12 June 2014
|| Murray Hadden
|| Dave Smith
|| Rodger Smith
|| Dennis Burgin
orfar Sailing Club's only race of the week was the usual Thursday evening pursuit format where the slowest boat starts first and the fastest boat starts last so that in theory, all the boats sail the same distance in 50 minutes. The Club welcomed some visitors to the race and Adam Smith in a Topper was first away in the light westerly air. He was followed by Dave Smith in his Firefly, then Jim Green in his Solo, Rodger Smith in his brother’s Enterprise, Murray Hadden in his Laser and Dennis Burgin in the Solution.
Adam’s lack of experience and sailing a boat with a significant amount of water, from an earlier venture on the water without a bung, meant that he struggled to make any headway and the fleet passed him before the first mark. Adam eventually retired leaving the Enterprise and Solution to fight over last place as the Enterprise was faster up wind and the Solution faster down wind.
Meanwhile, further up the fleet Jim had passed the Firefly and was developing a commanding lead. Murray also passed the Firefly and as the wind increased in the second half of the race he was closing on Jim but all too soon the 50 minutes had elapsed.