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Medway RC Laser Winter Series - Day 10

by Jamie Blair 26 Feb 2018 19:00 GMT 25 February 2018

Weather predictions were for 20-25 knots from the East and with temperatures below freezing. This did not put off the ten racers who braved the elements.

The course was positioned to provide some shelter from the biting wind with the racers standing downwind of the café. Smells of cooking bacon mixed with the woody smells of the wood burner didn't put anyone off. A triangle/sausage layout laid but with a strong port bias but with the windward end set well back from the rum line to the windward mark.

The "D" sail was the rig of choice. The beat to the windward mark held a number of possibilities with the windward end allowing a one tack to the mark but in shelter of the café. Middle to leeward end provided more wind and a starboard tack approach to the windward mark. A long broad reach to the wing mark (very much in the lee of the café!) and then a scurrying run to the leeward mark. A proper beat to the top of the course and flat run, rounding the bottom mark and finish.

Ian Foxwell and Tony Owens set the pace taking a mixture of top three places for most of the 17 races, interrupted by David Townshend taking the last three races of the day and Pete Freeman a brace. Coffee and the warmth of the wood burner were very welcome after nine races.

Some notable results from our newest racer Mark Penny with a 3rd and a number of 4th places – we are keen to see a bullet! One casualty with low power and damp in the engine room was Jamie Blair that kept him from 5 of the races. One sailor even joined from Italy and found the weather and the sailing a challenge.

By our cut-off time of 12.30, 17 races had been completed. Ian Foxwell won the day by a 10 point margin, with Tony Owens second and David Townshend in third.

Day 10 Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16R17Pts
1st62Ian Foxwell1-323221121111-52-5323
2nd75Tony Owens321-6113-512544132-633
3rd58David Townshend-7442536344-822-711142
4th63Pete Freeman21-71367635235(DNF)(DNC)4250
5th83Richard Stone5554782-963-105-9263566
6th3Mark Penny473-88458-96-966646780
7th72Charles Pegram-98-9767848-9383857486
8th51Jamie Blair(DNS)(DNS)6545427104983(DNC)DNCDNC89
9th48Phil Walker868-9-9997587-1074898103
10th17Sarah Mason69-10-10-1010101010767109789118

The Winter Series Overall is well poised with the Tony Owens out in front and the next 3 places only points apart. The competition isn't going to getting any less for the rest of the series.

Our next outing is next Sunday (4th March) for Round 11 with 4 rounds left.

Winter Series Overall: (after Day 10)

PosSail NoHelmPts
175Tony Owens738
263Peter Freeman642
362Ian Foxwell625
451Jamie Blair575
583Richard Stone493
672Charles Pegram353
758David Townshend317
84Tony Alexander309
9958Brian Lev'y266
1084Jon Moon218
113Mark Penny158
12309Adrian Tomlinson93
1317Sarah Mason87
1433Les Willson79
1548Phil Walker64
1682Scot Atkinson60
17613Andrew Nicholls52
1883Fin Atkinson13
1936Roger White7
2013Bryan Collings0

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