Sunday Series – May 6th (Tour de Warley)

For those able to evade the rolling roadblocks, the day presented itself in glory with a gentle, if at times very shifty and unpredictable south easterly wind, rolling down the hill from the turbines.
Race 1 saw eleven dinghies on the start line, with almost a return to fleet racing: 4 Streakers lined up together with 3 Supernovas, 3 Lasers and a Contender for good measure. In the first of 3 clean and well-fought starts the fleet quickly opened up, although Richard Redman’s race was over swiftly following a mishap at No2, his racing done for the day. The “Scammonden Wind” in the middle of the pond was a feature all day, keeping all helms on their toes. Racing was close throughout. The lead group of Robin, Mike, Tim Holden and Kevin Holmes pulled clear and completed 3 laps against 2 by the rest, but Kevin’s Streaker pipped Tim (in an unfamiliar Supernova borrowed from Tony) to take 3rd, behind Robin (Laser) and Mike (Supernova).
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With 2 new arrivals, 12 boats lined up for race 2, adding another Laser and a Sprint 15. There were 3 retirements, but the fleet again divided, the lead boats doing 3 laps on the lengthy course, with Kevin taking honours ahead of Robin and Tim.
The call of barbeques proved strong in R3, so only 7 boats set out for the final spin over a shorter course. At the end of the opening leg the wind died completely for a couple of minutes, unceremoniously dumping Henry in the deep directly in front of the clubhouse. At this point Robin called it quits and paddled off to retire, a mistake as it turned out, as it returned almost as soon as he reached the shore, eventually in the closing stages reaching “fun” levels. For a long while Steve Hill’s Streaker was in a very strong position before a tactical error dropped him back to take 4th place, behind Adam (Laser Radial), and Tim’s and Mike’s Supernovae which were nip-and-tuck from the very start. Overall series results can be viewed here.
We also had a couple of social sailors, including a potential newcomer aboard the Club’s green Laser: hoping that that experience won’t put him off too much and we look forward to a new face joining us. Thanks go to safety boat crew (Tony and Paul), and to ODs Jenny and Barry Oxley for officiating.
Mike Palmer