Round 1 of the Autumn Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series took place on Sunday 1st October 2017 which was an overcast day with the odd spot of rain and a good consistent breeze at about 10mph from the South West.
Based on this, it was a windward/leeward course in the middle of the lake, starting between marks 7 and 8, a beat to 12, downwind to 7, back to 12, downwind to 7 and finish between 12 and the bank. This remained constant even though the wind did veer slightly towards the SSW.
As such, all skippers started the day on ‘A’ sails and coped very well, until race 6 when the wind suddenly increased to about 14mph when several skippers were unable to tack and control their boats so retired. At this stage an early lunch break was taken and everybody agreed to change to ‘B’ sails even though at the end of the break the wind had reduced again.
We welcomed Ian Kemp back after an extended absence due to his sailing his ‘big’ boat, but he seemed to suffer a rudder problem after the lunch break and so had to retire.
Whilst John Newton had hit a purple patch and won all the races, the rest of the fleet, especially Dave Bland, George Patten and Keith Gray fought over second and third places, such that Dave was able to take second on 26 points and George and Keith sharing third on 27 points, with George taking the position base on his two second places.
This being Round 1 it leaves John Newton leading the Autumn Dragon Force 65 Sunday Championship Series on 7 points, followed by Dave Bland on 6 points and George Patten third on 5 points.
|Jim La Roche||90||0||0|
|Discards – Half+1|
Round 2 will be next Sunday 8th October 2017.