Burton defies strong winds to win season’s final regatta

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The six boats taking part in the final regatta of the season at Welland Yacht Club had to contend with strong winds and rain.

In the first race of the day, Paul Burton was perfectly positioned to hit the start line at speed to move into the lead, with Mark Holland in second, closely followed by Ros Nickols. As the boats headed downwind, Gerri Van Haren powered his way through from the back up to second place.

Rain then added to the already challenging conditions and the upwind leg proved too much for Holland, who, after three capsizes in short succession, retired from the race.

At the completion of the first lap, Paul Burton still led the field as the handicaps applied. Van Haren was second on the water, but Nickols keept close enough to gain the place under handicap.

Lucy Burton retired from the race, leaving just four boats on the final lap. Paul Burton maintained his lead to win, ahead of Nickols, second, and Van Haren, third.

Due to the conditions, it was decided only one more race would be run.

The wind eased slightly for race two, with Paul Burton again leading from the start, ahead of Van Haren.

Van Haren then collided with a marker buoy and retired, once more leaving four boats to finish the race. And again it was Paul Burton who took the honours, with the pairing of Neal Tack and Rebecca Slator second.

Overall winner of the regatta was Paul Burton. Nickols came second overall, Tack and Slator third and Van Haren fourth.

With the regattas now completed for the season, the final series of the year starts on Sunday with one race per week, November 13 to December 26, starting at 11.30am.