Short Report by Roger Stollery based on a report by RO Peter Kirby
Sunday 28th July dawned with a cloudless sky, comfortable temperature and best of all, a variable south-westerly breeze for the duration of the first Interclub GAMES event that RSW had organized.
The wind allowed a 200 metre windward/leeward course to be set along the centre of the lake.
Eight Marbleheads sailed 17 races in one fleet in a 3-10 mph breeze with gusts of 15 mph. There was close company in the beats to the windward and spreader marks, followed by runs accelerating into occasional exciting planing speeds to the leeward gate.
The racing die was cast from Race 1 onwards in that Colin Goodman (Grunge) in the majority of cases took the lead from the windward mark , thereafter to rocket down wind with others, notably Dave Andrews (Grunge),Roger Stollery (Up) and Martin Crysell (Prime Number) in hot pursuit, but were seldom able to depose Colin from taking the spoils.
In the wind shifts, local knowledge of the peculiarities of the lake was put to the test by ‘home representatives’ Roger Pearce (Prime Number), Simon Jeffs (Prime Number), Peter Dunne (Starkers), and Peter Chance (Starkers), but to no avail as Colin Goodman claimed a well deserved top place on the podium with 11 wins and this result now puts him at the top of the leaderboard of the GAMES series.
At the prize giving in the Radio Sailing Woking club room, Race Officer Peter Kirby was pleased with the competitors well disciplined conduct, which resulted in no protests and all incidents resolved on the water, as he had requested. The competitors thanked him and the three-man race team for running this event and taking on this GAMES interclub event.
1stColin Goodman Chelmsford GRUNGE 17
2ndDave Andrews MYSA GRUNGE 32
3rdRoger Stollery Guildford UP 36
4thMartin Crysell Guildford PRIME NUMBER 47
5thRoger Pearce Woking PRIME NUMBER 63
6thPeter Chance Woking STARKERS 87
7thPeter Dunne Woking STARKERS 92
8thSimon Jeffs Woking PRIME NUMBER 114