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WEEK SIX (JUNE 4TH) - SUN, YES AND SOME BREEZE TOO...

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Week Six (June 4th) - Sun, yes and some breeze too...

Arriving at the club it looked pretty light, and one of those evenings where the wind will dwindle too. And the wind certainly dogged out later last night when we were doing the training. So the team set a shortish course, beat, reach, run, reach. At least that was the plan...

It was still fairly quiet as the Solos got away, with Arthur Phillips taking the lead, but Will Harris looking usfully placed in spite of lightish conditions. The Lasers too had a quietish start, but soon after the fast fleet started the wind started to build a bit. As a result what had been a short course started to look very short. And then the wind swung round, enough initially to make the beat very one sided. And then the laps started to get very short - indeed the word frenetic sprang readily to mind. The wind actually built to around F3 I would guess, and eventually swung enough to make the beat and eventually even the first reach close to being fetches. You'd normally think this would make for something of a processional race, but it didn't seem to work like that. I think the sheer freneticity (is that a word? It is now!) rather made up for the lack of a beat, at least at the end of my plank. consequently I don't have that much of a picture of what else was going on...

The front of the fast fleet, consisting of Peter Curtis (RS300) Mike Curtis and Julie Harrison (RS400) and even self in the Canoe rather hurtled into the pack in front of us with a lot of place changing amongst ourselves. Well place changing on the water anyway, handicap was a different matter I fear! One bit I particularly remember was on the bottom reach, which was just about right for the RS400 on this leg. Consequently, as 400s do, it was towing quite a wave system. Peter in the 300 was surfing down this system trying to get out a a blanketing bunch of Lasers and Solos. The Canoe, on the other hand, was revelling in it, having gone low, and was surfing up the other side of this wave system and catching the 400 fast. So yes, you've guessed it, as we neared the 400 transom Peter and I found ourselves fighting for the same spot on the same wave... Fortunately a mark came along and we had to desist before there could be too much "discussion" of who had rights to take what proper course!

By about lap 3 or 4 the top reach was very shy, and windy enough to give quite a choice of angles. Will Harris was defending the high option in his 4.7, always the best bet if you've got the smallest sail, and John Magrath who was leading the full rig Lasers had considerable trouble breaking through. Arthur Phillips was well clear of the bunch in his Solo, but the fast boats were powering through, and the first two sailed the last lap in quite a procession. Could I get past Mike?: could I ****!

Anyway when I worked out the results Peter was first by a good margin, Arthur 2nd, Mike/Julie 3rd, Gareth Giffiths 4th in another Solo, John Magrath 5th and Will dead heated for 6th with Peter Cotterell's Solo.

Series wise its starting to take shape. Peter Curtis and Carl/Julie Mayhew share the lead counting 3 wins each (one was a dead heat), with Mike Curtis, Arthur Phillips and Mike Storey all within .3 of a point of each other in 3rd place.

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