All the ingredients for a good evenings sailing at Gorleston were in place, sunshine, a good sea state, a warm F2 from the NE and an OOD keen to get us on the water and racing. The result was three close races, excellent courses and a great evening of racing. The club boats proved popular once again with all four booked out. Twelve boats launched and by the time we got to the start line the OOD was ready to start racing
Race one saw the RS’s lead the fleet with Don & Molly (400) and Richard F (300) jostling for lead boat with the latter crossing the line 15 seconds ahead. Behind the two Solutions of Richard B and Joe plus Dave in a Laser swapped places a number of times with Richard B crossing the line just ahead of Dave. On corrected time Dave just beat Richard B by 8 seconds.
In race two Richard F slowly increased his lead on the fleet and completing an extra lap. Don & Molly led the rest closely followed by Adrian (D-One) and the two Solutions. The RS’s were first to cross the line with Joe finishing ahead of Phil (Phantom) and Richard B. On corrected time Richard F beat Joe by nine seconds.
Race three saw new member Angus off to a great start on a port flyer comfortably crossing the entire fleet. After the first lap Richard F had worked his way into the lead closely followed by the RS400 and Richard B. Behind them a group of four boats were separated by just five seconds. Once again the 300 slowly creep away from the fleet earning an extra lap and almost catching some boats up. On corrected time it was a battle of the Richards with Mr Brown beating Mr Fryer by just three seconds.
Many thanks to the OOD for a great evening of close racing. Three races with three different winners in three different classes and with less than ten seconds separating the first two boats in each race.
With the series now well over half way through Mark, sailing a club Laser is currently in the lead but is just one point ahead of Richard B.
Several pictures of the evenings sailing are now on the club Flickr site