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WEEK TWO - THAT'S MORE LIKE IT...

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Week Two - That's more like it...

Yep, warm, force 3, sunshine, and the red globe of the sun sinking slowly in the west as the race progresses. That's more what we wanted to see on the tin. The course was moderate length beat, fast reach, shortish beat, run, shy reach, so there should have been a bit for most folk. The startline looked somewhat starboard biased to your scribe, but not everyone agreed... The slow fleet was spaced along the line somewhat, with Will Harris in the 4.7 showing well early on. The Lasers were pretty bunched at the right end, Clare James (Radial) and John Magrath showing early. The fast start also showed a starboard preference, with Carl and Julie Mayhew (400) and Peter Curtis (300) looking good, whilst Matt Stiles elected to start from the other end in his Moth and take everyones transoms for clear air and the right. Right looked good to us on the bank too, and Mike Curtis (400) went right early to pick up what looked like a good shift to get right back up with Carl.

In the race Carl did something of a job on the rest of the fast fleet, taking a generous lead that was getting on for a leg at the finish. Peter Curtis didn't look too far back for the handicap though. The 4.7 was looking good value, ahead of the Solos for a lot of the race, whilst among the Solos Graham Potter was doing well until he elected to wash the sail...

It looked a pretty good race all round from the bank, although I didn't spot any exciting enough incidents to be worth a comment. Results wise it was something of a fast fleet benefit. Carl/Julie and Peter Curtis dead heated for first place on handicap. This leads to the bizarre series position where they are in an unbreakable tie for first in the series, Carl & Julie having two wins, and Peter a win for this week and an average points first place for his turn at race management last week! Mike Curtis took third and Fiona/Rob Fardon 4th after a quietish race in the 200, demonstrating that starting, as they do, with the fast fleet this year doesn't really make much difference. Mervyn Cinnamond took 5th in his Solo, and John Magrath 6th in a Laser.

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