Icon holds off rivals in lone Friday race

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Six boats came out on Friday evening for what was to be the only race of the weekend as gales swept the bay on Saturday and Sunday morning.

A fresh westerly wind saw the boats jostling for starts at opposite ends of the line.

Just Lady Hamilton and Samaki opted for the more risky port tack start at the shore end of the line, but the gamble paid off as they crossed in front of a charging Icon and were in good positions for the beat against the tide towards Sandsend.

Icon soon established her customary position at the head of the fleet and Samaki, Masquerade, Skywalker, Teemane and Lady Hamilton fought closely to see who would be the leading boats at Sandsend.

Icon rounded the mark first and quickly set her spinnaker and just as quickly took it down as she suffered some difficulties.

Samaki held second place, but was closely accompanied by Teemane.

Another pair, Skywalker and Masquerade commenced their private struggles at this point while Lady Hamilton had clear sea and was well positioned taking handicap in to account.

Icon held the lead at the end of the first lap whilst Teemane and Samaki swapped positions frequently and Masquerade held off Skywalker.

These tussles continued through the second and final lap with Icon establishing a sufficient lead to compensate for Skywalkers beneficial handicap and Samaki was the victor by 10 seconds over her close rival, Teemane.

Result: 1st Icon, Neil & Lorraine Williamson, 2nd Skywalker, Peter Brown, 3rd Samaki, Nigel Robinson.