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Round-up of the action from Welland Yacht Club

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Welland Yacht Club concluded their Pursuit Series on Sunday in the first two races of the day along with round five in the afternoon points.

The wind conditions were not favourable throughout the day, with light winds and variable in strength and direction which tested the patience and the ability of the sailors.

The fifth race of the Pursuit series saw a format which gives boats of different classes individual timed starts over a 50 minute duration, and their positions at that time determines the finishing order.

Action from the pursuit race at Welland Yacht Club on Sunday
Action from the pursuit race at Welland Yacht Club on Sunday

First away was Gail Follington in her comet, who was in with a chance of a series win, followed four minutes later by the Laser Radial of Alan Cox and Richard Steadman.

They were then followed by Mark Scourfield in the Solo, Clive Herd crewed by Natalia Zin-Safianowicz in the Graduate and Mark Holland and Richard Holland in the full rig Lasers.

The course was a reach away from the clubhouse towards number four buoy, which gave the sailors a taste of all points of sailing over the duration of the course.

Series winner Gail Follington
Series winner Gail Follington

Follington stretched out a lead that was not going to be threatened, while Scourfield had passed the Laser Radials and was chased down by the larger Laser rig of Mark Holland - which was the order at the turning buoy number one.

Holland then passed Scourfield on the second lap, which was the finishing order at the end of the race with Cox in fourth place after a close race with Herd in the graduate.

The same format was followed for race six in the Pursuit series but with a course change due to the wind becoming more variable.

Mark Scourfield who won the third race on Sunday
Mark Scourfield who won the third race on Sunday

Follington again showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the fleet and was never threatened.

The remainder of the fleet experienced numerous place changes in the challenging wind conditions with Scourfield, Herd, Mark Holland and Stedman all at one stage holding second position.

At the end of the race time, it was Follington who had won from Scourfield - who had a close race with Herd who, was third.

Follington won the series from Prior by the smallest of margins of one point.

Six boats took to the water in race five of the afternoon series, with a usual all-boats start.

A reach start meant timing the line was important and there was close competition for the right line.

Sailors round a mark
Sailors round a mark

It was Scourfield in the Solo who timed his start right and he led away from others.

The course had again changed as the wind seemed to drop further and become more variable as the boats experienced different points of sailing on the same leg.

The chasing pack of Herd, Cox, Stedman and Holland all changed places at one time or another, which made for some gains and losses very quickly.

At the end of the race it was Herd who had drawn away in the final 100 yards from Cox and Scourfield, Stedman and Holland.

With Herd retiring from the race as a result of an earlier infringement, it left the winner of the race to Scourfield followed by Stedman in the Laser Radial, who beat Cox by only one second on the corrected time on handicaps.

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