Small Yacht Series 2017

SYS Series 2017

Round 3 - 23rd April 2017

Apex lived up to its reputation of variable wispy winds for this round. The course was moved before racing started as the wind changed before sailing commenced. Eventually a rectangular course was set left of the slipway.
Thirteen skippers began the round in very light winds. The first race took the best part of twenty minutes to complete with some very difficult tacks to round the marks in the whisper of breeze.
Fortunately, the wind strengthened a little for the next three races and although still painful at times the boats were at least moving, albeit slowly on some parts of the course!
Initially, the main contenders in the RTR class were Alan Barnstable and Mike Lewis, but after the coffee break and a change in course (once again), Russell Chilcott had a string of good races, leaving Mike to continue to battle it out for the lead with Alan falling off the pace, having some bad luck and poor finishes.

In the MC class, it was between Chris Lewis and myself, with only a point or two in it after four races. However, after coffee, Chris had a consistent run of first places (don’t mention the sails, opps I mentioned them), and easily pulled away from the field. Rod Butler improved and took second spot after I had some very poor starts and some missed buoys in the middle races.
Some firsts to mention, Keith Petrie won his first race in SYS. Jan & Tony Lewis competed in their first series meet, with Jan getting a first place with handicap and therefore losing it after only one round!
After ten races, Russ and Mike were tied on 11 points, with Russ taking the win on count-back in the RTR class and Chris easily taking the win in the MC class.

There’s a break now in the series as May sees the return of the SYFRC club meet at Apex on Sunday 14th May and then another new one-off event for the section the Pursuit Race on Sunday 28th May, (more details to follow).

Kevin SYS Sec.

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above - Alan Barnstable (left) collecting the 2016 series RTR class trophy from the SYS Sec. Kevin Roberts

below - Chris Lewis (right) with the 2016 series MC/Kit trophy

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