First of the races sailed today in light SW breezes was for the Goodman Trophy, one of the most prized original club trophies, over a middle-distance course. Race officer Simon Heusen, also the club’s Sailing Secretary, was able to set a fair course as the breeze held steady, and although light, gave good opportunities on the beats as well as off the wind. The sea breeze which filled in by midday made conditions more pleasant for those on shore soaking up the sun or enjoying a dip, as well as ensuring racing took place.
By choosing to tack inshore up the first beat, Dave Beer in his K1, made a good call, and although not in the lead on the water, this being a handicap race, he completed two laps of the P course to win by just 2 seconds in the hour-long tussle. Jerry Rook was close on corrected time. There were only 30 seconds or less separating the first 5 placings among a total of 9 finishers.
For the second race of the day, the breeze increased slightly to F2 – 3, but having improved his technique today in his new K1, David was again successful, this time with a 3-minute margin from a shorter race, with Simon Clark improving from 6th place in the Goodman Trophy, to 2nd in the fourth race of the Summer Series. The steady breeze helped all plan tactics, with youth sailors Simon Law and Ed Stubbs swopping helms between races to each gain a 6th place in Simon’s Feva.
1 David Beer, K1
2 Jerry Rook, Albacore
3. Tim and Rachel Wadsworth, Albacore
4. Andy Robinson, Solo
5. Dave Stubbs, RS 100
6. Simon Law and Ed Stubbs, Feva