Series ends in perfect conditions

Friday, December 14, 2012

 

Series ends in perfect conditions

Youngest helm Emil Bleriot and Thomas Leather, who won the Parent and Child Cup with father, Robin.

SAILING

A RARE morning of stiff but sailable weather greeted the competitors for the final race of Gurnard Sailing Club’s Frostbite Series, marking the end of the season.

Martin Scott’s Sprint 15 sped away from the RS400s to Gurnard Ledge, but had his lead reduced on the downwind legs. James Downer was the first of the RS400s to finish, managing to edge Scott off top spot by a single second on handicap. Pete Newlands was third.

In the medium group, Paul Blowers’ Finn and Adam Coventry’s Laser 4.7 made best speed in the fresh breeze, but Coventry’s late start torpedoed his chance of top honours. At the close it was Blowers, followed by Mark Harrison in the first of the RS100s.

With all boats tucked away after racing, the wind increased as forecast and attention turned indoors to mulled wine, mince pies and the season’s prize-giving conducted by rear commodore Judith French.

Besides the series and trophy winners, there were several cadets who made great progress in club events and also on the wider sailing scene. These included Youth Shield winner Josh Atherton, Adam Coventry and Ted Blowers, all of whose sights are fixed on greater things next season.

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