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Medway RC Laser Winter Series event 8 at Barton's Point Country Park, Isle of Sheppey

by Jamie Blair 11 Mar 02:24 PST 6 March 2022
Medway RC Laser Winter Series event 8 © Fiona Blair

Having lost virtually all of February to gales the return saw again 25 knots. Nine intrepid sailors took to the water with at first C rigs.

With the wind direction from the NE an unusual course was set which included a reaching start. This suited the racing sailors who normally sail on the River Medway but with a triangle and sausage providing a long beat towards the bank where the sailors were standing it offered a novel close up view of the windward mark.

Jon Moon (51) set the day alight with a string of firsts and seconds. Andrew Nicholls (613) also showed great speed and consistency with a string of thirds. All boats donned the D rig after race 2 with the wind increasing over 25 knots. Tony Alexander (04) was quick on the water too but a number of entanglements with DNF scoring his day was spoilt.

One such tangle with Jamie Blair (51) down the run in race 4 came from a nose dive of 51 on the reach to a leeward mark. In the nose dive the transom lifted out of the water allowing the boat to land squarely across 04 and no amount of jiggling freed the two boats. With the breeze blowing away from the sailors rescue was important before they were blown to the far end of the lake.

It came down to the last race and discards to split Jon and Jamie. Jamie won by one point.

We look forward to the next round on Sunday 13th March.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st51Jamie Blair‑421(DNF)111219
2nd84Jon Moon11‑21‑2221210
3rd613Andrew Nicholls2‑5‑433333320
4th62Spencer Pope53525(DNF)54(DNF)29
5th4Tony Alexander343(DNF)(DNC)447DNF33
6th928Brian Lev'y‑6‑6644566435
7th76Bob Woolford77(DNF)(DNC)DNC6DNC5DNF49

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