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WEEK 12 (JULY 16TH) - A MORE TRADITIONAL EVENING...

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Week 12 (July 16th) - a more traditional evening...

Yep, tonights weather was a more traditional lighter airs affair, although there was always a good racing breeze - no calm patches. The course was a q - beat, two shy reaches and a run back to the start, which is a good lively course. The reaches were fairly shy, but no great problem for the spinnaker boats most of the time.

There was good racing right round the fleets. The Solos especially had a lively race with plenty of place changing, and Graham and Bradley Hughes in their Graduate were also in there at the start, but took off ahead of the Solos after lap one which is not what's supposed to happen according to the handicap...

Amongst the fast fleet Peter Curtis and Mike Storey were having a good battle until Peter finally got away on the last lap or two. Indeed on the last couple of laps virtually the whole fleet was condensed into a single leg of the course, with only Mike Curtis and Julie Harrison in their 400 and my Canoe clear of the pack. There ought to be more to write about what was happening with so much going on, but suffice to say it was a damn good evening's racing, and a perfect antidote to all the worries at work prepping for this weekend's major upgrade:-). No doubt others were escaping similar pressures...

Anyway results wise Mike & Julie's clear air got them a good race win: their second in three weeks. Graham and Bradley Hughes got a well deserved second place with the Grad, having beaten several theoretically faster boats on the water. Fiona and Rob Fardon (Rob especially chuffed that they got ahead of the RS300 on the first run) took third place, Peter Curtis 4th in the RS300, and Mike Storey 5th. Gareth Griffiths took sixth and was first of the Solos: others in the fleet claim they let him through as it was his last race in 3385 before he upgrades to a new boat. Hmmm with extra mmmm is my comment on that proposition!

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