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3 Jul 2013

Pete and Rich nearly do it in their Scorpion at Lyme Regis

Seventeen Scorpions arrived at Lyme Regis to glorious sunshine and a light offshore breeze. After a short postponement waiting for the wind to settle the fleet took to the water. 
 
 
Race 1 saw John Mursell and Nick Keast take an early lead but on the second beat, the wind dropped to nothing. The land and the sea breeze did battle and eventually the boats out on the left hand side of the course picked up the sea breeze and got to the windward mark first as the course turned inside out. Steve Hall and Oli Wells took full advantage of this to take the win, followed by Tim Parsons and Alex Hayman doing battle with Dave Elvestrom for second and third places. 
 
 
After the race committee had relayed their course, race 2 got under way in a freshening sea breeze. John Mursell and John Clementson picked the shifts to get to the mark first followed by Barry Wolfenden and Rachael Rhodes. With the wind flicking about the second beat was all about picking the shifts. Pete Gray and Rich Pepperdine showed good speed out on the left hand side to take the lead and the youth pairing of Helena Pugh and Sam Barker pulled through to third. On the final reach the conflicting land and sea breeze again did battle which saw the rest of the fleet loosing the breeze and having to drop their kites and tack up to the leeward mark. the race officer made the sensible decision to abandon racing for the day and sent the fleet ashore to enjoy a beer or 2 in the sun and the Hog roast layed on by the sailing club. 
 
 
Race 3 on Sunday morning was started in a very light breeze and drizzle. Pete and Rich made the tactical decision to start on port at the committee boat and head out to sea in search of some wind. As the fleet split either heading for the cliffs or out to sea it was the boats on the right hand side who got the advantage. Ellie Pegg and Adam Parry took the lead followed by John Clementson and Mel Titmus. Pete and Rich gybed out early and managed to close Ellie down. The race officer shortened the course after only one lap which left Ellie and Beat in a close tacking duel to the finish. Ellie Got the Victory, With Pete second and John and Mel holding onto Third. Racing was again abandoned for the day and the fleet paddled their way home. 
 
 
Overall consistency was the name of the game with Tim Parsons and Alex Hayman taking the overall victory, Pete Gray and Rich Pepperdine taking second after a 13th in race 1 and Ellie Pegg and Adam Parry coming third. 
 
 
Thank you to Lyme Regis Sailing Club for an enjoyable weekend, despite the difficult conditions. 
 
 
Overall Results: 
 
 
1st Tim Parsons and Alex Hayman
2nd Pete Gray and Rich Pepperdine
3rd Ellie Pegg and Adam Parry
4th John Mursell and Nick Keast
5th Steve Hall and Oli Wells 
 
RACH sailed with Barry Wolfenden but could only manage 7th due to very fluky and frustrating conditions.