Andy Prior takes overall victory in Welland Yacht Club’s second regatta of the season
Andy Prior took the plaudits with overall victory in Welland Yacht Club’s second regatta of the season on Sunday.
He pipped runner-up Rosalyn Nickols and third-placed Paul Burton to success in the Flag Officers Cup competition.
Keeping with the pursuit race format for the start of the season, seven boats took part with four different start times.
The northerly wind provided a rare down river start again with a 60-minute duration and first away at nine minutes 50 were the Europes of Rosalyn Nickols and Brian Cobb.
They were followed by the OK of Andy Agar and the Wayfarer of Alan Cox and grandson Buddy Hunt a minute 40 later.
The Lasers of Andy Prior and Clive Herd finally the Supernova of Paul Burton a minute after them.
However, due to a mix-up with their start time, the Lasers actually got away last.
With only a short beat to the windward mark, the order remained as they began the long run down the course.
Once around the lea mark the faster boats of Prior, Herd and Burton had started to make up some ground.
As the fleet came back onto the clubhouse straight towards the end of the first lap, Nickols had the lead from Cobb second with Prior having moved up into third from Burton fourth, Herd fifth, Agar sixth and Cox and Hunt seventh.
Once around the windward mark for the second time, Prior and Burton had moved up to second and third respectively and closing in on leader Nickols with Cobb fourth but with Herd now fifth from Agar sixth and Cox and Hunt still at the rear as they made their second run down to the lea mark.
With the lead boats approaching the windward mark for the third time, Prior had the lead from Burton with Nickols third.
Nickols then got the best of a gust and all three boats were near level on rounding the mark, but the larger sails of Prior and Burton allowed them to pull away on the third run back down the course.
This also allowed Herd to move up to fourth and, as the 60 minutes ended with the boats having just rounded the lea mark, Herd was within a boats length of third position.
Race one results: 1 Andy Prior, 2 Paul Burton, 3 Rosalyn Nickols, 4 Clive Herd, 5 Andy Agar, 6 Brian Cobb, 7 Alan Cox and Buddy Hunt.
Following a short break, the course was set longer as the wind had picked up from the previous race. There was again a down river start but this time with no confusion and all boats got away on their allotted times.
The stronger breeze this time allowed Nickols and Cobb to pull out a decent lead on the first run down to bottom of the course (buoy five).
As they completed their first lap, Nickols still had the lead from Prior in second and Burton third.
During the second run down the course Cobb decided to retire having slipped down to fifth.
The positions would remain constant for the remainder of the race with the lead boats having rounded the bottom mark for a second time as the 60 minutes came to an end.
Race two results: 1 Rosalyn Nickols, 2 Andy Prior, 3 Paul Burton, 4 Clive Herd, 5 Andy Agar, 6 Alan Cox and Buddy Hunt. Brian Cobb did not finish.
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