There was not a lot of wind around. But crews were keen to get another race in with the Night Jar drawing to a close, so the Bates went out and posted 0-9-A as a course.
Of the 14 starters Val & Ken had the best get away from the starboard end of the line. But the force 1 wind was dropping away to a drift. Hazel & Izzie in the Feva struggled to cross the line even with the crew perched on the bow and they soon capsized involuntarily or otherwise. After a spell going in reverse Josh joined them to practice righting the Tera.
By the time many boats reached 0 many crews were in no mood to continue and five more retired. It was slow work for those who continued. Terry Hall led from Val & Ken with Peter’s Laser and David’s Solo in close company and Poppy Gannon with Neil in an Enterprise in pursuit. And that was the order in which they finished. The last finisher was Tony King needing to get another result in to maintain the lead on Personal handicap which he had built up in earlier rounds.
FH results were as the finishing order on the water except that David moved ahead of Peter to take third place. Terry also took the win on PH with Peter taking his best result of the series in second place. With a third, David has given himself a chance of moving into a podium place.
The race was enlivened by a low level fly by with spectacular starboard turn by a Hercules. Well, either there were two, or the same one circled around for a second attempt? And this was followed by a superb sunset lighting up the underside of the clouds and enveloping fells and boats, in a ruddy glow.
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Photos (C) Sarah Newport
Back in the clubhouse Olivia and Alex had been laying out tables and preparing a meal which was enjoyed by all.