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SAILING: Burton crowned series champion

Overall winner Lucy Burton
Overall winner Lucy Burton

With a reasonably strong breeze and bright sunshine, Sunday saw the final two races in Welland Yacht Club's personal handicap pursuit series.

In theory even with one of the title contenders not available to take part, overall victory was still to race for.

The race durations were set to 50 minutes with 10 boats taking part.

Junior Christopher Seaborne set off with the other boats starting at their allotted times, leaving Paul Burton last nearly 17 minutes after.

By halfway down the second leg, places had already been exchanged throughout the fleet with Lucy Burton in the lead.

Seaborne struggled to keep upright in the stronger gusts but persevered to the end.

He wasn't alone in the capsize stakes with Tom Bell and novice crew Cameron White taking to the water a few times themselves.

With Burton jnr coming under pressure from some of the faster boasts behind, with about 10 minutes to go Prior passed her for the overall lead with Ros Nickols in second spot.

Result: 1 Prior, 2 Nickols, 3 L Burton, 4 Martin Cook.

This left Lucy Burton and Prior tied on points so it would come down to who finished above who for overall victory.

The wind had picked up a little for the start of the second race, giving the slower boats a boost.

Again Burton jnr took the lead by about the halfway point with Prior gaining through the fleet along with a few of the other boats.

With the 50 minutes soon coming to the end, Burton jnr was closely followed by Nickols then Prior.

Just 20 seconds until the end, Prior managed to take second from Nickols but Burton held onto the win - giving her overall victory in the series. Third went to Neal Tack and crew Rebecca Slator.

Main challenger Andy Prior
Main challenger Andy Prior

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