Race Report: SCSC Championship Race 2 – Wednesday August 6th, 2014

Championship Race 2 – Wednesday 6th August 2014

Course:

Start West
CH P
Col S
F S
SD P
CH P
Col S
F S
H S
Finish West
Conditions:
SW – W good breeze of 10 – 12 knots with gusts of 15 – 18 knots
Good visibility and no precipitation
Comments:
23 boats were competing for the north end of the start line which must have made for good entertainment for those watching at the point. After a race 1 win, Paul Creedon in the Wayfarer was too keen and found himself on course side and valuable minutes lost returning to re-start, kept company by Patrick Taylor in his new Ette who was also over the line. With a more westerly wind the windward mark was set at Castlehaven with Gerry MacNulty in the K2 again showing the rest of the fleet the way. The short downwind leg to Colonel kept the fleet quite compact before heading on a close reach to Flea. The K2 continued its lead with a competitive fleet of Wayfarers close behind. The Southern pin end of the line was used to start the upbeat leg again to Castlehaven for the 2nd lap.  Gerry was finally overtaken by Emma in the flying 15 who crossed the line first after a fun battle between the 2 boats to the last mark. William Wallis and Sean Cochrane in the Wayfares took the 1, 2 positions on corrected time after an hour long competition between the pair of them. The K2 was 3rd on corrected time. Again there were 5 Wayfarers in the top 10 places with Mike Toogood 4th, Rupert Taylor 6th and Robin Somerville 9th. These were separated by  Emma Bunting in the Flying 15 who was 5th, Bridget Aylmer in the Ette in 7th with a 28 second lead over Jerome Mayhew in his Ette who took 8th and Peter Buckley in the Laser who took 10th, a costly 720 penalty for Peter on the 1st leg after a collision 10 seconds before the start.  Wacky Biggs and Nicky Lee had a good contest against each other crossing the line 8 seconds apart followed by Ben Thompson – all in Wayfarers. The Ettes enjoyed another great race as a compact fleet coming to the last mark, Bridget again taking 1st from Jerome but also a really exciting finish between James Gartside and Patrick Taylor crossing the line 1 second apart. 

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