The Spinnaker eWinter Series finished today off the Portsmouth coast. Twelve sailors competed in the series. e eight today had steadier winds. In the Star, newcomer, Joe Burns (Sorry bout that) trailed everyone up the first beat lulling us all in to a false security as he then turned the motors on to storm through to first. Ivan (Wreckless Rat) came in 2nd. For the first time in the series, Steve Chapman (SCCL) was off the podium in 4th. A few wicked gusts in the laser race helped those in the right part of the course. Keith (Hai Hund III) finally put laser experience to good use to win the race from Wreckless Rat on the finish line. Steve looked to be having an off day with a 5th. Only coming out when there were spinnakers, Jae joined us for the third race in the J/70. Keith and Ivan played around on the final run, letting Joe through for another bullet and Steve (who'd clearly given himself a good talking to) brushed by to second. Racing was tight across the fleet with only a second separating Paul H from John D. In the 49ers there was now no stopping Steve. Back in the lead, he showed clean heels to Ivan in 2nd and Keith back in his usual 3rd. Matt E chased Joe down the run, but was not quite able to catch him.
Overall, the final race gave Steve his perfect score of 6 wins. Second overall was Ivan. Steve goes forward as our Spinnaker representative in the RYA Winter eSailing regional championships sometime in Mid Feb. If we know when he's racing, it is possible to follow the racing live. Info to follow.
Last updated 10:05 on 24 February 2021