Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Day two of Oulton Week was a considerable improvement over Sunday and although the wind started light and fluky by the afternoon it had settled down and was blowing strongly enough to give some good racing and the shortened course could be put away.
There is a wide variety of dinghies out and the biggest class is the Slow Handicap which includes mainly junior members sailing a mixture ranging from Optimists, Toppers, RS Fevas and one Mirror, which is turning out to be the one to beat.
In the morning race there was a close race between Joe Drake in his Topper and George Catchpole in his RS Tera Pro. Joe was just 35 seconds in front on the water but on handicap they changed places and were split by Billy Johnson’s Optimist.
In the midday race Chris Pank took his Mirror out in front after a close battle with Drake in the early stages, who finished just in front of Catchpole. On handicap Chris Pank hung on to first while Catchpole moved up to second and William Pank moved up to third in his Optimist.
The wind had settled into a westerly by the afternoon series and again there was a close contest between Pank’s Mirror and Drake’s Topper, with Bethany Hood finishing third in her RS Tera Pro and they stayed in this order. The Laser fleet is thinning down a bit to eight boats and the series are both very open, with five different boats occupying the leading six places. Only Alan Cone gained a place in both while Veronica Falat, Jamie Freeman, Ben Turner and Andy Bedwell all claimed places.
The Waveney Sailablity Access dinghies are also enjoying racing and Hope Hodges won both races with Alan Harmer taking a second and a third and Kate D’Avila and Debbie Morton taking the other leading places.