24 Oct Perfect Sailing Conditions for the Hayling Hull
After weeks of rain and storms Saturday dawned bright and sunny for the Hayling Hull. With about 10 – 12Kts from the South West the fleet headed into the bay for 3 races in near perfect conditions. The first race was closely contended with much place changing, Mike Lennon and Dan Johnson showed great speed as they would through the entire weekend. The second round saw Lennon take the lead closely followed by Andy Fitzgerald and Harvey Hillary with Martin Jones and Dicken McLean in a close third. The trapezoid course causing some confusion saw Lennon and Fitzgerald heading for the wrong windward mark, by the time they realised Jones had seized the opportunity and took the lead through to the finish. The breeze held steady for the next two races with Mike Lennon winning the second with Fitzgerald 2nd and Jones 3rd. Lennon went on to win the third race from Julian Pearson and Nick Martin in second and Fitzgerald in third. Andy and Tom Partington spent much of the day in close contention with the leaders but intermittent spinnaker problems cost them considerable ground.
The morning of day two started warm and sunny but with no wind. Sailing looked bleak from the beech but our local race officer Bev Moss knew better and sent the fleet out into the bay. The first race started in shifty 5-7 Kts from the South West which produced beats reminiscent of a game of snakes and ladders the lead (and most of the other positions) changing frequently. Ian Pinnell finally took the lead for the third time that race when Lennon and Partington took a wrong turn and headed straight for the finish a lap early, the next time round Pinnell, convinced there was yet another lap to complete rounded the leeward mark and headed up the beat, opening up the opportunity for Jones to head straight for the winners gun. The breeze built steadily through the rest of the day producing Champagne sailing conditions for the last two races. Both races saw some incredibly close racing with boats reaching across crossing the finish line overlapped and lots of nip & tuck place changing.
Final honours for the event went to Mike Lennon & Dan Johnson who showed superb speed to overcome questionable navigation in their new boat, with Martin Jones & Zeb Elliott in second, Andy & Tom Partington in third and Matt & Geoff Larkin in fourth.