Dolphin Sails Early Autumn series
by Richard Baldwin on 24 Oct 2008
Liverpool Yacht Club held the final race of the Dolphin Sails Early Autumn series on Sunday 19 October. Despite forecasts of high winds a combined fleet of 16 yachts arrived at the start line. Jim Connolly Chairman of race control was in the hot seat for the days racing. The wind proved to be variable in both strength and direction but was predominately a SW F 4-6.
The class 1 fleet initially went upriver before a spinnaker run down to Dukes opposite the Albert dock. This caused the security around the aircraft carrier Illustrious some concern as they requested 'where are they going?' obviously a formidable sight for a mere aircraft carrier!! After this they returned upstream to race between both channels. Keith Lord and his crew from the Isle of Man had another decisive win taking both line and class honours with a final margin over Glyn Sheffield of over 10 minutes.
The class 2 & 3 fleets raced the same course which saw them go up and down and between both shipping channels. There was close racing with both fleets in close proximity to each other. Stuart Lofthouse eventually breaking away from the two fleets to take line and class honours in class 2. Although Richard Baldwin and Andy Napper eventually managed to get ahead of Warwick Telfer in Clarevouyant they were unable to establish a sufficient lead to deny Warwick the class 3 victory.
Overall in class 1 Keith Lord in his A35 'A Crewed Interest' took series title with a perfect score having won 4 of the 5 races. Mark Blanchard was second and Neil Thomas third.
In class 2 Stuart Lofthouse managed 3 firsts to take the series with 6points from Steve Harrison also on 6 points who had won 2 races but unfortunately was unable to race in the last race. Andy Freeney took third spot.
In class 3 Andy Napper with 2 wins took the series title with Jeanette Wight second and Warwick Telfer third.
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