|A total of SIX rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR rounds to count. The same yacht must be sailed in each round, unless mechanical problems cannot be repaired at the lakeside.|
A triangular course was set starting from between the podium and Buoy 7 diagonally across the lake to Buoy 3 then along the far bank to Buoy 5 and returning to Buoy 7 for two laps, before finishing at Buoy 8 as usual. Buoys 4 and 6 were both included as part of the course.
Roger Monks got off to a flying start by winning the first race of the Series with Brian taking the second place and Dave Johnston in third. Paul Beardshaw won the next two races, with George Younger and Roger sharing second and third spots. Disaster struck Brian at Buoy 3 in the third race when he became entangled with Dave, and suffered sail winch failure as a result which ended his day. Dave Johnston then finished the day well by winning races 4 and 5 with Roger taking the final race.
Roger took the honours for the day with Dave narrowly beating Paul into the second spot,
with George and Stuart ahead of the luckless Brian.In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger - "I'll be back"
A warm welcome was given to three returning members today who joined our ranks for Round 2 of this yearís Summer Series.
A figure of eight course was set around Buoys 3, 1, 6 and 7 for two laps with the usual finish at Buoy 8.
Neil Thornton and Colin Aldred showed their skills by sharing the wins of all six races between them, which left them on equal points for the day. Roger Monks finished the day in third place with Dave Johnston finishing fourth.
Brian Joyce had some understandable technical problems but hopefully will soon get them sorted out and compete with the rest of the fleet.
Round three of this yearís Summer Series was held over a similar course to last week, the only difference being Buoy 2 replacing Buoy 3 as the windward mark.
Colin Aldred again showed his skills by winning the first two races and also the last two. Neil Thornton came second in the first two, but beat Colin in Races 3 and 4 with Paul Beardshaw second in Race 3 and Brian Hartley second in Race 4. Obviously Colin was awarded the maximum points this week with Neil in second place for the day and Paul third.
Nine boats competed in Round 4 of this yearís Summer Series in a blustery and uneven breeze as is the norm for Bridlington. Itís been a while since so many boats competed in a Series event and it certainly was a welcome sight.
A triangular course was set starting between the pontoon and Buoy 7 up to Buoy 3 and along the far side of the lake to Buoy 5 then returning to Buoy 7 with the usual finish at Buoy 8 after two laps.
Neil Thornton and Colin Aldred immediately resumed their battle, sharing the wins between them, with Neil gaining the upper hand today overall by winning Races 1, 3, 5 and 6. Colin , who was unfortunate to run aground in the first race, gained his revenge by winning Races 2 and 4 whilst Paul Beardshaw finished 2nd in the first two races and third in the other four.
There was some close racing throughout the fleet, and it was an enjoyable dayís sailing. Roger Monks suffered from technical problems and missed the first three races while undergoing repairs.
With two rounds still to go, the final table will no doubt alter dramatically after the discards, nothing is settled by any means.
Dave Johnston got off to a flying start and won the first race of the day, with Paul Beardshaw in second place and Brian Hartley third. Paul and Brian won the next two with Colin Aldred creeping up the order, and claiming second place in both. It is hard to believe but after looking back through the previous score sheets, this was Brianís first win of the Series! Colin finished the day with wins in Races 4 and 5 with George Younger winning the final race.
Colin and Paul ended up on equal points for the day with Colin claiming the maximum points due to his two wins. Brian took the third spot with George ending up in fourth place after a slow start before the coffee break. With one week left in the competition, Colin is the strong favourite to be the Series winner, but the fat lady isnít singing just yet.
The final round was held for the 2020 Summer Series over an unusual triangular course starting between the pontoon and Buoy 1 to Buoys 4 and 7 then returning to Buoy 1 finishing at Buoy 8 on the second lap.
Roger Monks and Colin Aldred shared the wins for the first four races with George Younger and Paul Beardshaw taking the second places between them. After a very poor start for the day, Brian Hartley regained his form and won the final two, with Paul and Roger coming second.
Despite Brianís late flourish, the honours for the day again went to Colin, with Roger being second, Paul third and George fourth.
Congratulations to this yearís champion Colin, for a convincing performance throughout the competition, and for some excellent racing. Congratulations also to Paul for the runner up position, and to Roger for attaining the third place.
Bob's Revenge, weather permitting, will take place next Tuesday 18th August.
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