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Ocean Elements 2016

RC Lasers TT at Poole Radio Yacht Club

by Dave Fowler on 9 Mar 2016 6 March 2016
Prestart during the RC Laser TT at Poole © Mike Millard

Arriving to a blue sky frost on the ground (well when I got there) Mirror lake, it looked like a very tricky day, but come 10am the wind switch was turned on from the North East, with gusts giving top end 'B' with some people using 'C' rigs.

Race officer Peter Wiles and his team set a course using ¾ of the lake giving a long windward leg with a side hitch on the run back.

The first 3 races went to different helms Adrian Tomlinson, Dave Fowler, and John Arundal. after a small break the course was adjusted with the backing wind, and the installation of a gate at the leeward mark made for interesting / good practice, for forward events. Adrian took the 4th race after an epic battle with John A. Dave F found the correct settings for the new un-stretched 'B' sail and took the next 5 races to lunch with Adrian and John A fully in contention at the front of the fleet.

After lunch the wind had backed a bit more requiring a new windward mark, the afternoon saw the local boats of Ken Collins Gaining 4 2nd places, Peter Smith 1 bullet and a 2nd, and Jim Magregor 2 3rd places. With Adrian T and Dave F having 2 bullets and the other going to John A, there was an appearance of a couple of 'A' sails but very short lived.

A big thanks to Poole for running the event, and we are looking forward to the Nationals here in October.

Mike Millard's photos can be found on flickr here.

Overall Results: (top four)

1st 840, Dave Fowler (Kingsmill) 20pts
2nd 30, Adrian Tomlinson (Royal Temple) 31pts
3rd 27, John Arundal (Hawley) 34pts
4th 599, Ken Colins (Poole) 59pts

Full results will be on the www.rclaser.org.uk web site.

The full RC Laser Calendar can be found here.

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