SAILING: So close for Agar at Welland Yacht Club

Awaiting the start
Awaiting the start
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A blustery and wet race two of the frostbite series at Welland Yacht Club got under way on Sunday with seven sailors braving the elements.

The Scorpion of Andy Prior and Tom Bell took the lead from the line, followed by the Enterprise of Ian Thompson and Andy Stopper, RS200 of Alan Cox and Roger Ackroyd and the Phantom of Gerri Van Haren.

Race winner Andy Agar

Race winner Andy Agar

Then in a sudden gust Bell while hiking out fell over the side of the Scorpion when the toe strap broke.

However in a textbook man overboard recovery he was soon back in the boat but the time taken had dropped them down the field.

Van Haren went up front with Cox and Ackroyd in second followed by Thompson

and Stopper, Mark Holland, Prior and Bell, Andy Agar with junior Emma Agar in the much slower Topper at the rear – knowing she had to keep within the handicap difference of the lead boats.

The course had been set to give a challenging jibe around the marks and the first three boats rounded the top mark successfully, only to see Holland capsize on the jibe – dropping him down to sixth.

Despite only being fourth on the water Andy Agar kept close enough to be in contention once the times got adjusted for handicap.

The conditions didn’t ease for the second leg and the fleet managed to keep formation without further incident, the lead four boats all hoping they had kept their respective positions at the finish.

Result: 1 A Agar, 2 Cox & Ackroyd, 3 Van Haren, 4 Prior & Bell.