Bartley travellers are triumphant - Andy Bownes & John Ling
Andy Bownes sailing his Phantom and John Ling in his Laser travelled to Shustoke on Sunday 27 September to represent Bartley SC..
In the Phantom fleet Andy returned to his old club to show them a few trick and made some really good starts but unfortunately each time he managed to get away the wind did a vicious turn leaving him on the wrong side of the lake. After some slight verbal pressure from close by sailors Andy did manage to maintain top 2/3 positions and was 3rd Overall. Next Sunday 4th Oct sees Bartley hosting the Phantom open and as part of the circuit turn out could be good. We understand some top sailors are planning to join in and its rumoured that son Chris Bownes is racing his Dad!!!
John in the strong 30 Laser fleet was desperate for victory as in the overall Midlands 2015 Grand Prix it’s so close at the top with three sailors with 3 wins!!. The first race saw John coming from behind to eventually lead but on the last lead to the line he didn’t cover the pack and had to settle for 2nd. Pressure mounted as Cameron who had won was now poised and needed the top place to secure the trophy. But this was not to be, as John managed to battle hard in the second and Won the last race to take this year’s honours.
The Laser Grand Prix finals are next week and he needs a 3rd or better to take overall title!!!