The third round of the Boat Bits 2011 Travellers event took place at Oxford Sailing Club over the weekend of 2/3 April.

17 Contenders shared the water with 15 RS 600's and 11 RS 300's. The forecast was for light winds, but thankfully the low was slower to move north than predicted, so Saturday gave the fleet 15 / 18 Knots, but by Sunday morning the breeze was fickle at best and bloody shifty at worst ! - it did eventually fill in, but not until after the race officer had to abandon the start of race 4 to reset the course a few times.

3 races on Saturday, back to back, each over a shortish time of 35/40 minutes each.  John Browett led race one from the start, followed by Stu (im on call today) Jones and Graham Scott – the race was notable to see Stu take a call on the run and actually give some poor chap in India advice on restarting his system.

Race 2 had a big shift on the first beat, shaking up the order. Graham Scott won from Nick Noble and John Browett.

Race 3 was the shortest of the day –  which was a shame as it was the best wind of the day.  Graham, John and Stuart finished in that order, giving overnight points scores of 5, 6 and 9 meaning it was all to go for on the Sunday.

Race 4 took 45 mins to get underway after we all launched into a drifter. A small puff of wind got the RS 600's away, but then it veered 45 degrees meaning 3 fetches !  Our race was postponed while the  race officer let the RS600's do one lap to a shortened finish so he could relay the course – by which time the wind swung back again – so much so that he used the wing mark as the new windward mark. Eventually it filled in to give a decent 10-15 knots, but still  bouncing around 15/20 degrees.  JB was the main beneficiary jumping from 3rd to 1st on the middle beat, holding the win to the end from Stu and Alan Orton.

Race 5 too had some smaller shifts -  Graham secured the win from JB and Tim Holden.

Before a discard this left John one point ahead of Graham going into the last race with Grahams worst result being a 4th while john was more secure with a third. So it was all to play for and nowhere more so than the start line – the inquest on Johns capsize on top of Graham with 10 seconds to the gun is still to open, although a coroner was not required. Graham survived to pop out of the line near the pin, pick up a good lift on starboard tack to be second behind Tim Holden, and chased by Stuart. John recovered, but was around mid fleet at the first mark making a come back on the one sided beat a difficult task – but he did get back to 4th. Tim took the gun, and the 2 points for Graham gave him the event by one point after discard.

1st Graham Scott
2nd John Browett
3rd Stuart Jones
4th Tim Holden
5th Dan Taylor

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