The briefing was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Patricia Playle, the wife of Phil, who had many friends in our sailing circle, especially amongst those who were visiting our club for the day’s racing
David Kerridge the OOD and Jon Alexander his assistant were greeted with the conditions we all dislike at Dovercourt – a Northerly wind and too little of it! After a brief delay the Seeding Races were completed with the expected front runners well to the fore. Indeed the pattern was quickly set with Graham Bartholomew and Colin Goodman each winning two of the first four races whilst Vicky Mills and Malcolm Harris were very closely matched in the early battle for the third spot. Racing was very close and all skippers made the A heat at some stage but only Barry Jarvis and John Richmond were able to break into the top four at the expense of Malcolm or Vicky as Colin and Graham continued to dominate the top two spots. Whilst local skipper Robin Bloyce was it seems, unable to get a break, seesawing between each heat.