Parkstone Series Race 9 ….!!

Saturday 25 June, Parkstone Spring Series race 9

Wind at last! Today crews were greeted by a fresh westerly wind. What a difference some wind makes to the atmosphere in the boat park.

Today was the also the last chance for many teams to fine tune their boats before heading off to the Nationals at Hayling Island.

11 boats headed out for the 2 races scheduled. For race 1, the race officer set a triangular course (with a kink). The lead was a tightly fought battle between Pete & Jo Allam and Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts. Both boats were never separated by more than a few boat lengths but Alexander & Willetts just managed to get an overlap at the critical final gybe mark to establish a lead they would hold to the finish.

For race 2, the Race Officer set a more conventional Olympic triangle course. Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell lead at the first mark, closely followed by Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts. Tabb & Sherrell held the lead, until a daring move on the second beat from Graham & Ben Scroggie gave them the lead. The Scroggies tried the same move on the last beat, this time however they were to loose out and dropped to 4th behind Patrick Keats & Chris Jermyn. This left the Tabb/Sherrell & Alexander/Willetts teams to battle for the lead and eventually Alexander/Willetts secured the lead just before the last mark and held off Tabb/Sherrell to the finish.

Race 1
1st Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
2nd Pete & Jo Allam
3rd Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell

Race 2
1st Bob Alexander & Huw Willetts
2nd Dave Tabb & Chewey Sherrell
3rd Patrick Keats & Chris Jermyn

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