Unpleasant Conditions Fail to Deter Club Members

Last Sunday 5 October the Gunfleet Sailing Club held its third race in the Autumn Series in very unpleasant conditions. With a force five gusting six southerly wind, big seas, grey skies and rain showers the Officer of the Day thought long and hard before determining it was suitable to hold the event, albeit over a small course. Under the close eye of the Club Rescue Boat the competitors got off to a flying start with John Tappenden leading the fleet on the beat to the Eastcliff buoy, and continuing to maintain this position on the reach to the Seaward mark. All the boats survived the gybe before they reached down to the AWS buoy. It was on this leg that John Heath managed to drive his Laser into first place and only strengthened this position when Tappenden capsized out at the Seaward buoy on his second gybe before the run to the Kingscliff mark. During the second lap Heath increased his lead and took victory after a hard fought race. Results: Autumn Series 3: 1. Laser – John Heath 2. Laser – John Tappenden 3. Laser – Ken Potts