Bad Weather affects Ely Sailors

ELY SAILING CLUB BAD weather and a lack of available competitors led to the postponement of the Bank Holiday event, but the previous meeting was an Eastern Area Laser Open. Eight Ely sailors and five visitors were faced by high winds, and Alex Tory – offi

ELY SAILING CLUB

BAD weather and a lack of available competitors led to the postponement of the Bank Holiday event, but the previous meeting was an Eastern Area Laser Open.

Eight Ely sailors and five visitors were faced by high winds, and Alex Tory - officer for the day - had the task of setting the courses to test a highly competitive fleet.

Gaining a good start and a clear wind proved vital, and Alan Bishop (Fishers Green Sailing Club) just managed to reach the first mark in front after choosing what turned out to be the correct side in the final 100 metres of the first leg in the opening race.


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He then sailed clear whilst his rivals changed places on each leg of the course.

James Cully (Norfolk Broads Yacht Club) followed Bishop over the line, with Martin Evans (Dabchicks Sailing Club) in third spot.

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The second race was closer, with Cully managing to lead Bishop for the whole of the first lap.

The Fishers Green sailor overhauled Cully however, and Evans made steady progress into second before Andy Wilcox just beat Cully around the final buoy to snatch third.

Cully again made a quick getaway in race three, but Evans was ahead by the end of lap two and held on comfortably to win.

Cully held on for second and Jarvis Simpson claimed third spot.

Overall result:

1st: Bishop (2 pts); 2nd: Evans (3 pts); 3rd: Cully (4 pts).

First Ely laser: 4th: Wilcox (7 pts).

First Lady helm: 6th: Hannah Christan (10 pts)

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