Thursday’s westerly wind prompted OOD John Redding to set a PX course with a double dog leg to make sure that we were all alert at the end of the day.
The wind did persist for most of the evening to provide good racing. Eleven boats took to the water , including 6 boat types and it was good to see juniors joining in the fun with Henry Medcalf, in the Topper and Alden and Esme Horwitz in a Laser 2000.
Ken Duffell and Mattie Valentine in their Merlin Avenger were the early leaders, stretching out a sizeable lead. However this is Tamesis and a couple of light patches allowed John and Zoe Adams in turn to head the fleet, only to be pegged back by Barry Mourant and Carolyne Vines in the third Merlin, Fair Kop, which took the lead and held it to the end, far enough ahead to also take the race on handicap.
Behind them Tim and Ed Medcalf in their Firefly Scallywag had been quietly taking advantage of the bursts of wind and avoiding the flat patches to finish fifth on the water but second overall, followed on handicap by the Merlins and then the Albacore, Cobblers, sailed by David Baker and crewed by Barbara Adams.
Class Sail No. Name Helm Crew Points