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Round-up of Sunday's race action from Welland Yacht Club

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There were a few familiar boats missing for the second regatta race of the year at Welland Yacht Club.

However, six boats still came to the start for race one of the Tulip Trophy despite none of the usual Laser boats being among them.

Wind direction was in a more normal quarter, giving a tack away from the clubhouse up river to number four buoy.

The action gets underway at Welland Yacht Club on Sunday.
The action gets underway at Welland Yacht Club on Sunday.

A number of boats experienced some gear issues before the start, which resulted in them having to put into the bank to rectify.

The start was competitive, with boats vying for a good opening to get away in clear air.

And it was Mark Scourfield in one of the four Solos on the water who managed to break away from Clive Herd in the refurbished Graduate dinghy, who was a close second.

The fleet quickly spread out, and Herd in the Graduate found himself in trouble and on the second straight had to call it a day and retire from the race to make some adjustments to the rig.

The sail along the mile buoy straight was not what the crews were expecting with the wind becoming fickle in strength and, with it coming over some high trees, it played havoc with direction as well.

This tested the resolve and patience at times, with Nick Bonsor taking an unexpected dip at the gybe mark.

Helen Boyd and Paul Wilson, both in Solos, were followed by Eric Murray in the smaller Mirror10 chasing Scourfield.

With the wind starting to drop the race officer decided to shorten course to one lap only, which was not met with any complaints - and results after handicaps applied had first Scourfield, second Murray and Boyd third.

There was a change of course for race two, which kept the tacking down to a minimum.

Mark Scourfield
Mark Scourfield

Nick Bonsor sat out this race but Martin Cook in another Solo had now joined at the start, which again was quite a contested affair.

It was once again Scourfield and Herd who led the boats away from the clubhouse, followed by Cook and Boyd.

The two lead boats managed to stretch out and were involved in a close tussle for the lead on the water, with this changing a number of times during the race. Martin Cook had also managed to secure a place on his own and in third place.

With the crews having to race in the frustrating wind at times, it was a test of patience as much as sailing technique.

After just under an hour it was Scourfield in the Solo who took line honours from Herd in the Graduate.

After handicaps were applied it was Martin Cook in the Solo who took a well earned third place.

Clive Herd came home in second place
Clive Herd came home in second place

The final outing was staged over the same course, and it was Herd who made the best start and managed to clear the fleet with Scourfield chasing - and again these two pulled away from Cook and Boyd in the Solos.

Conditions were no better once the boats were on the straight and it was a case of as you were in place-changing, with Herd leading around the top turning mark.

With the wind dropping, Eric Murray called it a day in the Mirror and Cook and Boyd persevered and kept the lead two boats just in sight.

Herd and Scourfield were never more than 50 yards apart all the way round, and in the final run to the clubhouse gybe mark it was Scourfield who had right of way at the mark on Herd’s inside.

Rounding the mark, however, Herd managed to capitalise on a mistake and sneaked through to take line honours by 13 seconds.

However, handicap meant the Scourfield was close enough to claim first place - with Herd and Natalie in second, with Martin Cook in third and Helen Boyd in fourth.

The overall result saw Scourfield first with three wins and three points, while Boyd was second with 11 points and Clive Herd third with 12.

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