Sailing - Under the weather

PUBLISHED: 11:49 06 October 2006 | UPDATED: 12:02 04 May 2010

WITH sudden squalls, which resulted in capsizing, and with lightning all around, many sailors decided discretion was the better part of valour and retired from some of the races at Roswell Pits on Sunday. Nine helms started Race 5 of the Autumn Handicap s

WITH sudden squalls, which resulted in capsizing, and with lightning all around, many sailors decided discretion was the better part of valour and retired from some of the races at Roswell Pits on Sunday.

Nine helms started Race 5 of the Autumn Handicap series but only four finished. Gerald Copsey, crewed by his younger son Nicholas in a National 12, won with two minutes to spare from Gary Ungless in a Solo. John Cant was third in a Laser Radial and Graham Tory fourth in a Solo.

The Enterprise fleet was the only one to finish in a class race when Greg Williams, crewed by his elder son Jordan, won from Phil Hardy crewed by Nichola Tooke.

In the sixth Autumn Handicap race the fleet was depleted to five starters. Gerald Copsey took a lap to overtake Niall Pearcey in his Solo but then went on to win by 20 seconds from Gary Ungless, also in a Solo. Pearcey finished in third place.

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