The penultimate race in the Bute Series began in a pleasant Force 3 westerly which, as is always the way, gradually dropped throughout the evening. Once again Saorsa took the lead closely followed by John Orr’s Contender, although by the second mark these two boats had swapped places. This was how it remained throughout the race with both boats continuing to extend their lead over the rest of the fleet. Back in the pack the Comet, Cutlass and Laser Radial passed and re-passed each other until the dropping wind gave the advantage to the lighter dinghies. Unfortunately, at the end of the second round, the Laser passed the ‘S’ mark on the wrong side and was subsequently DQ’d by the eagle eyed race officer. Meanwhile Dave Baird-Dean in the Comet made the most of the lightening conditions to squeeze Gimcrack out of the third place slot by a mere eight seconds on corrected time. The only boat in the slow handicap class was Kriss in her shiny new purple Topper with its shiny new purple and white sail. Despite being some way behind the rest of the fleet she seemed quite happy to be able to give her new boat an outing and was rewarded with a first in her class.
RESULTS Bute 5
|1st||Dr Feelgood (Contender), J. Orr|
|2nd||Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay|
|3rd||Stacey (Comet), D. Baird-Dean|
|1st||Purple Pixie (Topper), K. Baird-Dean|