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October 24, 2021

First Consistency Race Season 2021/22

After a week of strong winds and rain, glorious weather greeted the twenty yachts for the first consistency race of the new season on Sunday morning; the only problem being very little wind to make the boats move.
This problem was partially solved with a course reduction which mid-race was further shortened to enable the race to be completed within the time limit and for crews to re-hydrate at the nearest facility: the wet bar.
First to quench their thirst was the crew of Whispering Jack (Bruce Bradford) in division one with a bottle of wine for first across the line at the start and pennants for first and fastest. Perle came from behind on the last leg for second place with Ian Holder on Bad Habits third.
In a duel likely to be repeated many times this season in division two, current Club Champion Covert Operation (Bart Brouwer and Graham Atkinson) had their hands full with never-say- die Des and Gail Riley on Farrouk chasing them around the course and eventually getting past them metres from the finish line. On handicap they lowered their colours to Tim Tucker on Show Me who was first, Farrouk second and Blue Chip (Keith and Deborah Fisk) third.
With little wind to push the nine boat fleet of division three across the start-line a couple still managed to start early and were recalled adding to the confusion for everyone else. Although Tony Brooke has only raced his new boat Mimosa a few times he proved that his experience with Tropical Itch over many years was invaluable and was fastest by ten minutes and first on handicap albeit by only eighteen seconds ahead of Laraine Brindle on Stelfred. Darren Marshall was third with his aptly named trailer-sailor Real Thing.
These photos by Rob James, thanks.

John Bird

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