Welland Yacht Club stage the first meetings of their morning points series
Andy Prior claimed a victory double in the opening two races of Welland Yacht Club’s morning points series on Sunday.
Seven boats took to the start for the first outing and, with a moderate breeze, Prior (Laser) made the best opening and was closely followed by Clive Herd (Streaker), Alan Cox (Laser Radial), Mark Holland (Laser Radial), Gail Follington (Topper), Tom Bell (Laser Radial) and Andy Agar (OK).
As they tacked the short distance to the windward mark, Prior and Herd had soon opened up a lead over the following boats as they then began the long downwind run towards the lea mark.
With Prior still ahead of Herd, Cox, Holland, Bell and Agar, despite finding herself at the back of the fleet, Follington knew that the Topper’s handicap would still leave her in contention of a high placing.
Once around the lea mark it would be a close haul for the first section of the return leg before having to tack upwind for the remainder.
After the first lap Bell retired with a technical issue and the order on the water remained throughout the second lap until the finish.
With handicaps applied, Prior would hold onto the win from Follington in second and Herd third.
Eight boats took to the start of the second race in the series with Alistair Mitchell (Laser Radial) joining the line up.
Prior was again first away from Herd, Bell, Cox, Agar, Holland, Follington and Mitchell.
As they rounded the windward mark, Agar made a gain of two places to find himself in third as they made the long run up river to the lea mark.
On rounding the mark, Prior still led from Herd with Bell now in third followed by Agar, Cox, Holland, Mitchell and Follington.
As during the upwind section of the return leg, Holland would find himself in the water following a capsize and losing a place to Mitchell.
Out in front Prior got caught by a drop in wind and he also capsized giving Herd and Bell a chance to close the gap. However, the order would remain throughout the second lap until Agar suffered a broken boom forcing a retirement.
Prior was first across the line followed by Heard, Bell, Cox, Mitchell, Holland and Follington.
Prior again held onto the win after handicaps with Follington second and Bell just snatching third.
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