Summer Series Finale – 3rd September 2023

A light north-easterly wind and very strong tide greeted the 7 competitors who braved sunstroke and heat exhaustion. After about 20 minutes large windless areas developed across the racing area. All bar one managed to do one lap, with Pietro the first to get the hoot ahead of Nigel, but those who were sent round again ended up becalmed so Sailing Instruction 12.3 was invoked and one lap counted for all. Neil finished first on handicap which put him in the lead in the series on the same points as Nigel.

After a long delay so that Pete could complete a lap, boats could be towed back to the start, the course made smaller and the wind increase again to light, a second race was run. The boats were all unusually close to the line at the start and Neil and Robin were over the line, caught out by the back tide, and had to go back to re-start. Jake surged ahead in his second race in the RS600 and finished first on the water (but not so good on handicap). The Toppers managed to stay closer to the Lasers this time so Nigel won on handicap, with Pietro in second and Robin, who recovered quicker than Neil at the start, in third.

Overall Nigel, the only qualifier in the Slow fleet finished first in the series, with Neil second and Winner in the Fast fleet. Jason Williams in his first series came second in his Laser with Andrew Evans third in his extreme Topaz cat in third.