Sailing Results – April 11, 2016 at Lake Fyans
Local sailors enjoyed another near perfect day at Lake Fyans on Sunday, when the penultimate round of the Pennant series was decided.
The race was won by Halls Gap based skipper Andrew Pearce, who dominated the ten-boat field by leading at every mark and extending his early lead to cross the line in a very quick 36 minutes.
A pursuing pack of four boats had a close tussle for the duration of the event, with Johno Knight calling the shots at the front of the group.
He was followed by Mal McPherson, who swapped positions with Jan Ibs von Seht several times, and Laser sailor Steve Marcroft, who did well to stay in contention after electing to use his smaller heavy weather sail.
Most sailors revelled in the steady 10 to 15 knot southerly, although Ross Bennett found himself uncharacteristically down the pecking order after a season of impressive results, and club stalwart George Grellet was disappointed with his lack of upwind pace.
After handicaps were applied, the first seven placegetters were blanketed by only 50 seconds on corrected time, Andrew Pearce helping his championship prospects by retaining first place followed by Tony Hillier and Johno Knight.
A short training race followed, won by McPherson ahead of Ibs von Seht.
Commodore Roger Spratt thanked the Nash Social Club for their generous sponsorship of the Pennant series, which will be decided when the season ends at the end of April.