Will Street

  • RYA National Ranker Oxford, 13-14 October

    Oxford was a good meeting with 10 entries. I had some very close racing with Iain Stowe. Winds were about 8 to 10 knots which suited me. Again I had better speed than the rest but I didn’t win, although it was close! We had four races on the first day and my results were 2, 1, 1, 1. I just needed to beat Iain in one of the two races on the final day. As there was club sailing on the Sunday we raced on one side of the reservoir and this made it really shifty. I decided to try to loosely cover Iain and got ahead on both starts. Towards the end of the first beat in the first race (race 5) I was just in front and decided to continue to the starboard layline. Iain tacked onto port which would mean he had two more tacks to do and approach on Port. Unfortunately the wind shifted left and he got a good enough lead for me not to be able to close downwind. He sailed well and I took a few risks to get some separation upwind but just dropped back. In the last race it was similar I was in front and about ¾ of the way up the first beat the wind shifted against me which meant I JUST could not clear a starboard tack boat which Iain had ducked. I tacked and then the wind shifted even more to the right (as I thought it would)! He got past again. I tried to sail him the wrong way up the next beat (as I would win if anybody else beat him) but it meant he just crossed two boats who went up the other side whereas I went behind them. Iain and I ended up equal on points after the discard and equal on count back and so it went to Iain as he beat me in the last race! I learnt a lot as this is the first time I have sailed boat on boat like this.

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