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Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series - Race 4

by John Burn 10 May 15:59 BST 7 May 2022

The sunshine made a welcome appearance for Race 4 in the Sailing Club Series. Will Henderson, overseeing procedures from the Race Box, set a Course of 2-7-2-3 for the Medium Handicap and 1-7-1-3-2-3 for the Fast Handicap.

Unfortunately, despite the glorious conditions there were only two Lasers competing in the Medium Handicap and 5 boats in the Fast Handicap.

Charlie Evans in his Laser Radial and Edward Alexander in his Laser 4.7 both got away cleanly but, due to the speed differential between the different rig sizes, they found themselves making their way round the course on their own. Not very exciting for either of them but a pleasant sail none the less.

1st Charlie Evans
2nd Edward Alexander

The fast Handicap saw the small fleet remain in close contention with each other until they entered the bag. The Merlin Rocket of Ross Borne and John Burn managed to sneak away and start to build a lead, it didn't last long though.

On the leg from Gerston back to Blackstone Tim Fells and Nicola Bass in the Lark and Rob Henderson and Alice Markham in the RS200 both showed great speed. They caught and passed the Merlin both rounding Blackstone just ahead of Ross and John.

Andrew and Shelia Squire in the Albacore and Claire Booth in a RS Aero were not far behind the front 3 so it was all still to play for.

At the end of the 93 minute race it was yet another win for Tim & Nicola in the Lark with Rob & Alice 2nd and Andrew & Shelia 3rd.

Fast Handicap Results after Race 4:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewPY16 Apr23 Apr30 Apr7 MayPts
1stLark2527Tim FellsBen Meek10701‑2113
2ndMerlin Rocket3682Ross BorneJohn Burn980‑31OOD24.5
3rdALBACORE8252Andrew SquireSheila Squire1040OOD‑4249
4thRS AERO 71517Clare Booth 1065(DNC)DNC4325
5thPHANTOM1417Olly Alexander 1004(DNC)53DNC26
6thRS 200629Rob Henderson 10464(DNC)DNC527
7th5058050Peter ColcloughGeorge Alexander90383(DNC)DNC29
8thLark2157Will HendersonMandy Henderson10702(DNC)DNCOOD30
9thNATIONAL 123537Mike HoyleSian Hodges106476(DNC)DNC31
10thK1811Mark Savage 107010(DNC)5DNC33
11thNATIONAL 123494Mary HendersonFrankie Burn10645(DNC)DNCDNC41
12thMerlin Rocket3769Graham Cranford SmithFiona Cranford Smith9806(DNC)DNCDNC42
13thRS AERO 71416Chris Booth 1065(DNC)DNCDNFDNC43
14thMerlin Rocket3621Tris SquireShelia Squire980(DNC)7DNCDNC43
15thRS AERO 73024Geoffrey Cox 10659(DNC)DNCDNC45
16thRS AERO 71746Simon Ballantine 1065OOD(DNC)DNCDNC54
16thRS AERO 71505Tim Fells 1065(DNC)DNCDNCDNC54

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