In the fast fleet Arun’s Jack Holden and his crew in the their set out their stall early, challenging CYC’s Nick and Roger Elliman’s RS400 keeping in touch on the water to claim the honours by 2 minutes on corrected time, Meanwhile, Newhaven and Seaford’s Jonty Freeman and Neil Arnott sailed a conservative race in their Merlin Rocket to secure third. The start for the medium fleet was more frenetic with Fireball European Champion Richard Anderton demonstrated that he’s pretty handy in a Laser as well establishing a lead over the rest of the fleet right out of the blocks which he then extended during the three laps of the trapezoid course. Felpham’s Guy Mayger in his Solo was able to reduce this lead to just over two minutes on handicap to claim second over Emsworth’s Jonathan Bailey in his Laser.
A conveniently timed windshift to the North allowed Race Officer Gideon Ewers to alter the geometry of the course between races and slick buoy re-laying work by the Safety boat teams, who’d already had a busy morning in the rescue department, allowed the second race of the day to get away with a minimum of delay. Once again Holden and the Ellimans made the running in the Fast fleet with the latter having the edge until a capsize at the third mark during the second lap allowed the RS200 to establish a significant on the water lead. Although the Ellimans closed the distance breaking through at the final mark the handicap deficit was too great to overcome allowing Holden and crew to claim their second bullet of the day over the Freeman and Arnott with the Ellimans relegated to third.
In the Medium fleet, CYC’s Anderton again showed his class winning the start and extending his lead throughout the race although this time Lucy Boreham in her Europe made the running on handicap reducing Anderton’s lead 36 seconds on corrected time with Nick and Biddy Colbourne hamstrung by gear failure taking third.
Only one competitor ventured out from the Slow fleet but after a gallant effort in the increasing wind Oliver Randall-May wisely decided that the clubhouse was better option.
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