THE first two races of the October series, the last of the main sailing season, were held last Sunday.
With the cruisers away on a final trip down the coast to Beer, and a bright sunny morning, it was a case of waiting until the wind settled. Breezes shifting between NE and SE filled in before Race Officer Joss Kent could set off the small fleet.
Smooth seas helped progress then a change of course to accommodate a more settled SE breeze gave better racing conditions. The two winners, Dave Guthrie and Tim Rook helming Jerry Rook’s Albacore, each sailed only one of the races, leaving Dave Stubbs as overall leader having gained two second places.
The RS800 did less well in light winds, Cameron Moss alternating seventh and eighth places with Fraser Earle in his Contender. But there is a long way to go in the 14 race series and stronger winds are expected during the month.
Race One; 1st Tim Rook (Albacore), 2nd Dave Stubbs (RS 200), 3rd Hilton Davis (K1). Race Two; 1st Dave Guthrie (Phantom), 2nd Dave Stubbs (RS 200), 3rd Hilton Davis (K1).