Two victories handy for Andy
Eleven boats took to the water on Sunday for Welland Yacht Club’s fourth regatta of the season. Still keeping to the pursuit format, first boat away was the graduate of Neal Tack, with crew Rebecca Slator.
Then it was the laser radials of Alan Cox, Lucy Burton, Katie Follington and Mark Holland. Then, on equal start times,were the solo of Martin Cook and the Europes of Rosalyn Nickols and Brian Cobb, followed by the OK of Andy Agar and, finally, the full lasers of Andy Prior and Tom Bell.
Although not quite as windy as the previous week, there was still a reasonable breeze, allowing Tack and Slator to pull out a good lead before the ensuing fleet chased after them.
Cook and Nickols were soon among the four radials, with Cobb in turn getting caught by Prior and Bell in the full rig lasers, closely followed by Agar.
With the wind shifting, Cox got caught by a gust and capsized, dropping a few places. On rounding the top mark (buoy 4) for the first time, Tack and Slator still had the lead from Nickols, then Cook, with Prior up to fourth, Bell fifth, followed by Holland, Burton, Cox, Cobb, Agar and Follington.
On the run back to the clubhouse, Prior would move up to second, with Nickols third and Cook and Bell closing in. Then slightly further back, Holland soon got outran by Cox, Burton, Follington, Cobb and Agar.
Once a quarter of the way into the second lap, Prior took the lead as they rounded the top mark for the second time, with Tack and Slator second from Nickols third, Bell fourth and Cook fifth.
On the run back down to the clubhouse, Bell moved to third and, on the start of the third lap, took second, with Nickols third and Tack and Slator fourth.
After a short break, the second and final race of the day got under way, now down to 10 boats. Tack and Slator maintained the lead on rounding the top mark, with Cox, Nickols, Prior, Bell and Holland next around the mark, followed by Burton, Cobb, Agar and Follington.
On the run back to the clubhouse, the two lasers of eventual winner Prior and runner-up Bell reeled in Tack and Slator and went past them, just before rounding the bottom mark, with the rest of the fleet led by Nickols, not that far behind. As they tacked their way back up the course, Nickols moved to third then Cox moved to fourth with his sights set on third place as the clock ticked down the final minutes.
Overall results: 1st Andy Prior, 2nd Tom Bell, 3rd Rosalyn Nickols and joint 4th Alan Cox and Neal Tack, and crew Rebecca Slator.
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