|TRAFALGAR TROPHY SERIES 2018|
|A total of SIX rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR rounds to count. The same model yacht must be sailed in each round.|
No doubt still smarting from the loss of his Summer Series crown, Brian Hartley got the 2018 Trafalgar Trophy series of to a flying start by winning the first race, albeit by inches, while denying Stuart Axon his first win. (Boo!) Five skippers competed over a triangular course around Buoys 7. 3 and 1 in variable winds with wins for Brian, Roger and Dave Johnston. The top three places were closely contested with Brian ending up with today's honours, Dave taking the second spot pushing Roger Monks into third despite him winning three of the races.
Round 2 of this yearís Trafalgar Trophy was held today with seven skippers struggling to find the wind around the triangular course. The start was from between Buoys 6 and 7, over to Buoy 3 then along the far side of the pond to Buoy 5 and back to 7 for a couple of laps. The finish was from 7 to 8 which proved to be a struggle for all concerned. Dave Johnston got off to a good start by winning the first race with Brian Hartley coming second. These positions were reversed in Race 2 with Roger Monks finishing third in both. Brian dominated the fleet for the remaining races by finishing in first place in all of the others and obviously easily earned the maximum points for the day. Dave came second and George Younger ended up in third place.
A drastic drop in temperature and a blustery breeze saw five skippers competing in Round 3 of this yearís Trafalgar Trophy. All five wisely chose their number 2 rigs and sailed a triangular course from the pontoon and Buoy 1, to Buoy 5. From there it was down to Buoy 7 and back to Buoy 1 for two laps with the finish from Buoy 1 back to the usual finish at Buoy 8.
Brian Hartley dominated the fleet today by winning the first five races, but had his clean sheet spoiled by Dave Johnston who won the sixth pushing Brian into 2nd place. Needless to say, Brian took the ten points for the day and has maintained his maximum score for the series up to now. George Younger grabbed 2nd place for the day after four 2nd place finishes. Dave Johnstonís win in race 6 secured the third place for the day.
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