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Mark Scourfield secured a victory double in Welland Yacht Club’s racing action on Sunday.

Scourfield won the first and final race of the three outings, with Gail Follington taking the honours in the middle event.

With a forecast of 10 knots of wind and lots of sunshine, five boats took to the water for the first race in the Points series.

Welland Yacht Club (58135720)
Welland Yacht Club (58135720)

However, it was not plain sailing for most of the boats as the weed growth in the river outside the club made it very difficult to get into clear water.

In the start sequence, Andy Agar in his OK and Gail Follington in the Comet became entangled in this weed and failed to make the start line for the starting gun.

Richard Stedman, in the Laser Radial, had negotiated the weed - but had failed to put his life jacket on until pointed out and had to return to the bank to comply with the club rules.

Welland Yacht Club (58135721)
Welland Yacht Club (58135721)

So it was Scourfield in the Solo who was away on his own, crossing the shortened start line because of the weed.

The course set was to buoy three twice and, with a tack nearly all the way, it was hot and at times frustrating sailing as the wind came and went - changing direction many times.

The course was shortened to two laps, and on the second lap three of the boats rounded buoy three on the incorrect side - and after all their efforts had to retire from the race.

Welland Yacht Club (58135722)
Welland Yacht Club (58135722)

This left Scourfield – who had held onto his lead on handicap – in first place and Alan Cox in the Laser Radial rig in second .

The second race in the series got under way, and lessons learned from the first outing saw boats make an early start to get to the line in time.

At the start the wind had made it a reach for a time, and it was Agar and Follington who were away in first and second place.

Welland Yacht Club (58135723)
Welland Yacht Club (58135723)

With Agar using his luffing rights, he made Follington tack away to avoid a rule infringement - and that allowed the Solo of Scourfield through into second place.

An attacking contest between these two continued to the turning mark, and it was Scourfield who managed to steal through to round first just in front followed by Agar, Follington and Cox.

With the wind direction and strength constantly changing, Cox and Follington were able to take advantage of this and closed the gap on the other two boats - who were having their own battle.

Welland Yacht Club (58135724)
Welland Yacht Club (58135724)
Welland Yacht Club (58135725)
Welland Yacht Club (58135725)
Welland Yacht Club (58135726)
Welland Yacht Club (58135726)

It was Agar crossing the line first followed by Scourfield - but they were not far enough in front of Gail Follington in the Comet, who had held on to take first place by one minute from Scourfield in second on corrected time, with Cox in third.

The third race was the first in the Commodores Points series, and again the wind was variable in strength and direction - and it was a reach away from the clubhouse and course change.

Scourfield was away first, followed by Cox and Follington and Agar, and this was the pattern for the remainder of the race.

Scourfield was able to extend his lead throughout the race and crossed the line four minutes ahead of Cox, who was followed by Agar and then Follington .

After handicaps were applied it was Scourfield first, Follington secnd and Cox third - with the OK of Agar in fourth place.



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