SAILING: THE quiet start of the race at Chester Sailing and Canoeing Club on Sunday was transformed by the sudden arrival of a strong gusty wind.
The Lasers of Phil Proctor and Peter Hadfield took the lead immediately with Proctor pulling ahead of his rival to establish a significant lead.
This was marred towards the end of the race by a collision with another competitor who was mistakenly taking the wrong course around the upriver bouy. This reduced his lead over Hadfield but he never lost this position.
It was a clean sweep by the Lasers since Mark Roberts came in third.
Further back in the fleet, but not sufficient to lose the lead, Hamish Collin, also in a Laser in the ferocious wind tunnel around the top bouy, capsized, recovered and then nearly came to grief again as his boat entered a wild death roll.
In the calmer conditions, downriver stability was again established. The conditions were ideal for the GP sailed by Dave Harrison and crew Mike Crofton, which was almost on the plane on the downriver run.
In the second race after a good start, the GP was leading at the end of the first lap from a closely knit group of Lasers and Enterprises.
Jockeying for position around the bouy at the end of the run was fierce. The GP emerged still ahead, but in the beat upstream, Proctor took the lead followed by Hadfield. These positions were maintained for the rest of the race with the GP coming in third.
Wednesday's individual handicap series at Gresford in light winds produced close racing with Keith Baskerville managing to stay in front of Kevin Forbes and his crew, daughter Susie.
Nick Blore and John Glover won the Enterprise battle with Davina Turtle and Isabel Blore, partly due to Davina's diversion into the shrubbery overhanging the Flash.
Saturday morning's single-handed races, held in gusty, testing winds, went to form with Dave Turtle out in front followed by Nigel Bloor and Steve Price in both races, the second race especially close with the lead changing hands in the final stage.
The afternoon's summer class handicap series saw the overall results decided in the race officer's hut by calculation. Dave and Zara Turtle won two races and Keith Baskerville won one and came second in the other two.
In the summer class handicap series, Trevor Ward and Kevin Forbes crossed the line first in race one. Race two went to Arthur Daily and Steph Price, and in race three Keith Baskerville was first just in front of Zara and Dave Turtle in the only Mirror, and the only boat flying a spinnaker - a great sight to see on the Flash