SAILING: Andy at the double

OUT IN FRONT: Andy Prior (nearest to the camera) and Tom Bell fight it out for victory in the first two races.
OUT IN FRONT: Andy Prior (nearest to the camera) and Tom Bell fight it out for victory in the first two races.

Despite the start of the summer holidays, eight boats lined up for the start of the Sunday points series at Welland Yacht Club in Spalding.

With a training session taking place in the morning, racing was restricted to two races in the afternoon.

With a reasonable north-westerly blowing across the river, Andy Prior opened up a lead by a couple of boat 
lengths from Tom Bell with the other boats in the pack including youngsters Harry Whitelam in a Topper and 
Niall Holland in an RS Feva.

Going upwind Prior was able to pull out a good lead but Bell reeled this in on both laps, leading to a very tactical race as both boats rounded the bottom mark.

But Prior manged to hold off Bell to take the honours with Bell in second, the ever-improving Phil Robertson in third and Gerri Van Haren in fourth in his new Phantom, from Whitelam in fifth, Neal Tack sixth and Brian Cobb 
seventh.

The second race started in a similar way, although Bell managed to time his start better and was only just 
behind Prior with Whitelam getting a great start.

Again Prior managed to pull out from Bell upwind, only to see the gap closed right up downwind.

But Bell never managed to pass Prior – meaning the first two places were the same as the previous race.

Whitelam took advantage of his great start to claim third place from Robertson.

With two races gone and four to go, all is still to play for and next week is the Welland Paddle Regatta.