Summer Sprint Series 2011

Over the three evenings of 26th to 28th July the club held a Mini Series to coincide with youth week to give mums, dads, coaches and anyone else who wanted to, a chance to do some sailing. Two classes were run for Novices and General Handicap. The three days produced six races allowing two discards and a variety of wind conditions ranging from a good blow and many capsizes on Tuesday to drifting conditions late on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the Novice class there were five entries and they all enjoyed some competitive racing. The six races produced four different winners with Lorna Watson in a Laser Radial, Glen Halstead and  Renny Thomson, both in Lasers, all winning once but the class went to Duncan Gillanders with three wins and a third in a Pico. This was an excellent performance as these were Duncan’s first races. Second place went to Kirsty and Kevin Ross in a Feva, showing the value of consistency as they finished 2nd in all the races they took part in.
The handicap class produced a total of 17 entrants with three different winners. Despite the Race Officers best efforts to de-rail RS200 dominance the class was won by Ronnie and Tor Millar in an RS200 with three wins, second was Ian Bailey, rolling back the years by competing in a Laser, and third were Gavin and Finley Mackinnon in their RS200. There were also good showings from Alistair Higgins in his Topper who finished 6th but more importantly beat his mum, and from John Saddler in his Europe who finished 4th.
Thanks to all who took part, the OOD and his assistant and especially to all the rescue crews who, as always, made the event possible.

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