Burlton Extends Lead on Day 3
According to the forecast, day three at the SB3 National Championships was looking dubious. With little, if any, wind forecast the fleet were sent to the race area to wait and see what materialised. Fortunately, eight to twelve knots arrived from the south. The Race Officer managed to get in three good races today; an achievement as the breeze failed during the third race.
Craig Burlton, who celebrates his fortieth birthday today, extended his lead, to a comfortable margin of eight points in the overall championship standings ahead of Mike Budd. Geoff Carveth, described his day as tricky after suffering from a right hand shift in race one and losing a start line battle with Jamie Lea and Mike Budd in race two.
Adrian Peach and his crew on Uber 3 claimed they had their “best day’s SB3 sailing ever”. With good boat speed and improving team work they finished the day as boat of the day, with a score sheet of three, one, two. Peach added “his three RYA qualified coaches are doing a fine job of getting me around the course!” IRL 3500 Ridgefence.com skippered by ex Irish Olympian Peter Kennedy appeared to be back in form today producing their best set of results of the Championships. Crew member, Paul Ellis explained how they worked the right hand side of the race course and enjoyed today’s the flat water conditions.
Team Baloo have unfortunately pulled their boat out of the water this afternoon following a disappointing event. They claim the lack of Gail Outhwaite, wife of John and mother of Carl, has affected the team’s performance. “The crew miss her and her dockside catering, and it also appears that the boat misses her too, we’ve had a disastrous time and after some breakages today, we decided enough was enough!” commented John in the bar as he enjoyed a couple of pints with his crew.
In honour of Michael Jackson’s passing, the fleet each sailed with only one glove each today. Racing continues tomorrow; will Burlton hold his nerve or will Budd manage to creep past him? I suppose it depends how much Craig enjoys his fortieth birthday celebrations this evening. Knowing him, it will be half a larger shandy and early to bed.
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