Eight skippers arrived at Abington Park in Northampton for the fifth race in the Midland Footy Series despite todays weather forecast, which was far more gloomy than it actually turned out to be with most of the rain having passed us by the time we went into the first race. The wind was variable from extremely light through to strong gusts after some early experimentation most skippers opted for an A rig the gusts just being a little too strong to sustain the Justin rig.
Inspired by the recent Extreme 40 event in St Petersburg course setter Peter Shepherd went for a starboard reaching start, which meant you needed to hit the line running to get a good one, whether you went for the near mark which had the advantage of being closer to the first mark or nearer the middle where you were on the windward side and so took the breeze first was a tough decision.
If you could get out from under the rest of the fleet on the near mark then it paid dividends, otherwise the middle seemed to give a more consistent position into the first mark which was rounded to port, once again another short leg to a downwind gate, where if space permitted the starboard mark was the one to opt for, however gains could be made by going the other way provided you could make the upwind mark without the extra tack.
Twice around this short upwind downwind part of the course with a final pass through the downwind gate to a final leg for a finish, more than one skipper got mugged on the final leg which sometimes proved to be the trickiest one on the whole course.
And so finally we come to who did what, Peter Shepherd (65) was sailing his Fat Boy SliM for the first time in the competition it was meant for, he must be rueing not building it 4 months ago as he might now stand some sort of chance in the Dead Tree Trophy, anyway it went very well and he finished first another year older and it would seem slightly wiser.
David Wilkinson (46) sailing Iambus 2 was pleasantly surprised to find he had come second looking at the mixed bag on his scorecard you can see why he was surprised, Paul Risdale (53) wICE put in another solid performance for third to keep his lead in the Dead Tree Trophy.
Peter Jackson (30) Red Box came fourth unfortunately his improved results in the afternoon weren't enough to get him a top three finish.
|Midland Footy League||Abington Park MYC|
|5th July 2014||Race||Discards||Final|
Fat Boy Slim
|4||Peter Jackson||Red Box||30||6||6||7||6||5||2||4||1||7||2||5||1||7||2||3||3||67||7||7||7||46|
|5||Mike Ewart||1299 Mod||36||2||4||2||9||6||7||2||3||3||7||6||7||2||4||7||6||77||9||7||7||54|
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