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Lymington Town Sailing Club Solent Circuit - Day 5

by Rob Martin on 7 Nov 2016 6 November 2016

Competitors for week 5 of the Lymington Town sailing Club Solent Circuit were greeted by bright sunshine, frost and a light north westerly breeze.

As the IRC class start sequence got underway the wind started to shift to the north and increase. This made for a tight start at the starboard end of the line with both Boomerang and High Potential being over. Both returned and continued racing.

At this point, Race Officer Rob Milledge, postponed the subsequent starts and repositioned the first windward mark. This gave a true beat to this mark but the rest of the course became exciting with often difficult reaches as the wind gusted over 20 knots.

The nature of the course led to close racing. In previous weeks this has been In the J80's and Folkboat classes but it was the IRC fleet who provided the closest racing with Boomerang, Jelly Baby and Jaywalker often within boats lengths of each other and changing places on most legs of the course.

The faster Boomerang extended their lead a little on the second lap, but Jaywalker were close enough to beat them on handicap as these two finished second and third overall. First place went to the team on Gravity, this win taking them to second overall behind Jaywalker.

In the LAH fleet, neither fleet leaders Google Eye or second placed Unity featured in the top 3. Instead, the race was won by Dynamic, moving them up into third overall, second place on handicap went to OK Yah, with third place on the day going to Red Kite, who recovered well from being late at the start.

At the front of the Folkboat fleet, the two overall leaders raced for a crucial win, Padfoot held off Stralende to keep her at the top of the results. Third place went to Second Wind, keeping her in 3rd overall.

No Regrets won the J80 class for the 4th time, cementing their position at the top of the leader board, second went to Wildcat 3, with third place going to Checkmate, keeping them just two points behind overall.

Thank you to our sponsors; Caldwells Estate Agents, Lymington Yacht Haven, Harken and Ringwood Brewery.

The penultimate race of the series is scheduled to take place next Sunday. If you are interested in being involved in either race, please contact LTSC directly.

Day 5 Results:

IRC
1, Gravity, Ronan Grealish
2, Jaywalker, Bob Baker
3, Boomerang, Ray Crouch

LAH
1, Dynamic, John Turner
2, OK Yah, Robert Young
3, Red Kite, Roger Harford

Folkboat
1, Padfoot, Chris Hills
2, Stralende, Simon Flack
3, Second Wind, Richard Martin

J80
1, No Regrets, Chris and Hannah Neve
2, Wildcat 3, Andy Ash-Vie
3, Checkmate, Ray Mitchell

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