CHESTER Sailing and Canoeing Club members had to face a very strong current on Sunday morning.
However, the wind picked up rapidly, allowing the sailors to overcome the strength of the stream.
On the upstream Peter Hadfield and crew Hannah, in a RS200, turned inside the Enterprise sailed by Tim and Jacky Finch and collided with the bowsprit of the RS200 to penetrate the stern of the Enterprise.
The boats were locked together for some time and shortly after Finch retired while the RS200 continued to sail.
The top of the river caused some problems for Liz Whitehead in a Topper and Mark Roberts in a Laser. The latter capsized repeatedly but recovered.
First to emerge from this part of the course was Phil Snewing and crew Roz in a Enterprise who were followed after some time by John Pryer in a Phantom. In the return beat Pryer caught up on Snewing but his lead was always greater on the down river plane.
The wind increased rapidly which caused Snewing to travel dramatically down river. The RS200 of Hadfield was also caught by the blast and capsized and took a long time to right.
Mark Neil and crew Stuart in an Enterprise also capsized but they retired. Eventually Pryer also retired leaving Snewing far in the lead with Wally and crew Frances Riley second and Hadfield and crew Hannah third.