as RO and scorer (with a bit of help from Dave Williams).
- Alan Bennett Ivy 10pts (6 x first)
- Bill Culshaw Ivy 15pts (3 x first)
- John Brierley Uno 23pts
- Peter Baldwin Uno 26pts
- Alan Watkinson Uno 36pts (1 x first)
- Dave Williams Uno 39pts