04 Nov Weymouth Town and Island Commemorative Trophy (Part 1)
Double-barrelled day for sharp-shooting Partington & Son
Andy and Tom Partington came out all guns blazing to claim both of yesterday’s races in the International 14 Prince of Wales Week at Weymouth.
With the wind blowing strongly in the morning and predicted to pick up throughout the day, race officer Dr Frank Newton sent the fleet out early for two back-to-back races in Portland Harbour.
Up the first beat of the first race, for the Weymouth Town Trophy, series leaders Ian Pinnell and Ian Mitchell led the Partingtons narrowly around the first mark. These two teams battled it out at the front for the five-lap course, although in the latter stages the Partingtons on WSI Internet stole the lead from the Pinnell & Bax boat.
Closing strongly and threatening to take another place off Pinnell were Martin and Neale Jones, blazingly fast on the high-speed reaches. Even when the top three inches of their mast snapped off, the Jones duo continued at warp speed, although Pinnell & Bax held on for second place behind the Partingtons.
The next race was the first of two for the Island Commemorative Trophy. By this time the wind had picked up some more, gusting up to 25 knots at times. Again the Partingtons looked strong and took another handsome race win. Pinnell capsized on a gybe, with Beast – a seven-year-old boat sailed by Julian Pearson and Nick Martin – bursting through to second place. Pinnell and Mitchell made a good recovery to finish third, although this means they now lead the POW Series by just a single point from the Partingtons.
With another windy day on Portland Harbour in store, today looks set to be a high-speed showdown between Pinnell/Mitchell and the Partingtons.