THE wind gods could have been a little more awake but with five boats on the start line for the second of Whitby’s frostbite sailing series and no rain, there were no complaints.
Three new Enterprise dinghies joined the fray - Neil Williamson and Nigel Jarvis , Graham Collinson (who had not sailed a dinghy for 35 years - “oh for youth!”) with Julie Harrison (press-ganged off the slipway 10 minutes before the start to crew) and Graham Johnson and Pete Jones (in an Enterprise that had been assembled earlier that morning.)
Lap one saw William and Val Uppington take a slim 21 second lead over Andy Monaghan with Williamson / Jarvis in third.
Lap two saw the Uppingtons extended their lead with the fleet keeping their positions.
With the breeze dropping on lap three, the Johnson/Jones duo resorted to tactics to overtake the Williamson/Jarvis duo, however the race officer spotted this and a disqualification (DSQ) was put in place – fully and cheerfully supported by the boat in question.
Some boat issues left Collinson/Harrison unable to finish this race, but no problems that won’t be fixed for next time.
1 William & Val Uppington, Enterprise; 2 Andy Monaghan, Laser; 3 Neil Williamson / Nigel Jarvis, Enterprise, DNF Graham Collinson / Julie Harrison,
Enterprise; DSQ Graham Johnson / Pete Jones, Enterprise.
Thanks to race officer Pete Brown and Andy Johnson and James Black for manning the safety boat.
The next race is on Sunday 25 November
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