Round 2 of Virtual sailing at Rollesby
The second instalment of the Rollesby Broad e-Spring series was held on the 12th April in sunny Keil (Germany) with a few new helms joining the racing. Club members opted to stay with the 49er’s for the second set of five races. It did appear that the short journey had caused a a few glitches with the boats. (That’s my excuse- Keith)
The ladies got off to a good start in the first race with Tamsin Highfield and Anna Zmura leading at the windward mark. Phil however managed to slip through on the final lap to just take the win, an annoying habit he’s very good at!
Tamsin managed to reverse this in the second race by just beating Phil in what was the closest finish of the day with two seconds between second and fourth place.
After a DSQ and a DNC Dan Harvey finally got back on track in race three, beating Phil by two seconds after a race long tussle.
In race four Dave Houghton had a rare moment leading the fleet for just about the whole race only to see Phil cross the line one second ahead.
It was a family one two in race five with Phil taking another win and Tamsin just beating Antony Barnes who took his second podium position of the day.
Overall Phil Highfield continued his good form finishing in the top two in every race and now has a clear series lead.
This week’s sailing proved to be more competitive and despite the larger fleet the time difference between first and last positions was smaller than last weeks.
If you haven’t tried it yet it is relatively straightforward. It is easy and free to arrange an account, there is a ‘Training School’ to take you through the basics and a practice option to allow you to sail each of the craft. If required we could hold another practice session next Saturday if anyone would like to try before joining the racing on Sunday. If interested ping a message on the RBSC Sailors Chat WhatsApp group.
Spring e-series overall (top five)
1st 49er 836 P Highfield (8pts),
2nd 49er 666 D Harvey (19pts),
3rd 49er 748 K Sykes (20 pts),
4th 49er AntB A Barnes (29 pts),
5th 49er Tazhi T Highfield) (34 pts)
Many thanks to Dave for another great report.