THE SAMM Spring Series race program finished in early July but, as there is no monthly meeting in August, the results were not announced until the meeting on September 13.
Due to reasons beyond control only 7 races were completed, not 16 as planned. It was decided by the Race Committee that just one result would be dropped to determine the final places.
In third place was Mick Burgess in his Sea Hopper ‘Rosita’ the smallest and prettiest boat in the fleet, with 37 points. Second was the Sailfish 18 ‘Sirocco’, with 34 points. Sirocco had been sailed by different crews during the season so the trophy was accepted by Julian Perring. First was John Down in his RS Quba ‘Lola’, with 31.75 points.
A lack of wind on the second race day held on Sunday meant that the first race on the second race day had to be delayed until 12.15pm
With more members back in Spain after their summer away, eight boats containing 12 crew got away with the help of a gentle four knot breeze.
The single hander’s of Tug Wilson and Julian Singleton were soon battling for the lead as they drew away from the rest of the fleet and they completed the first three laps only a few seconds apart, but Tug opened the lead slightly on the last lap to cross the line 14 seconds ahead.
Seven boats started the second race in winds that had increased to 12 to 15 knots. Unfortunately ‘Mistral’ had its’ forestay snap at the first mark and was forced to retire.
Tug again crossed the line first followed 50 seconds later by the next three boats which finished just one second apart.
Final results after applying the handicaps were:
Race 1 -Topaz Duo – Julian Singleton; Laser 2000 -Tug Wilson; RS Quba -John Down.
Race 2 – RS Quba – John Down; Gamba -Di Hardwick/Vernon O’Byrne; Sailfish 18 -Robert Hudson/Steve Rocks.
The next race day is October 1 – Pursuit Racing – and then every Sunday in October.
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