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Cook's consistency earns Tulip Regatta honours

The warm weather and light winds brought out 14 boats for Welland Yacht Club’s Tulip Regatta which was run with personal handicaps to make the racing more competitive.

Heading up river (1927040)
Heading up river (1927040)

Race one began with a short beat up to the first mark and Will Cook was first to round it in his Scorpion, closely followed by Brian Cobb then Martin Cook.

With the wind direction and speed ever changing, positions changed hands regularly and by the end of the race Andy Prior and Tom Bell had worked their way through the fleet to take line honours from Cook and Emma Hill.

However, once personal handicaps had been applied Martin Cook took first place from Cobb with Prior and Bell in third.

The wind hadn’t increased much by race two but again it was the two Scorpions who took advantage of their larger sail area to pull clear. They had their own race at the front of the fleet with the middle order having their own very competitive race.

Although Prior and Bell were again first over the line, their lower personal handicap meant they slipped to sixth on corrected time with Cook and Hill taking first place with Rebecca Slator claiming second spot in her Laser and Martin Cook third.

The mixed results from the first two races meant all was to play for in the third race but with the wind dropping even more a shorter course was selected by the officer.

The start followed a similar pattern with the two Scorpions rounding the mark first but the lighter winds meant that they couldn’t fly their spinnakers correctly and pull out the necessary lead from the chasing pack.

Prior and Bell again took line honours with Cook and Bell only seconds behind but Neal Tack kept in contention all race which was sufficient to give him fist spot on corrected time with Slator taking second from Cook and Hill in third.

Martin Cook (1927036)
Martin Cook (1927036)

Overall consistency paid off with Martin Cook taking overall honours from Cook junior in second with Tack third followed by Slator, Prior and Bell then Cobb in sixth. In seventh spot and first junior was Freyer Willerton who sailed brilliantly to keep in contention with the seniors.

To experience sailing for yourself why not come down on Sunday for a free taster session during the club's open day (noon to 4pm). Bring a towel and a change of clothes.

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