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Welland Yacht Club stage the latest race in the Munson Cup series




Seven boats took to the start line on Sunday for the third race in Welland Yacht Club’s Munson Cup series.

Once underway, Andy Prior (Laser) took the early lead from Tom Bell (Laser Radial). They were closely followed by Alan Cox (Laser Radial) and then Neal Tack and Rebecca Slator (Graduate), Katie Follington (Topper), Mark Scourfield (Solo) and Alistair Mitchell (Laser Radial).

As they tacked their way up to the windward mark, Cox, Mitchell and Follington were caught by a gust and found themselves in the water following a capsize each.

Andy Prior on his way to victory.
Andy Prior on his way to victory.

Meanwhile, at the front, Prior would mistakenly round the wrong buoy - losing positions to Bell and Scourfield. However, once around the windward mark the run downwind would allow him to regain the lead.

He then tried to build enough of a time difference to avoid the others catching on handicap. On the final run back to the line the order was: Prior, Bell, Scourfield, Cox, Mitchell, Tack/Slator, Follington.

After the handicap was applied, Prior took top spot from Bell, Scourfield, Follington, Tack/Slator, Cox and Mitchell.

Following a short break, seven boats again took to the start for the second race of the day.

Gail Follington replaced daughter Katie in the Topper, but otherwise the line-up remained the same.

From the start again it was Prior from Bell, then Scourfield, Cox, Follington, Mitchell and Tack/Slator.

Preparing for the start of the first race of the day (47532986)
Preparing for the start of the first race of the day (47532986)

As the Tack/Slator combination started to bypass Follington, disaster struck when their rudder broke, forcing them to retire from the race.

On the run back from the windward mark, Cox found himself in the water and after several attempts to keep his boat upright, decided to retire.

The order on the water would remain Prior, Bell, Scourfield, Mitchell and Follington until the end of the race, with Prior hoping to stay more than a handicap distance ahead of the boats behind.

He again took first place after the handicaps were applied, with Bell, Scourfield, Mitchell and Follington behind.

You can find out more about sailing at secretary@wellandyachtclub.co.uk

All seven boats make their way upriver (47533025)
All seven boats make their way upriver (47533025)


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