Monday Series – Race 3

Ten dinghies signed in to race this evening North Westerly wind Force 3-4. The Race Officer Brian Aldgate organised a six lap – port hand triangular course.

There were two in the Handicap Fleet – with Duncan Smith making his first outing in his new Solo.

Three Enterprises were at the start line with Giles Gilbert (crew Tom Gilbert) taking an early bath before the start as they practiced their gybes.

There was a broad reach to start followed with what has become quite familiar pattern this season an exciting tight reach across towards the Mount.

Tom Kliskey (crew Colin Stephens) had a superb start and despite being chased hard by Jeremy Williams (crew Di Stephens) held onto their lead for the entire race finishing in first position.

It was an interesting evening with equipment failures predominant in the remaining fleets.

In the Laser Fleet Kian Andrews gybed to start but immediately had to sail back to the slip to replace a broken mainsheet block. He then sailed back – started the race and despite the setback was first over the finish line. Joe Smith gained second with Derek Jones also having had to sail back into the harbour to fix his outhaul before re-joining the race finishing in third.

In the Mirrors, Fleet Captain Eric Taylor (crew Jenna Dyer) pulled out a lead with a superb start. Unfortunately, Dean Mooney (crew Aoife) capsized at the windward mark due to a snapped halyard resulting in their gaff rig collapsing and had to be towed back to the harbour, leaving Eric in the only Mirror remaining, to finish the race.

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