Bute 6 Series – Race Report

Would you believe it? Summer-like conditions two weeks in a row for racing at Toward! Sun and a pleasant 8mph breeze saw a reduced fleet line up for the start of the final race in the Bute Series.

Having spent the previous training evening discussing how to tactically apply the rules of racing, Kriss Baird-Dean in her still-shiny new Topper showed everyone else how it should be done by getting by far the best start of the entire fleet. Saorsa, on the other hand, illustrated why starting on a port tack can be a risky manoeuvre.

Once again the boats stretched out according to handicap, and with the westerly wind dropping as the sun went down, it was a prudent decision by the Race Officer to shorten the race to one round for the slow handicap class and two rounds for the fast ones. Having recovered from their slightly fraught start, Saorsa went on to record their second win of the series just over a minute ahead of Jan Oliver’s Mayfly.

In the end this proved to be a crucial result as both boats finished the series on 14 points. This meant when the ‘most firsts’ rule was applied it was Saorsa who took the series. A third place for Dave Baird-Dean consolidated his consistent performance throughout the series giving him third place overall.

Fast Handicap
1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay
2nd Mayfly (Laser radial), J. Oliver
3rd Stacey (Comet), D. Baird-Dean
Slow Handicap
1st Purple Pixie (Topper), K. Baird-Dean


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