Wednesday Series 3 Final Summary 16/09/2010

Well no more Wednesday night sailing for another six months. Wednesday Series 3 was sailed in some poor condidtions with light winds and rain dominating after the first race with one race not

going ahead due to the poor conditions, so in the end four races sailed with three to count.

The first race saw 17 starters with Mike Pritchard in a Laser winning from Nick Marlow and new mid-week crew John Shepherd, sailing a Lark. The next two

races were won easily by the Lark team with Kevin Milton putting in two top three finishes to cement third place overall behing the Lark and Laser. The light winds deterred all but the determined

with the second race only having five starters although rather more were in the bar for the post race tactical discussion.

The final race was held with 11 starters in dark, wet conditions with at least some wind albeit swirling having navigated itself past the trees by No. 1. Nick Marlow took an early lead from

Mike Pritchard, Keith Brereton and Nick Turnbull-Ross and this was further extended when Mike Pritchard misjudged a gybe and hit Nick’s Lark and ended up doing a 720 degree turn, or at least two

tacks and a gybe. The defining moment in the race was when leaders Nick Marlow and Keith Brereton choose the shorter route from 2 to 7 which took them to the lee of an island

whilst the Laser sailors Nick Turnbull-Ross and Mike Pritchard went to windward an kept the stronger wind to lead. Over the next few laps ther was some close on the

water sailing between all the boats. Ultimately on handicap the final race was won by Mike Pritchard from Nick Marlow and John Shepherd with Keith Bereton third.

The final race win for Mike meant that there was tie for first place overall between Mike and Nick and John in a Lark. After this success it will be interesting to

see who Nick has crewing for him at the Lark Inland Championsips this weekend.

Finally, thanks for all of you who have taken part in Wednesday night sailing this season; fun sailing and a good social eveining afterwards with plenty of takings at the bar helping to keep

subscriptions low so hopefully we will see even more of you next season.

Wednesday Series 3 (25 entries)

1st Equal Mike Pritchard 4.0pts
1st Nick Marlow and John Shepherd 4.0pts
3rd Kevin Milton 10.0pts
4th Kevin Last 13.0pts
5th Keith Brereton 13.5pts