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Mark Scourfield is triumphant in latest races at Welland Yacht Club

Mark Scourfield scooped a victory treble at Welland Yacht Club’s races on Sunday.

With perennial winner Andy Prior not racing, Scourfield took full advantage to triumph in the opening Pursuit series outing before winning both rounds of the Munson Cup competition.

Nine boats had taken to the water with the pursuit opener seeing various boat class handicaps applied at the start to give each class their own start time.

Mark Scourfield was the winner of all three of Sunday’s races.
Mark Scourfield was the winner of all three of Sunday’s races.

With the slowest boats away first and the fastest last, the theory is that at the end of the race every boat should be roughly in the same place on the course.

With the race set for 60 minutes duration, no Toppers were present so first away was the Comet of Gail Follington at six minutes 50 seconds.

She was then followed by the Graduate of Neal Tack and Rebecca Slator one minutes 50 seconds later before the three Laser Radials of Katie Follington, Alan Cox and Richard Stedman set off 50 seconds after that.

Scourfield’s Solo was next off 20 seconds later and then 40 seconds after that the Streaker of Clive Herd got their race underway.

The OK of Andy Agar followed a minute later before finally the Phantom of Gerri van Haren which was exactly nine minutes after the Comet.

The final positions after the end of the race was: 1 Mark Scourfield, 2 Alan Cox, 3 Clive Herd, 4 Katie Follington, 5 Gail Follington, 6 Neal Tack & Rebecca Slator, 7 Geri van Haren, 8 Andy Agar, 9 Richard Stedman.

Race action from Sunday at Welland Yacht Club.
Race action from Sunday at Welland Yacht Club.

The next two races were outings five and six in the Munson Cup series.

With nine boats starting race five, Gerri van Haren was first across the finishing line followed by Scourfield, Herd, Cox, Agar, Katie Follington, Tack and Slator, Gail Follington and Stedman.

However, once the handicaps were applied the top three had a different look with Scourfield first from Cox and Herd.

Only three boats remained for race six and first across the finish line was Scourfield followed by Herd and then the Tack and Slator combination with the positions remaining unchanged once the handicaps were applied.

Anyone wanting to find out more about sailing should contact the club via email secretary@wellandyachtclub.co.uk

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