On a lovely sunny morning but with a breeze struggling to reach even 5/6 knots
for most of the race seven dinghies headed out to a start line in the Twizzle.
James Oxley and Martin Jenkins in their Phantoms got away together right on the
gun and led the fleet towards the first mark. The lead changed a couple of
times but Jenkins rounded first with Oxley close behind.
It was clear that John Sewell in his Solo was enjoying clear air and had
separated from the other slower boats and was surprisingly close to the two
The two Phantoms had a really close tussle, the lead changing several times on a
day where the wind was shifting twenty degrees favouring first one then the
Sewell continued to keep relatively close, Tim Oxley, also sailing a Solo led
the posse of Lasers and Paul Burnage in his Wayfarer.
At the final mark the two Phantoms approached together, Jenkins was ahead but
Oxley misjudged his tack and there was a collision. Oxley came out of the
collision the better and slipped round Spit Buoy a boat length ahead.
The Phantoms sailed back to the finishing line a few boat lengths apart, Oxley
did just enough, managing to execute a penalty turn just before the finish line
and cross first.
Although Sewell had kept in touch it looked like the Phantoms may have done
enough, however some ten minutes after the leaders were back in the dinghy park
the Solos led the slower boats home in an increased fresh breeze. After
handicaps had been applied Sewell took the win with Tim Oxley in his Solo
second, the Phantoms relegated to third and fourth. It was good to see Danny
Blowers and Sue Wood back out on the water in their Lasers.
The next race in the series is on Sunday 3rd June.