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It was a very picturesque sight up in Beer Bay for last Monday’s evening lugger race, writes John Mortimore.
The sun was shining and the sea was flat calm. There was only one essential thing missing and that was the wind.
Eight luggers left the beach in a very light southerly breeze. There were to be two races back to back.
As the luggers crossed the start line Percy Mitchell gradually crept away from the pack.
Coming up to the windward mark first was the Percy Mitchell followed by the Mary and sailing for the first time this season was the Sea Witch in third place.
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Completing the first round of the race the Percy Mitchell was still well ahead of the others. The rest of the fleet became spread out across the bay.
As the wind was decreasing all the time the officers of the day decided to shorten the course of the race and abandon the second one.
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Coming up to the finishing mark the Percy Mitchell still held the lead and crossed the line well ahead of the rest. Mary was second and the Puffin came though to take third position.
Result of the race: 1, Percy Mitchell (A Green); 2, Mary (D Boalch); 3, Puffin (R Driver); 4, Sea Witch (C Clapp); 5, Scrumpy (G Lockyer); 6, Catherine (T Tolman); 7, Twilight (P Bagwell); 8, Little Wind. Result by handicap: 1, Puffin.