Phil comes from behind to seal the series win

Series winner Phil Robinson.
Series winner Phil Robinson.
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Welland Yacht Club members competed in the final two races of the commodore’s points series on Sunday afternoon.

Going into the final stages, Gail Follington (laser radial) was in top spot, closely followed by Phil Robinson (laser) and - still with an outside chance - Paul Burton (phantom).

Gail Follington.

Gail Follington.

Race one, with a total of seven boats (including six different classes) took to the water, where it was imperative for the three in contention for the title to capitalise on points available.

This saw them break away early and try to build up enough of a lead over each other so their positions held once boat handicaps had been applied.

Paul and Phil managed the gap to keep their positions on the water with first and second respectively.

However, Gail didn’t quite have the time advantage, slipping to fourth behind Lucy Burton.

This became third once the handicaps were applied.

With the wind having picked up, race two again saw the three title contenders pull away to maximise their comparative times.

With three of the midfield boats capsizing, the conditions started to favour the more experienced.

Paul Burton finished first, with Phil Robinson second, Gail Follington third and Paul Wilson in fourth.

With the best four results out of the series of six counting, things were close after a double check of results.

But the overall series went to Phil, ahead of Gail by half a point.

Paul Burton twas third overall, two points further back.

There was no morning race on Sunday as the club held one of their Go-Sailing sessions.

There Will Cook, one of the senior instrcutors, gave welcome advice and tuition on members sailing techniques.