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April Anniversary Handicap

  • Easter weekend, dire weather forecast, hmmm. Your correspondant slept in a bit and so missed a torrential downpour which timed itself nicely for sail hoisting time. Nevertheless a baker's dozen of damp boats set out to race for the anniversary series in a breeze that was shifting about with the rain clouds...

    The first start ended up substantially biased as the clouds went through. James and Harry thought they'd found a nice way out of the start and up the beat until they found a big hole near the windward mark. Peter Curtis, on the other hand, had no such problem, and built a big lead quickly. The reachy course was certainly singlehander favourable, and light air after the rain was very RS300y (RS hundredey? - how on earth should I spell that?).

    Some way back though the rest of the fleet were having a good old battle, most notably the two RS200s, Clare and Fiona and James and Harry, were seen swapping places... John Oldham's Phantom broke clear of the rest towards the end of the race though.

    When the results were calculated Peter had won by a mile - naearly three minutes even with the new RS300 handicap. John Oldham - also with a new handicap - was second in his Phantom by not very many seconds from Paul Wright-Anderson, with a standard Laser rig up today. James Curtis was 4th in the 200, Mile Storey 5th with his Laser EPS and Paul Playle 6th in his Solo.

    Of course we also have the personal handicap. results for this are strictly provisional as we finish QA of the handicaps etc, but as it stands at the moment James and Harry won, Mike Said in a Phantom and Clare and Fiona in the 200 dead heated for 2.5 points, Peter Curtis was 4th, John Oldham 5th and David Clark 6th with a Solo.