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WEEK 14 (JULY 30TH) NOW THAT'S A TYPICAL WEDNESDAY EVENING RACE, ROB...

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Week 14 (July 30th) Now that's a typical Wednesday evening race, Rob...

We've been kidding Rob Fardon for a while that, with the last two summers having been predominantly windy, he's never experienced a typical Wednesday evening race... Well we had it in spades tonight...

Before we got onto that though, thanks to Tessa Groves and Jamie Scott, who agreed with no notice whatsoever to run the racing for us tonight. Rigging time we had a nice southerly, I suppose F2ish, and they set a straightforward quadrilateral course. I remember seeing Graham & Bradley Hughes take an early lead from the Solo start, but frankly that was the last I saw of them.. They were followed by Messrs Cotterell and Cinnamond in Solos. There was just one Laser, but a sprinkling of boats at the last start in spite of several club members being absent for the annual Studland beach week... Carl and Julie took an early lead from the fast fleet, and got away being able to fly the kite on all three downwind legs. The race proceeded in a fairly standard way until lap three. At this point I believe the Hughes were a mile in front, being chased by Carl and Julie with the Solos next, and then a short gap to the rest. As the shorten course went for the Hughes the Solos were about at the end of the top reach, and the chasing bunch starting it. At this point a blanket of no wind popped over the windward wall of the reservoir and made its way downwind. Just like the "good" old days...

Graham & Bradley finished handily in front of Carl and Julie, and Peter Cotterell and Mervyn Cinnamond slipped across the line in the last of the wind. As for the rest of us... well, it was twenty minutes before another boat finished!

So Graham & Bradley Hughes wo very eaily in their Graduate - over 5 corrected minutes clear of Carl and Julie. Those two don't often have to look at that sort of margin, so great performance guys. Third was Peter Cotterell, and 4th Mervyn Cinnamond. Then the becalmed group, of which Fiona and Rob Fardon came out best, just ahead of John Smith...

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