Well, rigging time was enlivened by your scribe trying a new approach to rigging the Canoe. Putting the foils on with the boat upside down at the jetty worked well enough, but comments from the spectators makes my think my radical new technique will be slow to gain global acceptance... Also not having a good start to the evening were the race team, what with a timepiece malfunction and a flag halyard breaking the start sequences were unusual too. Still we all got away on our right starts, and the Solo folk even had a practice start when the aforementioned halyard gave way on their two minute gun!
Race wise Graham and Bradley Hughes were, as they say, seen leaving in the Graduate from the slow boat start, and Carl and Julie Mayhew did a similar job from their start six minutes later... The rest of us had a more eventful race, with a fair bit of place changing and general action. I remember without much joy, for example, a run in which the two hundred yards of clear water I'd built up over the previous half lap or so almost completely evaporated in a single gust from behind as I sat in a personal calm patch...
When the sums were done Carl and Julie won from Graham and Bradley, with Mike Curtis and Julie Harrison 3rd, Mike Storey 4th in the EPS, John Magrath 5th in a Laser and Peter Cotterell 6th in his Solo.
As far as the series is concerned Carl and Julie Mayhew will now be very hard to catch indeed. Peter Curtis still has a mathematical chance, but only, I think, if Carl and Julie clock up a couple of substantially down the pan results to drop their average (duty) points. Mike Curtis isn't looking bad for third, but its open yet, with both Gareth Griffiths and Mike Storey in easy reach if they get the right results.