SAILING: Topper takes top spot for Alan Cox in round three of Welland Yacht Club's Frostbite Series
The third round of Welland Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series brought success for Alan Cox.
Seven boats set out in fairly windy conditions as the sailors made their way around the course.
Paul Burton, at the helm of his Solo, took an early lead from the Scorpion steered by Andy Prior and crewman Tom Bell, followed by the Topper of Alan Cox.
Behind them were the Lasers of Alan Chapman and Alistair Mitchell, a Merlin Rocket helmed by Ivan Hirst and the Phantom of Geri van Haren.
As the race progressed, the Prior and Bell partnership soon took the lead as van Haren made his way through the fleet.
Despite the testing conditions, the race only saw one retirement in the shape of the Laser steered by Alan Chapman.
In the race to cross the line first, Prior and Bell were ahead of van Haren, Burton, Mitchell, Cox and Hirst.
But once handicaps were applied, the win went to Alan Cox, with Paul Burton second and Andy Prior/Tom Bell third.
Cox joined Ros Nickols and Andy Prior as winners in the Frostbite Series so far.
The series itself is decided over six or seven races, with each sailor’s best four results counting, over two laps of a 2.9km course.
Races are decided on a handicap system which allows all boats to compete on a level playing field.