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Laser Barometer at Tamesis Club

By John Dunkley on 10 Oct 2012 7 October 2012
Congestion at the marks at Tamesis
Congestion at the marks at Tamesis
Photo © Adrian Warwick-Haller
Steve Bartlett with the Laser Barometer at Tamesis
Steve Bartlett with the Laser Barometer at Tamesis
Photo © John Dunkley
Congestion at the marks at Tamesis
Congestion at the marks at Tamesis
Photo © Adrian Warwick-Haller

Steve Bartlett won the Laser Barometer with three firsts in the first three races at the Laser open meeting at Tamesis Club on Sunday 7 October. With the best three of the four races to count, he did not need to sail the last race, which was won by Marcus Chavasse in Storm (146120).

Bartlett, sailing Jacana (143088), convincingly outsailed 15 other Lasers in a light and variable north westerly wind, quickly finding a clear wind after each start and after rounding the Lensbury mark in the lead, running upstream along the Middlesex bank of the Thames to avoid the worst of the fast running stream. For most of the other boats it was almost like driving dodgem cars at a funfair as they endeavoured to run upriver in close order in too narrow a group. There were frequent minor scrapes as they tried to avoid the jetties, moored boats and each other. Moving out into the middle of the river to get a clear wind was occasionally beneficial but in most cases it was the inshore boat which fared best.

Those Lasers which broke through to the front behind Bartlett, included Donald Forbes in Greylag (188044), who was second overall, with a second and two thirds, and Stewart Colley in Grey Dove (171688), counting two seconds and a fourth. Marcus Chavasse was fourth, counting a third, tenth and a first.

Several places were lost by boats which endeavoured to pass too close to the upstream mark only to hit it and having to re-round the buoy as other boats were coming up to it.

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