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Lymington Town Sailing Club Wildwind Wednesday Early Series - Day 9

by Alastair Beeton 11 Jun 14:53 BST 5 June 2019

Nearly 40 boats sailed in race 9 of the Wildwind Wednesday Early Points Series. Race Office, Tony Stickland, set a long course sending the fleets round 'D' mark several times to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Other race marks used were BHG, Oakhaven, Sanders Sails and Scott Bailey.

It was an interesting evening for some of the boats in class one. Of the 8 boats that started 7 finished. There were a few breakages but overall the competitors seemed to have an enjoyable evening. In 1st was the F18 catamaran sailed by Dougal Harris and Henry Castledine. 2nd place was taken by Toby Collyer in his RS700 despite snapping a tiller extension half-way around the course. 3rd was the 29er sailed by Euan Etheridge and William Homewood.

For Class 3 the low tide provided a challenge for the 24 single-handers in the start, jostling for position before the reaching blast out of the river. A good length of course and fresh breeze provided an excellent stretch of the legs with close tacking up the Solent shore towards Hurst before a long run, catching waves, back to 'D' mark off the river mouth. The Blaze, RS Aero 9s and Phantoms led the way, but the big question was would they be far enough ahead on PY to win on corrected time? Ian Sanderson took line honours in his Blaze, a boat length clear of Peter Barton in his RS Aero 9. However, the corrected time leaders came from lower down the fleet with Davis Ellis scoring the win in his RS Aero 5 from Robbie Boyd in his Laser. Next Wednesday stages the grand finale of the early Wednesday series with the RS Aero 9, RS Aero 7 and Phantom all in the mix for the top podium spots.

Results can be found here.

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