SAILING: MEMBERS of the Chester Sailing and Canoeing Club started the Bob Roberts Trophy race as a pursuit, with the Toppers off first followed by the Enterprises, Wanderers, Graduate and, finally, the Laser fleet.
The wind was fierce and gusting strongly, which produced planing conditions on the down-river run until the bottom buoy, when the boats virtually stalled in the quiet conditions.
Andy Todd sailed his Laser completely flat-out and moved rapidly through the fleet to take first place, with Mike Maddocks and crew Cerys Done in an Enterprise second and Tim Finch and crew in a Graduate third.
In the second race, the top bouy was moved further upriver and into more protected and narrow conditions.
Here the strategic and thinking helms hugged the Red House side where the wind existed and hoped for enough speed to take them round the top buoy situated in a flat calm.
Once more, Todd was master of the situation and stole the lead early on. Maddocks was second and in third place was Finch sailing a Topper to very good effect.
At Gresford Sailing Club on Sunday, there was only one boat in the single-handed event. The wind was west to north-west force three, so mark five was left out as the area was flat calm.
Steve Price sailed the course, finding leg to mark four particularly difficult.
The afternoon racing was in the President's Plate series and saw five boats out. Les Tucker, Tomas Price and Steve Price all had good starts but Tomas went the wrong way around a mark and let Tucker and Gethin Morris get away.
Cook and Gray, after having technical problems, started late and were in pursuit. Good beat from Tomas took him into the lead to win from Steve Price and Arthur Daly and Tucker and Morris.
Tomas Price had a good start to the second race and sailed clear behind Tucker and Steve Price, followed closely by newcomers Richard and Andrew Belton sailing a club Mirror well in blustery conditions to stay in touch with handicap. But they made a navigational error and retired. Tomas won, followed by father Steve then Tucker.
There was a good start to the third race by all boats. Tomas again led the fleet but during the first lap, Cook and Gray retired.
The Beltons closed in the smaller Mirror to stay in touch, then Steve Price over-took Tomas to pull away but beat into dead wind, and Tomas sailed into wind which looked as if he would take the lead only for Tucker to come inside and overtake both. All boats finished within 11 seconds.
The final placing for the afternoon was a win for Tomas Price from Steve Price and Les Tucker.