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Lymington Town Sailing Club Wednesday Early Points Series - Day 1

by Alastair Beeton 22 Apr 2014 17:55 BST 16 April 2014

Lymington Town Sailing Club's Wednesday Early Points Series got off to a perfect start last week with forty-five boats launching for the 18:30hrs start.

The Race Officer John Freshwater set a course that saw the boats make their way down the river and then to a mark to the east of the river. Competitors were greeted with a light 8 to 10 knots breeze as they waited for the start which was delayed for an inbound ferry to pass.

The fast fleet were first to start and had a slightly longer course to sail. In the fast fleet Toby Collyer (RS700) took an early lead which he all the way to the finish. In second place was the RS400 of Rob & Jan Martin followed by Ben & Jerry Vines in their proto-type National 18.

The Wayfarer fleet had seven entries with Clive Taylor & Darran Stokes taking the line honours followed by Mike Kinna & R Dovey in second and Paul Baker & Paul Davis in third.

The medium fleet saw twenty boats start making it the largest fleet and included all four of the Club's RS Visions. The two Merlin Rockets dominated the race with Nigel Brooke & Declan Clamp in first place closely followed by Mark Barwell & Louise Johnson in second by just sixteen seconds. Richard Russell & Sylvia Weger came third in their Tasar.

The slow fleet saw Robby Boyd (Laser 45.7) first followed by Harry Fitzsimmons & Sam Woodhouse (Cadet) and Susan Sutherland & Sarah Unsworth (Lymington River Scow) in third place.

Details of how to participate in this series can be obtained from the Sailing Secretary on 01590 674514.

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