SAILING: THE sailors of the Chester Sailing and Canoeing Club set off on two flights at the start of the Sunday sailing.
In the first, the Handicap fleet, Mike Crofton and crew Steve Harrison in the Lazy E dominated with Mike Maddocks and crew Cerys Done following closely.
In the Laser Fleet, Peter Hadfield and Sally Hazlewood made good starts, creating a gap between them and the following group of Lasers, sailed by Mike Kneale, Mark Roberts and Hamish Collin.
In the blustery wind, boats planed and, in the calm tree-protected area of the lower bouy, stalled. In this area of uncertainty in the second lap, Hazlewood overtook Had-field and moved into the lead. But not for long.
A determined Hadfield regained the lead and held it until the end of the race. Roberts, who had fallen back in the middle of the race, then caught Kneale to take third place.
In the second race in brilliant sunshine and a steadier wind, Roberts caused consternation at the start by capsizing and blocking Hadfield. This allowed Hazlewood to move into the lead with Kneale following closely.
After one lap, a gust caught her and she capsized spectacularly. This allowed Had-field to move into the lead with Kneale once more in competition with Roberts.
Unfortunately, Roberts lost control at the jibe point in a strong gust and was driven into the mud. The race ended with Hadfield in first position, Kneale second and Hazle-wood third.
In the Handicap fleet, John Pryer, with lightweight crew Abigail, took on the Lazy E and won, with Crofton second and Maddocks third. A moderate breeze from the south west greeted the sailors at Gresford Flash for the start of the individual handicap race.
Andrew Bond, with crew David Hopkins in a GP, were supposed to be the first boat off, but somehow they missed their start by oneand-a-half minutes.
Robin and Helen Bendon (GP) made a prompt start and in no time were in the lead - a position they held until the finish gun. On the fourth lap of the race, Sarah Haywood (Solo) was just behind the Bendon boat, but a funny little gust caught her off guard and she capsized at the number two marker buoy just in front of the clubhouse.
This let the all-girl crew of Davina Turtle and Isabel Blore (Enterprise) into second spot. Sarah eventually managed to right her boat to finish in third place.