Racing in the Dart 16s on Sunday 17/3/02 was exciting stuff. With brisk conditions and the second and final day of the Warm Up Series at stake competitors were keyed up. Steve and Beryl Roberts took an early lead, hotly pursued by Tom Johnson begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting and James Miller with Tony Marston and Richard Peck hot on their heels. After the first mark Tony and Richard demonstrated superior speed downwind to take a decisive lead which they held to finish. Tom and James, pointing higher than anyone else passed Steve and Beryl to take second place.
Another tightly contested start in race two saw Tony and Richard pulling through to round first and hold the lead throughout the race. That all changed in the final race with Tom and James finding that extra something on the final beat into the finish. Higher on the wind and holding the same speed they crossed tacks with Tony and Richard. Tony failed to make sufficient allowance for the ebb which was running strongly. They were forced to tack under the Committee boat letting Tom and James, still pointing higher and screaming into the finish, to cross ahead to take the gun.
Steve and Beryl who weren’t pointing too well, had to put up with third places. Simon Stannard and Rob Clarke and Mike Hilton and crew were not far off the pace though were giving a generous margin to the first three boats on the start. Well done to Richard Peck (12) who had his first taste of trapezing in brisk conditions…(and loved it…of course).