Black Flag comes into play for George Heap Memorial Trophy
After an unpromising start, the sea breeze filled in nicely to a f2 -3 during the morning so that race officer Simon Boyle could get two races completed, including a modified middle- distance course for the George Heap trophy.
Starting the fifth race of the Mid-Summer Series were 12 entries, Jim Thomas arriving in time to join only the trophy race which actually was completed in a shorter elapsed time. This was partly due to the necessity for Simon to signal two general recalls as many of the fleet were over the line at the start, after which he hoisted the black flag, indicating disqualification of anyone making a further false start. Rarely is this rule used in club racing with a limited entry, but imposing the discipline brought a fair third start and was good practice for team and sailors.
Close results, as last week, saw seconds between the leaders, and only one second separated the two Albacores in the George Heap.
Youth Optimist sailor Ed Stubbs, helming his father in their RS 200, scooped both races of the day, while three other youth helms competed.
All competitors completed both races in the favourable conditions.