Dell Quay play host to competitive racing

Action from the Late Trophy series
Action from the Late Trophy series

DELL QUAY Sailing Club hosted the Late Trophy Series last weekend.

All competitors were welcomed with warm sunshine and a steady force three to four 
south-easterly wind provided ideal conditions for the first two races.

A good turnout of boats provided some competitive racing in the solo fleet, which kept together for much of the course with some fast reaches as the wind picked up.

A tricky beat from Bowling to Copperas East favoured those boats which made best use of the tide on their approach.

Bill Dawber and Malcolm Buchanan dominated both races, taking first and second place in each race.

David Maltby took third place in race one with Nikki Buchanan coming third in the second race.

Current series placings are Bill Dawber first, Malcolm Buchanan second and David Maltby third.

The Handicap fleet attracted a wide range of boats including the Laser 2000 
of David Ellis and his crew, 
as there were insufficient 
2000 entries for a separate class race.

Both races were led on the water by the faster boats, with the RS400 of Rob Corfield and Chris Campbell in first place followed by the Finn of Andrew Buchanan and the Fireball of Mike Dicker in third position.

Current series placings are: Tom Bettle is in pole position, Beckie Manning occupies second spot, while, Andrew Buchanan is in third spot.

The third and fourth 
races in the series will take place on August 16, with a 12.30pm start.