"Bartley Boys on Tour"
It was a rather grim, wet and windy day for the Trimpley Laser Grand Prix Open on Sunday 4th Sep 17, but that didn't deter John Ling and Richard (Baker Boy) from making the short trip to the beautifully positioned reservoir next to the River Severn.
17 boats signed on which including with some of the Top travelling sailors, so considering the conditions, was a good turnout for the host club.
Race 1 started with strong gusty and was very shifty, with many of the blasts squalls hitting from completely different angles to the prevailing wind, which certainly kept everybody on their toes. Our guys (John and Richard) were on fire and both had a great start, but it was John who took a commanding lead and led the pack for the complete race even after a dodge call for him to do a 720!. Richard put all his Bartley skills to work and battled hard in the strong fleet and managed to finish 5th which taking into consideration the fleet standard was a great result.
Race 2 kicked off after a short lunch, but it looked like John and Baker boy had eaten too many of those fantastic cakes and both had terrible starts. Although Richard did recover well during the second lap, he was very unlucky on the downwind leg as he went towards the dam tower but the wind came in on the left and he was caught again, in the end Richard finished in the middle of the pack taking 7th. John pushed hard all race and gradually roped in the fleet which left him and Richard Mason to battle it out hard on the last lap, so despite being held back at the start John claimed another 1st
Race 3 John’s starts didn't get any better for the third and final race as the OOD called him over the line, where have we heard that one before..... Richard had a fantastic start crossing the fleet with Andy Allan and Paul Powell and also managed to avoid the carnage at the first windward mark, with around 15 boats coming in at all angles. The wind came in strong on the downwind leg and John managed to go wide to recover to an impressive position with Richard holding onto the top place. But on the beat the changing direction allowed for big gains and John came through to take honours for the final race with Richard taking an impressive 3rd.
Overall Richard managed 5th place which was BRILLIANT result, with John finishing a well-deserved 1st. A great day of sailing and a fantastic friendly club.