Oulton Week needs some wind

This year's Oulton Week is becoming memorable for the wrong reason: The wind, or lack of it, has affected every race – and yesterday was no different.

The River Cruisers always provide a good spectacle. The format has been changed slightly. Instead of starting in two races with the faster ones going first and then the results being combined into one, this year they are sailing their own race, which means the faster ones are able to sail a longer race as they are not governed by the speed of the slowest boat and they can sail more rounds.

The lack of wind is rather spoiling this theory, but different names are appearing in the results each day. In the Fast fleet Chris Bunn, sailing Bewitched, having recorded two firsts, dropped to third on yesterday but still holds a good overall lead over Richie Dugdale's Zingara, who has a second, third and fourth, and S Lampert, who has sailed Cuckoo to a first and second.

In the slower fleet Geoff Angel won on Sunday in Pippa and took second on Monday and yesterday to be well placed. David Thompson had a first on Monday to go with a third on Sunday while Tom Moore has had a win, a fourth and a fifth.

Chris Pank won the Pensioners Plate for keel boat helmsmen, for which he qualifies sailing his cruiser Whisper by also winning a couple of Slow Handicap dinghy races consisting mainly of Juniors in his Mirror dinghy.


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