THE third race in the Mylor Chandlery and Rigging series marks the half-way point in the racing season at Mylor Yacht Club, writes Chris Davis.

On Friday evening there was hardly a cloud in the sky, a wonderful sunset, almost the summer solstice, warmth, no rain, no wind and a high pressure area which depressed the evening low tide even further.

In E fleet, the day belonged to the light weather performance boats. The First Class 8 4Play, manned by John Kulpa, and the Hunter Formula One Mavis Cruet, Dave Sincock, managed to get away and built up a substantial lead.

The story was similar in U fleet. Mary Boon, John Cruise, Wizard of Clee, Tony Hardman, and Nirvana, Mike Biglin, got good starts and kept together quite well on the first round but Wizard of Clee got the windshifts wrong on the second round and allowed the two heavier boats to get away.

In the Q fleet, the Sadler 26 Souchong, Colin Sadler, built up almost a four minute lead over the Westerly Merlin Chalonnaise, Steve Pendray and Fiona Pascoe, although this was reduced slightly on handicap, with the much lighter Hunter Europa Rococo, Clive Hoyle, taking third place.

The Shrimper’s race was shortened at the gate, with Vagabond, Simon Sugrue, winning by about three minutes. Grace of St Just, John Benge, took second place.