What a glorious day for the first weekend of the Winter Series. Not a cloud in the sky and a cracking breeze. Mervyn Wright/ Trevor Brandt were the race team which took one boat off the water. But the return of 2 family businesses – Apthorp & Son and Linder & Son – after long sojourns more than made for it. Even more water had come back this week and after the frost on the ramp thawed, we were able to get in 2 tight races.
Ian and James Linder won the start in the first race and kept their lead all the way round, stretching the gap by the end. Charles and Charlie Apthorp had a closer tussle with Richard Jones and Howard Shawyer (recently featured on the front cover of FF World!), managing to just hold them off all the way to the end.
The second race featured the same trio finishing in the same order but Apthorp/ Jones made life harder for the Linders. The three were within a couple of boat lengths of each other at the first gybe mark and back up to the top mark. Charles went slightly wider than Ian on the run and nipped in front by the leeward mark – only to be overtaken again by the windward mark, and there they stayed until the end.
4 more weekends of racing like that and the MidWinter Champs will be a smashing event
Happy New Year from Datchet to all