THE FINAL race day of the SAMM Autumn Series 2017 attracted a good turnout of competitors and nine boats came to the start of the first race; five single handers and four with crews of two or more. Due to a timing error by the race officials the boats had to be recalled and re-started, the first time this has happened in many years.
Unfortunately the SW four to five knot early wind gradually faded to virtually nothing and the uneventful race, so uneventful that it looked as if one competitor had fallen asleep, had to be shortened to just two laps, which some boats took nearly two hours to complete.
By the time the 10 boats started the second race at 2.30pm the wind had gone to the forecast Easterly at five knots with some gusts a little stronger.
As in previous weeks the lead was being contested by the dinghies led by Julian in the Topaz, Tug in a Laser 2000, John in his Quba, Norman in the Laser Radial and Di &Tom in a Gamba, with the bigger boats and the diminutive Sea Hopper bringing up the rear.
The results after handicaps were: 1st place – Julian, Topaz Duo, 2nd place – Tug, Laser 2000, and in 3rd place – John, Quba.
That’s five straight first’s for Julian, five seconds for Tug and 4 thirds for John in the last five races; a brilliant achievement by all of them.
The SAMM Spring 2018 Series is scheduled to begin in March.