Tough day in the office but Hill extends lead at Laser SB20 Nationals
Racing was back on track on day three of the Laser SB3 National Championships, although when competitors arrived at Largs Sailing Club they were greeted again by the postponement flag. Luckily the breeze began to fill in soon after and the race committee made the wise decision to race the 37 boat fleet in the channel just off Largs Sailing Club, which made for some exciting and close racing.
Keen to make up for lost races, the race committee were not taking any prisoners and started all races under the black flag rule which saw some top competitors sent back to the dock early.
As a show of how close the racing was, all four races were won by different boats; ‘Team VW Touareg’ (Jono Shelley) were quick off the line to take the first race; overall leaders ‘3 Sad Old Blokes’ (Jerry Hill) lead the second race from start to finish to rack up their fourth race win of the series; Mark Rushall convincingly won race three; and the final race went to delighted winners ‘Taku’ (A Lightbrown) who put in by far their best performance of the championship and port tacked the fleet off the start to take the race win from Team Maclaren (Christina Summerhayes).
After eight races, Jerry Hill and his team of not so sad or old blokes – Joe Llewellyn and Sam Minns – continue to lead the fleet by a thirteen point margin going into the final day of the championships. Second and third are closely contested with Team VW Touareg in second place and just one point in front of ‘Baloo’ (Martin Boatman).
“It was a tough day in the office and racing in the channel made for a tricky race course. You had to pick a side and depending on where the breeze was at the end of the leg determined who came out best.”
“With such a tricky day, we just had to try and keep an eye on our closest competitors – Team VW Touareg (Jono Shelley) and Mark Rushall – and we managed to extend on both of them, which I am really pleased about.”
“We can’t be complacent though as there is still all to play for if the race committee manage to get the final four races in, although the forecast is looking pretty light so we will just have to see.”
The Laser SB3 National Championships concludes tomorrow, 7 June.
Results (top 5)
1, 3 Sad Old Blokes (J Hill/J Llewellyn/S Minns) 20 pts (4,1,1,1,8,1,(12),4)
2, Team VW Touareg (J Shelley/J Modral/C Blackburn) 33 pts (11,5,3,4,1,4,5,(23))
3, Baloo (M Boatman/I Turnball/J Outhwaite) 34 pts (3,6,(11),5,2,3,7,8)
4, M Rushall/J Baxter/L Rushall/C Savage 37 pts (1,4,2,9,(23),13,1,7)
5, Doolali (C Simonds/E Simonds/G Simonds) 42 pts (2,7,9,(22),4,10,4,6)
Full results can be found at http://www.largssc.co.uk/Results2008/Results_files/sb3/f15classd4os.html