Toubi is the leader but not the winner as the sailors from Hastings enter the race


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Richard & Sue Morley (Buzz), leaders of the General Handicap Fleet and Sovereign Handicap series / Photo by Janey Nash
Richard & Sue Morley (Buzz), leaders of the General Handicap Fleet and Sovereign Handicap series / Photo by Janey Nash

Fifteen boats launched for the first race Sunday of the late summer series at the Hastings & St Leonards Sailing Club.

While some sailors would have liked stronger winds, force three southerly, tacking and descending during the race, provided conditions that anyone who wanted to compete could handle.

After the first two races of the series, Saïd Toubi leads the Laser fleet. Although he didn’t win any of the races, his two second places showed consistent navigation in each race and put him two points ahead of Roy Sandford, fifth and first, and Melanie Clark, first and fifth.

Toubi showed skills accomplished in lighter conditions and put them to good use.

In the general handicap fleet, the competition is led by Richard and Sue Morley (Buzz), who beat Philip and Margaret (Tasar) in second place in each race.

Matt Wiseman and Lily Share (Dart 16) lead the catamaran fleet ahead of the father and son team, Brian and Max Cholerton.

The last race of the day was the first of the Sovereign Handicap which takes place throughout the season.

The Morleys also lead this competition. Although the Blurtons were second at the finish line, on handicap, Roy Sandford (Laser) took second place by 18 seconds in the 40-minute race, pushing the Blurtons to third place.

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