A good week

For the first September Series race there was a change of conditions, a good westerly force 4 initially gusting 5-6.

Graeme Knox was just ahead of Tony Cook in their Lasers followed by Hamish Whyte in a Solo, Malcolm Heron and Craig Knox in Lasers and Jim Green in a Topper.

Tony had a quick capsize letting Hamish into second and all had difficulty in an increasingly gusty wind.

Craig retired suffering recurring injury which caused confusion as he went ashore but was unable to secure his boat which capsized and set off on its own.

Hamish, in second place, not realising Craig was safe stopped to check the empty boat, then generously retired to assist its recovery.

Malcolm missed a mark and by the time he returned to it Graeme and Tony were well ahead. On the last lap in a rapidly dropping wind Tony caught Graeme until, oddly, when the winds became very light, Graeme pulled away again for a fairly easy win followed by Tony, Malcolm and Jim.

The conditions were quite challenging for all but it was a good start to the Autumn series.

The wind on Sunday, September 2 was a moderate westerly and four Lasers set off around a tight course for the two races on the day. Duncan Brown is still finding his way in the club boat, and though he had many adventures inexperience and multiple capsizes put him out of contention.

Murray Hadden, now at the end of his first season had pace but a few tiring coups put him into third. The conditions favoured Pater Tait and Graeme Knox, the former faster around force three or less, the latter faster in anything above, and as the wind varied between both they had a terrific battle and the closest racing of the season so far, finishing both races within four boat lengths of each other, Peter claiming the first and Graeme the second.

Members are reminded to check race times, now earlier to accommodate the onset of autumn’s darker evenings (see web site for details).