May 6th Salisbury Series
Bank holiday Sunday’s brilliant sunshine and mini heatwave gave the Llandudno sailors the first real opportunity of this season to discard the restrictive layers of winter clothing normally needed for sailing until mid summer.
This freedom in movement and decrease in weight certainly favoured the faster boats and lighter crews as the Mediterranean conditions were only accompanied by a very gentle breeze throughout the morning. The start for each of the two races within the continuing Salisbury Series would be critical as any opportunities for making up a poor start would be restricted with a shorten beat due to these bland conditions.
The start for race one was therefore someone chaotic with too many boats in too little water. Paul Moreton lost out on the line to a smart manoeuvre by Mark Jackson which ultimately left Paul struggling to make up ground on Kevin Parkin in his Supernova. Kevin held off Paul to win the first race with Peter Fisk quietly and efficiently slipping through for third in his Solution.
Paul was never going to get caught out again at the start of the second race and made sure that his experience of sailing in the bay, reading the incoming tide most effectively, brought him home first. Kevin maintained his good form with Peter securing third again and with it his overall lead in the Salisbury Series so far.
Kevin retained second place in the Series overall with the veteran Rob Davies in his revitalised Laser Radial currently holding third position.