Last sunday we had the Summer Special which is really our 'Club Championship' day with categories for many sections - Open (overall regular handicaps), Juniors (Full course and beginers), Masters (40-49), Veterans (over 50), with sub categories for over 60 and over 70.
It was almost perfect conditions perhaps just a shade strong for some of the great great grand masters (80+) to partake but not too strong for lots of juniors to enter.
We had 25 entrants in the Open competition (full course) as well as separate beginner oppie and topper racing. The Open course was an kite shape beat, reach, run, reach. Race 1 was convincingly won by (Mster) Richard Barker in his Phantom from (Master) Paul Wright-Anderson in the Rooster 8.1, (Veteran) Gareth in a Solo and (Junior) Nancy Scott in a topper.
For race two the kite was narrowed slightly to give the asymmetrics more chance to carry on the reach and Peter Curtis sailing the RS500 with Harry Phelps took full advantage winning by over a minute on corrected time followed by Gareth, Paul W-A, Julie Harrison in a 200 and again Nancy Scott showing that a well sailed topper can be very competetive. Overall that gave a points tie between Gareth and Paul both counting a 2nd and 3rd splitting in Gareth's favour on the last race.
In the Veterans with the age related handicaps it was a different story. John Magrath all of 74 years young showed great form to be 5th overall in the Open section - leading laser on regular handicap. With the age related handicap clearly winning both races so the decanter moves to a new home this year. - It's your choice John what bottle to provide next year.
In the full course juniors Nancy Scott - (4th overall in the OPEN category) - with two firsts in the Junior section was a clear winner from James and Harry Curtis in a Feva and Will Scott in a Laser radial. Second and third each counting a 2,3 in the juniors results split on the last race in Jamie's favour.
The masters (they need their own section in case the vets beat them) sailed off standard handicap Peter Curtis took the honours from Paul Wright-Anderson. This shows a slight quirk in the scoring - when we extract just the masters entrants Peter wins with a 3,1 combination against Pauls 2,2 even though in the open category Paul beats Peter with 2,3 against 5,1.