Sailing: Perry's joy is short-lived

Sailing: Perry's joy is short-lived

Sailing: Perry's joy is short-lived

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TEENAGER Jamie Perry’s celebrations were cut short in Highcliffe Sailing Club’s Harbour Spring Points Series having been disqualified for twice missing a buoy.

Having set the pace in race five, Perry’s Laser 4.7 skipped the fourth marker with the oblivious field following suit.

Unsurprisingly, the opening lap was completed in record time but race officer allowed it to stand. However, with Perry rejoicing at the prospect of finishing first, he repeated his error while his fellow competitors adjusted their course, resulting in the youngster’s omission from the final reckoning.

David Burrows (Laser Radial) subsequently established a solid lead and was followed home by Josh McCormick (Laser Radial) and Kate Jardine (Laser 4.7).

Increased winds saw five boats, including the disqualified Perry, dropping out of race six as the sea sailors dominated.

McCormick secured the victory ahead of Peter Emerson (Laser Radial) and Burrows.

Mark Sharman (Laser Radial), who finished sixth in race five, kept top spot ahead of the final two races this Sunday (1.30pm start).

Ian Pike and Sally Perry (Comet Duo) are second with Jonathan Parsons (Solo) third.

  • Christchurch Sailing Club’s fleet of Scows kicked off their season with a four-day series over Easter with Graham Fairbrass just edging out Brian Crocker to take the top prize.

With some 70 boats, there will be a host of weekday, weekend and evening races alongside the popular informal pursuit-style Scow Capers race every Wednesday.

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