Steve Goacher continued his winning form to take the fourth day's racing at the Flying 15 nationals
The fourth day’s racing at the Flying 15 national championship in Torquay, sponsored by Puffa and Craftinsure.com, was marred by very little wind. After a postponement until after lunch a 7-knot breeze filled in and racing finally got underway.
Once again Steve Goacher 3721 was first to the windward mark followed by Mike Kilbee/Tony Cox 3625, Brian McKee 3792, Colin Fletcher 3429 and Alan Bax 3786. On the run Goacher extended his lead but the positions immediately behind did not change until the next beat.The wind freshened slightly and backed more south easterly. At the windward mark Alan Bax had come through to fourth place. On the final reach Alan Bax passed Mike Kilbee and moved well ahead into third. On the beat to the finish AlanBax and Brian McKee were in a close battle for second place with Bax just getting through. Kilbee held on for fourth place. Steve Goacher and Phil Evans posted another emphatic victory their fifth of the week.
The leading Silver boat was Bill Butcher 2797 in a creditable 8th position.
In the Classics overall leader David Hill 671 once again established a big lead by the first mark although the other four boats were in close contention with each other. By the last reach David had overtaken two of the Open Fleet. George Rock Evans then sailed into second place with a real battle on the reach between Llangorse club mates Mike Jones 2645 and David Flint 2587
Results (day four, Wednesday)
1. Steve Goacher & Phil Evans 3721
2. Alan Bax & Andy Weatherspoon 3786
3. Brian McKee & Ian Smyth 3792
1. Bill Butcher & Martin Scobie 2797
1. David Hill & Maf Smith 671
2. George Rock Evans & Martine McPherson 2562