With sunshine and a pleasant ten knot breeze there was a good number of dinghies sailing to the start line in The Twizzle.
Race Officer Alec Moss set a tough start line with the first mark of the course at Hedge End.
There was a lot of jostling on the line for position but Martin Jenkins in his Phantom got away first with Simon Hipkin sailing his Hadron and the Phantoms of James Oxley and Chris Nelson in hot pursuit.
The order rounding the first mark was Jenkins followed by Oxley, Hipkin, Nelson then the Laser of Dominic Jacobs.
James Oxley was having a great tussle with Hipkin’s Hadron, Jenkins maintained a thirty second lead overall but Jacobs was hanging on to the faster boats very well.
Further back the Solo of John Sewell was keeping ahead of the smaller rig Lasers and Tim Oxley’s Solo and was looking likely to finish amongst the leaders on handicap.
The final leg to the finish at the club was a challenging beat in the shifting breeze. Jenkins managed to hold his lead over Hipkin who had got past Oxley so the finishing order mirrored the positions on the first leg of the race.
Dominic Jacobs sailed his Laser immaculately and was close enough to the fast boats to take the win on handicap. Simon Hipkin ended up a minute behind on corrected time pipping Sewell’s Solo by just four seconds and Jenkins Phantom by seventeen seconds.
The next race in the series is on Sunday 1st July.
There is an evening Series Race Friday 8th June.
1st Dominic Jacobs, Laser
2nd Simon Hipkin, Hadron
3rd Solo, John Sewell
4th Martin Jenkins, Phantom
5th James Oxley, Phantom,
6th Chris Nelson, Phantom
7th Heidi Wright, Laser Radial
8th Paul/ Jemima Burnage, Wayfarer
9th Tim Oxley, Solo
10th Sue Wood, Laser Radial/4.7