‘After the Thursday evening race on 4th August when Barry Mourant and Carolyne Vines stormed ahead of the rest of the fleet and Doug Pope and Caroline Stilwell took 2nd place ahead of the other two Merlins in the fleet, Barry is now the current leader of the GW Smith Trophy. Doug is in 2nd place, again ahead of the Merlins of Ken Duffell and John Adams.
However the story is not over yet, as John Redding with a 1st in hand and three races to go could clinch the series if he won the next three races. Similarly if David Baker sailed Cobblers to victory in the next three races, he could equal Barry’s current score of three 1sts and a 2nd.
So there is still plenty to sail for and a little time to make the most of the last of the summer evening sails before the evening light fades and the long nights creep back.’