SUMMER SERIES   2018

 

A total of  SIX  rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR rounds to count.   The same yacht must be sailed in each round, unless mechanical problems cannot be repaired at the lakeside.  
 

ROUND ONE

Round 1 of the 2018 Summer Series got under way with six skippers competing on a bright and breezy day which was initially cooler than the previous weeks of glorious sunshine. A triangular course was set, starting from between the podium and Buoy 1, diagonally across the lake to Buoy 5, down to Buoy 7 and back to Buoy 1 finishing from there to Buoy 8 after two laps.

Defending Champion Brian got off to a flying start by winning the first race of the new series, but Roger Monks then won races 2,3,4 and 6 giving him a comfortable win for the Round. George Younger won race 1 and managed to achieve second place for the day ahead of Dave Johnston in third. It was a good sailing day with a few close finishes. Congratulations go to Stuart this week in celebrating his first ever receipt of a familiar "Starboard!" call showing that at least he was in the mix. Keep going Stuart – you’ll soon get hailed as often as the rest of us!

The day was fairly uneventful mainly to Phil’s absence, but there was an unfortunate and costly incident when Dave lost the control of his rudder during subsequent fun races, and got tangled up with a harbour stake which ripped through his jib sail and destroyed it.

ROUND TWO

Round 2 of this year’s Summer Series was raced over a triangular course from between Buoys 6 and 7 to Buoy 1, up to Buoy 3 and diagonally across the lake, back to Buoy 7, finishing after two laps between 7 and 8.

There was some close racing which saw Brian take the 1st and 5th races, Dave the 2nd and 3rd and Roger the 4th and 6th. The end result was that Roger took the honours for the day, with Dave second and Brian third on equal points. Roger is making an early claim on this year’s title already, but I’m sure others will be trying even harder next week to halt his run of victories

ROUND THREE

Round 3 of the 2018 Summer Series saw a rare but welcome eight skippers competing at the lake, on a really hot morning with hardly any breeze at all. So bad was the wind that all races had to be restricted to one lap, and over a short course around buoys 1, 6 and 7.

Brian won the first race with Dave second pushing would be champ Roger into third. Phil by fair means or foul (only joking Phil) took the second race and Brian again took the third with Roger struggling to match them. The coffee break must have invigorated him though because he won races 4 and 5, and came third in the last race giving him the overall honours for the day, and strengthening his lead in the competition. Arch rival Brian was second with Dave a strong third.

Can Roger grab the title next week? Watch this space!

ROUND FOUR

Round 4 of the 2018 Summer Series was held with seven skippers over a course starting from between Buoys 5 and 6, diagonally across the lake to Buoy 1 and then to Buoy 7 for two laps ending from Buoy 7 to the usual finish at Buoy 8.

Roger Monks, hoping to confirm his victory in the series, got off to a bad start, and struggled throughout the day to show his recent form. Brian Hartley took the first race, and races 4 and 6. Phil Parsons won the second race and his high placings in the others gave him the 10 points for the day, with Brian having to settle for the 9. Dave was third for the day but Roger was pushed back into sixth place giving him only 5 points for the day.

With two more rounds to go, it is far from being over, and the final table could look completely different.

ROUND FIVE

Round 5 of the 2018 Summer Series took place with six skippers attempting to sail in very light winds. Because the wind appeared to be blowing on only the South end of the lake. An unusual figure of eight course was set from the podium and Buoy 1, diagonally to Buoy 4, down to Buoy eight, diagonally to Buoy 3 and back to Buoy 1. After two painful laps the finish was from Buoy 1 to the usual finish at Buoy 8. Roger’s absence gave Brian Hartley and Phil Parsons the opportunity to close the gap with him and Brian took full advantage of this by winning five of the races, Phil winning the other. Phil was a comfortable 2nd on the day and Dave Johnston 3rd.

Today’s 10 points put Brian back at the top of the leader-board but the discards for the best four rounds still give Roger an advantage. It all depends on the final round when the first three places will be contested between Brian, Roger, Dave and Phil. Can Brian retain the Trophy and continue his winning run? Be there next week!

ROUND SIX

The final round of the 2018 Summer Series was completed today with all the places up for grabs. Brian Hartley, eager to defend his title, got off to a great start by winning the first race of the day. Roger Monks – getting to grips with his new sails struggled and came in fourth. The second race commenced after a long technical delay by Roger, but he was rewarded by achieving first place whilst leaving Brian behind in fourth. Phil Parsons, one of the other contenders for the first three places, won the third just ahead of Brian, with Roger again struggling at the back of the fleet. At the coffee break it was still all to play for with no outright champion apparent.

The second half of the day got under way but Stuart had retired with a damaged jib boom. Roger took the first place in the fourth and fifth races, with Brian in third and second respectively. Phil must have felt the pressure and fell to the back of the pack which sadly saw him fall out of the top three. Brian finished the series with a win in Race 6 narrowly pushing Roger into second.

Congratulations to new champion Roger Monks, who ended the day on equal points with Brian but took the title with a maximum 40 points after the discards. Congratulations and commiserations to Brian for ending up as the runner-up which must be a new experience for him. Well done to Dave Johnston too who just beat Phil to the third place in the Series.

Summer Series 2018
 
Rounds in Series 6      
No. Best Scores 4      
              BEST 4 TOTAL POINTS
  POINTS IN ROUND
SKIPPER 1 2 3 4 5 6
Roger Monks 10 10 10 5   10 40
Brian Hartley 7 8 9 9 10 9 37
Dave Johnston 8 9 8 8 8 5 33
Phil Parsons     5 10 9 8 32
George Younger 9 6 4 6 6 7 28
Paul Beardshaw 6 7 6 7 7 6 27
Stuart Axon 5 5 3 4 5 4 19
Simon Booth     7       7
               

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