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DF 65 Summer Series round 1, 24th April 2022

Steady start to the Summer series with 11 skippers out to play. The breeze dictated it was A rig although a few tried to chance their arm with A + but the gusts were to frequent and strong for that kit to survive. Great to see a fairly long term absentee Phil Harpham back , and very quickly back to his best, Keith H 669 was straight into his winning ways with three bullets on the bounce followed by a second and that left the rest of the fleet scrambling to catch up, Jen H 69 was the best of the rest and would not let go, some say like a dog with a bone ,, with some fine sailing. Roger Bowtle finally was getting the best out of his boat and held the rest at bay.

It was definitely not Mick C’s 46 day as he was going backwards after the first race where he held on too second spot, eventually his winch packed up and he lost races 4 and 5 luckily coffee break helped him out to give him more time. Mike W 76 was getting some good average scores but just needed to Master the extremely difficult conditions with shifts and gusts that had the whole fleet skipping in frustration. Phil H 44 was enjoying himself , as was Alan Bradley , Pete W 26 back again after all sorts of dramas had a problem that was insurmountable in race 6 and had to retire , and Gordon B 23 assistant OOD despite the full length course gave a good showing, Ed W is improving week on week and Alan E 890 was always going to be up against it with a B rig on. The days win went to Keith and he deserved the applause for a great showing and the win with 8 points from 9 races , pretty good achievement. Well Done .

Many thanks to the helpers, and all the skippers for making a frustrating day a happy one

Keith H powering to the win
Roger B going well
Ed W great setup
Mick C struggling
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