Race Officer Neil Andrew provided an exciting series of eight short races over three days and the championship was decided on the short last beat of the last race.
Friday produced bright sun and a moderate offshore breeze which
varied a lot in strength and direction.
In the first race, St Mawes Class Captain (and event organiser) Lindsey
In the second race, left was best again an Samaki (Alan Williams)
led from Pegasus (David Kerridge), Aeolus (John Howard),
In the third race, Athena made the most of a port bias on the line and a big wind shift at the start to tack onto port and take a commanding lead from Pintail (Richard Bown), Orion (Jonathan Colley) and Pegasus. Aeolus got past these three to take second place from Pintail and Pegasus.
Saturday was overcast and a moderate south-westerly breeze gave a change of conditions. There seemed to be a good breeze to the left but the right-hand side of the beat by the Helford was better. Atalanta led at the weather mark from Amalthea and Teal (Bob Tate). Atalanta held off Amalthea in a close finish and Guillemot worked her way through to third. Saturday’s courses were all windward/leeward.
In the second race, Amalthea led from Pegasus and Thunderer (John Williams) at the weather mark, with Atalanta fourth. Amalthea led all the way, but the other three swapped places all the way to the finish. Thunderer was second from Pegasus and Atalanta.
In the third race, Athena emerged from two poorer races to lead narrowly from Pegasus at the weather mark, with Thunderer third. Thunderer passed Pegasus on the run. On the beat, Amalthea was lifted above the leaders on the long port tack towards the shore and got to second behind Athena. Pegasus was third as Thunderer faded on the last beat.
After two days of quick fire racing, Athena had the narrowest lead over Amalthea with Pegasus third and Atalanta fourth.
Sunday’s conditions were a repeat of Friday, bright sun and an
offshore breeze. In race 7,
All agreed the new format had been a great success. Thanks to Lindsey Thomas for organising a most enjoyable event and to Neil Andrew for arranging excellent races.
1. Athena (David
2. Amalthea (Roger
3. Atalanta (Alex Davey)
4. Guillemot (David Mayne) RHYC 4, (12), (8), 1, 4, 6, 2, 1 : 23 points