We had a good turnout of 34 boats for our last Autumn Point Score races of the season. It was a lovely autumn afternoon with a very shifty 9-14kt SE breeze, that moved further and further right as the afternoon progressed.
Competition was close leading into the last two races, with Murray Stone 1.5 points ahead of Ian Alexander in the Standards and Daryl Lawrence 2.5 points ahead of Martin White in the Radials/4.7s. This was made more exciting with a further impending drop. And Daryl’s absence posed some risk for him.
In the Standards, Murray did everything he could to give Ian a chance, posting a 14th in the first race, but Ian obliged by posting a 16th. And then Murray sailed a great second race, posting a 4th vs Ian’s 8th to secure a series win.
In the Radials / 4.7s, Daryl’s absence proved to be costly. Martin had two great races, with significant separation on the rest of the fleet, resulting in a 3rd and a 5th vs Daryl’s 12th and 12th (DNC). While Daryl got to drop one of those 12ths, it wasn’t enough. In the end, both Martin and Julian van Aalst passed Daryl in the series, giving another series win to Martin.
Well done to Murray and Martin for their hard fought and successful results.
Thanks to Dennis Kuhlmann for running well-organised races, assisted by Clare Alexander. And thanks to the COTD team of Josh Kirton, Yves Stening (and kids, Molly and Bill) and Gerard Cafe (who used to drive the RIBs regularly for the club some years ago) – welcome back Gerard. Thanks also to Hadrien Bourely, who assisted Shirley Roach in the canteen, and thanks to Shirley for her hard work as the sole regular volunteer!