It was an early 9:15 start for race 4 of the Bevington series, and with some members travelling to Greece for the club holiday we had slightly fewer people than usual: two Solos, four Lasers and an Enterprise. We had warm, sunny conditions with a light easterly wind.
Almost everyone made it to the right side of the start line for the slightly delayed start, thanks to some towing by Daniel and James in the safety boat, and the race got under way with the fleet making good progress with the tide towards the far buoy on the Barnes bank. The return leg was predictably slower but Sally eventually was first around the near buoy followed by Jamie and then Renato, looking for his first win or the series, not far behind.
The conditions looked difficult from the race box with the fleet having to contend with the stronger tide on the Barnes side, as well as staying clear of the rowers and deciding whether to hug the bank or hope for better wind further out in the stream. The fleet spread out, and the race was shortened to four laps. Renato worked his way into first place and crossed the line first with a two minute lead. Leo S at first seemed to be (just) next across the line, but he had missed taking a penalty turn and had decided to retire from the race on this occasion. This meant second place to Jamie, building on some good results so far this series, and third to Johnny.