Sunday 7th May – Pursuit Races

From Martin Cushing

Glorious sailing day for today’s pursuit races, nice sunny conditions and reasonable wind. First race had 12 boats on the water, with a mixture of classes. Ellen & Pete in the miracle was first off and the rest of the fleet chasing after them. Close racing throughout but 4 boats got away at the front, Tom in his laser catching Nick in Matt’s solo and then the two continued battling to the end. Tom winning followed by Nick, Mike in his new laser taking third closely followed by Ryan in the radial.
Second pursuit race started with little wind but they soon got going as the wind filled in, Tom then managed to roll his laser in on the first run, stayed dry though which was a shame, soon caught up with a help of a friendly gust while the others were all drifting slowly, the same 4 then got away with Nick leading most of the race, he then made a mistake when gybing allowing Tom to grab his chance and slip by with only minutes remaining.
Race 3 had a few less entries but they had a good breeze for the race, Tom chased down Nick and took the lead but Mike could not catch the solo and had to settle for third again. Paul in the Vago took fourth and Chris in the club laser, fifth. 
I think Paul realised Ryan had not capsized all day so seized his chance to make a play for the swimming trophy, capsizing after the race with a nice graceful back flip while the boat went over….
Hopefully next weekend will give us the same sailing conditions

Martin (OOD for the day)

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