SAILING: WHAT a difference from last week's bitterly cold and gusty conditions at Gresford Flash.
Sunday's weather was mild with almost no wind at all and race officer Rodney Evans set a short course using the marker buoys that seemed to be in what little wind there was.
Race one saw the boats struggle at the start line for the 11am off, and it was Nick Blore, in a Solo-class boat, who eventually got going first and soon managed to build up a nice lead on the rest of the fleet.
Frank Page, with Mike Harvey in their Enterprise, made a slow start, but the Enterprise seemed to do better in the light airs once it got going and was soon chasing Blore.
Trevor Ward and crew Kevin Forbes got themselves stuck on the start line and never really posed a threat to the leading group of boats.
Les Tucker with crew Gethin Morris made a reasonable start but got stuck for a while close to the number one marker buoy, and dropped down the fleet.
The race officer decided to finish the race after 28 minutes due to the very calm conditions as the distance between the first and last boats was big and time was needed for the back markers to finish. The final result had Blore first from Page and Ward.
The wind picked up during the second race, so it was decided to run it a little longer than race one. Forbes made a good start and led throughout to take top spot.
Blore had to fight hard to take second place at the finish gun and was closely followed by Tucker in third. In this race, Page was stuck on the start line and never recovered.