Prior takes Ralph Gibson Trophy
Warm weather and a strong breeze on Sunday created the perfect sailing day for competitors in Welland Yacht Club’s Ralph Gibson Trophy.
Six boats started the first race with Paul Burton being penalised when hisSupernova pushed over the line at the start.
This allowed Andy Prior in his Laser to get the best start, slightly ahead of Tom Bell in another Laser.
Burton made up time, followed by Lucy Burton in a Laser Radial and then Gerry van Haren in a Phantom. Eventually, Bell passed Prior, after which the latter suffered a momentary capsize, allowing Burton to pass too.
The three boats remained close all the way down the course. On the downwind leg Burton pulled out a good lead and Prior managed to overtake Bell.
Once boat handicaps were applied, Prior took first with Bell second, Burton third, daughter Lucy fourth and van Haren.
Van Haren wasn’t able to compete in the second race and was replaced by Ros Nickols in her Europe.
At the start of race two, a number of boats were in good positions but a sudden wind shift changed that and it was Prior who was able to tack onto port and get clear. He opened up a good lead to finish two minutes ahead of Bellin second, with Burton third, followed by Nickols.
Once handicaps were
applied, Prior took victory from Bell then Nickols then Paul Burton followed by Lucy Burton.
Prior was first overall, Bell second, Burton third, Lucy Burton , Nichols fifth and Van Haren in sixth.