Bell is Welland Yacht Club victor
Sunday saw the final two races of the Commodore’s Points, with Tom Bell coming first and second to take the series.
With a reasonable breeze and strong gusts, eight boats started race 5 in the series.
Still keeping with the pursuit format, first away was Gail Follington in a Topper, followed by the Graduate of Neal Tack and Rebecca Slator eight minutes, 40 seconds later.
Next away 50 seconds further on were the Laser Radials of Mark Holland, Alan Cox and Alistair Mitchell, 20 seconds later the Europes of Ros Nickols and Brian Cobb and finally one minute, 50 seconds later the full Laser rig of Tom Bell left the start.
Again, a long course was set for the 60 minute race. As the fleet tacked their way along the upwind leg, the order remained although Bell had started to make gains on the boats ahead.
Follington was first around the top mark (buoy 5), followed by Tack and Slator, Holland, Cox, Nickols, Cobb, Bell then Mitchell.
The downwind run allowed Bell to take a few more places and by the time he’d rounded the lea mark (buoy 1) he had move up to third.
Meanwhile, the remainder of the fleet were bunching up as they made their run down to buoy 1.Once around, Nickols and Cobb had moved up to fourth and fifth respectively with Cox sixth, Holland seventhandMitchell eighth.
Bell had made it to the front on rounding the next top mark (buoy 4) with about 10 minutes to go.The last part of the course was back down to 1 then up to 2 and back to 1, time permitting.
Race 5 results: 1Tom Bell,2 Gail Follington, 3 Neal Tack and Rebecca Slator.
After a short break, the final race of the series got under way, with one boat dropping out and the course reduced to suit the wind direction.
Seven boats got away in the same order as before. By now the wind had picked up slightly with Follington first around the top mark (4), followed by Tack and Slator, then Holland, Nickols, Cox, Bell and Mitchell.
Again, on the initial run back to buoy 1, Bell would work his way up to second but soon find himself wind shielded by the boats behind slowing him back up and allowing the rest to draw in closer.
On approaching buoy 1, Holland found himself back in third with right of way over Bell ahead of him.Unfortunately, he clipped the buoy and thepenalty turns saw him slip back to sixth. In the closing minutes Bell tried his hardest to catch Follington but he ran out of time.
Race 6 results: 1 Gail Follington, 2 Tom Bell,3Alan Cox.
With the series now complete and competitors’ best four results to count overall results were:1 Tom Bell,2 Gail Follington, 3Alan Cox.