Day two at the Easterns brought slightly lighter winds, although by race 6 the winds had piped up to about 20 knots – enough to cause some to capsize.
Racing all day was very close, sometimes too close. (I always thought sailing was supposed to be a non-contact sport). ...read more
Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093) and Len Jones and Jamie Lea (11067) exchanged wins in races 4 and 5, but it looked like the 8th place suffered in one of the races on Saturday was going to hurt the Jones/Lea combination.
On to race 6 and capsizes aplenty in the gusty force 4-5 and ebb tide. One of the teams inspecting the bottom of the boat inevitably was Jones/Lea who pushed just too hard at the last windward mark. This was the curtain falling on their title challenge and an order for yet another Windex has been placed (bulk order).
Through the carnage, Andrew and Tom sailed serenely on and won their fourth race of the weekend to seal the title of Eastern Champions.
Overall positions (top three) as follows:
1st Andrew and Tom Wilson (11093)
2nd Len Jones and Jamie Lea (11067)
3rd Bill and Lisa Whitney (10688).
Full report and photos to follow on Y&Y soon (including details of the hysterical quiz night).
– Tim Townsend