Although there are still two scheduled races to sail in each of our four Dinghy Autumn Series’ three helms are now certain of overall victory with the minor placings yet to be decided.
An strong turnout of sailors arrived on time for Saturday’s early morning start but unfortunately the forecasted westerly breeze did not! The day’s racing was eventually abandoned by the OOD due to lack of wind. This meant that the two current Saturday Series leaders can no longer be overhauled. So, the Autumn Saturday Handicap Series winner is Ray Potter sailing his K1 and the Autumn Saturday Solo Series was won by Peter Hearne (Solo 4982).
The wind on Sunday was a little more obliging although the forecasted double figure westerly breeze ended up a very fickle light shifty affair. Nevertheless, two short races were able to be sailed.
Peter Hearne won the first Solo Fleet race by a country mile but a similar win for James Stevenson (Solo 3965) in the second race confirmed him as the overall Autumn Sunday Solo Series winner.
As reported earlier, the Sunday Handicap Series is very tight with three helms still in with a chance of winning. Whilst both of Sunday’s races were won by the RS 200 sailed by Paul Craft and Tracy a second and fifth was enough to move Eddie Holden (K1) just 0.8 points ahead of Ben Flower (Laser Std) who could only manage a third and a sixth place. However, Ben has a slight advantage in his potential discard profile so it is literally neck and neck with the two final races of the Series scheduled to be sailed on Sunday 22nd December with an 8.45am start time!
Full result sheets are available to view in the Dinghy Section of the web site.
PS. For those of you confused by all the decimal points in net scores, each helm is awarded the average points scored of his/hers sailed races within a Series when undertaking a duty, ie Race Officer or Safety Boat helm/crew.