On Sunday the proceedings started with a one lap Pro-Am training race where the hot shots help the less experienced sailors go quicker. The K2 team - Keith Bartlett aided and abetted by Keith Ball won by a large margin but many useful hints and tips were exchanged down the fleet.
By time for race 3 of the series the wind had freshened to a force 4 Easterly and the sun was shining in glorious sailing conditions. The port bias on the start line spread the fleet and it was Carter who led Ball from the port end of the line. The conditions were very much to Ball's liking and he held second for the whole race. 3rd place was hotly contended and it was class Chairman, Nick Dewhirst who narrowly took 3rd at the end from Howden and Richardson. In race 4 it was Ball who took an early lead from Carter and Chris Maloney, who had got the bit between his teeth after the Pro-Am. By the windward mark it was Carter leading Goldstone, who had found an advantage up the shore but on the run Ball sailed by Goldstone into a second place which was never seriously challenged. On the second lap Howden also sailed past Goldstone who was seriously lacking downwind speed on the day.
Thus after a very pleasant weekend sailing it was the Grafham trio of Carter, Howden and Ball who scored 1,2,3. Andrew Hannah was the leading local of a young and improving fleet but Duncan Ford and Chris Maloney were not far behind. The only swimmer of the weekend was Gerald Sverdloff
The next event of the series is at Rutland on 14-15 May.
|4th||G. Goldstone||Queen Mary||11pts|
Pro-Am Winner: K Bartlett
Top Locals Results: 9thA Hannah, 11th D Ford, 12th C Mahoney
For the full results, see the series table here.