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Race 5 – report by Matt Aston

The 3rd day of racing out in Filey bay produced some champagne sailing verging on suicidal.

The wind had started to crank up to a tasty 18-20kts offshore breeze as the fleet racked up for the start .The PRO had set a slightly less biased pin end that on the previous days but the usual faces appeared looming large tussling for the pin.

Aston, Mussell, Holden and Davies lead much of the fleet out to the left hand side and by the windward mark what seemed like normal service had returned. Mussell led Holden followed by Jones.

Two broader reaches than in the earlier races made for a less hairy ride until approaching the leeward mark at which point the wind was at it strongest. This lead to some fairly amateur-rish roundings with many opting for safety first.

The next beat defined the race as the leaders split. Jones and Browett heading for the right-hand side and Mussell, Holden and others heading left.

Jones and browett closed the gap on the leading pair, culminating in Mussell attempting to dip Jones transom on port at what looked like a bearaway at  ‘warp speed’!. This resulted in the inevitable capsize and full inversion for good measure.

The leading trio of Jones, Browett and Holden then tussled for the remainder of the race finishing in the order. Mussell however had not finished his capsizing for the day, pipping Aston to the last windward despite laying in flat tacking into the mark. But he still wasn’t done. As they both surfed down towards the last gybe mark a squall of monumental strength seized both boats sending them hairing to the mark, however Musselll was out of control and buckled under the unwilding pressure from Aston going in for his second inversion of the day. This pretty much handed 4th to Aston but Mussell still had time for one ore capsize immediately after the gybe which resulted in a broken spreader. He managed to limp home for 5th just ahead of a steady Neil Ferguson.

Race 6 was postponed until the following day as the wind had reached 25kts gusting 30kts, and building. The PRO took the sensible option to send everyone in.

Overall after 3 days:

1st Stuart Jones 7pts

2nd John Browett 10pts

3rd Nick Grace 24pts

4th Ben Holden 25pts

5th Stuart Hudson 30pts

6th Nick Eggett 30pts

7th Nick Noble 31pts

8th Neil Ferguson 32pts

9th Ed Presely 33pts

10th Matt Aston 39pts

11th Simon Mussell 43pts

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