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Medway RC Laser Winter Series - Day 12

by Jamie Blair 11 Apr 20:13 BST 8 April 2018

With the weather on Saturday providing one of the hottest days in the SE at 19 degrees and 10 knots of wind all were looking forward to a pleasant morning racing on the last Sunday of our Winter Series. Indeed the last round until October when Medway RC Laser will host a qualifying Open Meeting for the UKRC Laser Association. Instead the day dawned with rain and very little wind.

At the lake the same picture emerged but with the rain stopping and a course in place the first race was run. Eight racers came to the start (numbers down because of other larger boat events) all with "A" rigs to try and grasp what was available in the sub 5 knots breeze.

Race one was completed with Tony Owens in front followed by Mark Penny but as the tail-enders finished the wind died completely. Mark who only joined us in January was delighted with his result in 2nd. You could just hear mumblings of "you can't sail in this" and with no perceived increase in wind an early coffee break was taken.

After nearly 40 minutes the wind did pick up but with a 180 degrees change. So good was the positioning of the buoys it was decided to leave them in position and utilise a reaching start! There was still a challenging beat to keep the racers thinking along with a downwind leg that might be affected by the wind over the café.

Eight races were completed by our 12.30 cut-off. The racing provided lead changes and the leader overall changed between Jamie Blair and Tony Owens right up to near the end; Jamie counting 4 wins, Tony with three and Pete Freeman a well-earned bullet to break the lock out in race 5. Looking for wind on the water and perseverance from others often provided changes in position. Certainly paid off for Brian Lev'y in race 3 taking a third to count. An unlucky day for David Townshend who suffered a failed rudder servo in Race 1.

Round 12 Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st51Jamie Blair312121-4111
2nd75Tony Owens131-4421214
3rd63Pete Freeman42-53152320
4th3Mark Penny25-66333527
5th613Andrew Nicholls544264-7631
6th958Brian Lev'y66355-75434
7th82Scott Atkinson(DNS)777766747

The Winter Series was hotly contested right up to the last round, with four sailors who were very capable of winning the series. Tony Owens was the most consistent all through the series but with Jamie, Pete and Ian all never far away.

Medway RC Laser Winter Series Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmPts
175Tony Owens825
251Jamie Blair775
363Peter Freeman732
462Ian Foxwell689
583Richard Stone493
64Tony Alexander395
758David Townshend355
872Charles Pegram353
9958Brian Lev'y304
1084Jon Moon275
113Mark Penny249
12613Andrew Nicholls102
1382Scot Atkinson99
1430Adrian Tomlinson93
1517Sarah Mason87
1633Les Willson79
1748Phil Walker64
1883Fin Atkinson13
1936Roger White7
2013Bryan Collings0