Warm Up Series – Dart 18s

The series concluded with three races on Sunday 17 Mar with a fantastic turnout of fourteen Dart 18s (including David Wood, the cream of the Red Wharf Bay sailors), five Dart 16s and a Laser. With the next meeting being the Dart Open at Easter the cobwebs needed blowing away. Tony Dod chose the familiar waters of the Dee to shake down his new boat (featuring asymmetric toestraps!) prior to the Open. Matt Pollock, one of DSC’s youth stars, raced his 18 for the first time and spanked several far more experienced sailors despite sailing single-handed. He should do well this season when he gets Amy, his regular crew, back from her winter masterclass with Will.

Race 4 – Dave Wood flew up the first beat to lead at the first mark from Pete Spedding and Simon Moruzzi with Will Thompson well down the fleet. In the tightest of fights, Dave and Pete pulled clear of the fleet. Will fought through, passing Paul and Simon to bag 3rd on the last lap. Dave just missed out on the win after leading for much of the race. Meanwhile Mark C, Mark E and Ian were battling for 6th 7th and 8th places.

Race 5 – Paul Roberts cracked in from port to lead round the first mark from Pete and Charlie Hazelwood with Dave close behind. Will made up ground and a close fight between Dave, Pete and Will developed. At the finish a few yards separated Pete, Dave and Will in a repeat of the first race result. Further back Mark C and Simon traded places with Mark C finally getting the upper hand over the line.

Race 6 – Simon Moruzzi powered away from the start but at the first mark it was Pete leading from Charlie, Will and Paul. Will flew downwind narrowly avoiding taking the lead round the leeward mark. A good beat saw Pete stretch away leaving Will and Paul to settle for second and third.

Well Done Pete Spedding and Iain Blair who won the Dart 18 series with four wins and two second places.

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