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Poole Week basks in sunshine and a steadier breeze

Lengthy spells of sunshine and a steadier breeze for the second day of adidas Poole Week.

Those who got things consistently right included Owain Hughes and Jade Bowen in their RS200.

Three wins moved them into the lead in the RS fleet, one point ahead of two more Bowens – Jade’s dad Stewart and brother Jack in another 200.

In the XODs, Willie McNeil followed up Sunday’s pair of second places with two firsts to head the leader-board with Sawdust in second.

Snapping at their heels is John Tremlett – Tremlett has sailed as a guest helm in Poole Week on several occasions but this year has brought XOD 80, Lass, along from Itchenor.

Among the highlights of the day was the port-tack flyer by Mark Lee in the Wayfarers’ single long race.

After this perfect start, things didn’t go quite so well when he missed the toe-straps with some slightly damp consequences, but he recovered to finish fourth.

Geof Gibbons found something more like his usual form and charged into an unassailable lead.

Also sailing a single race were the Shrimpers, won convincingly by David Dorrell to make it two wins in two days.

Not surprisingly, the tussle at the top of the Flying Fifteens was as intense as ever.

The second race was an eight-miler that took the fleet to the east of Brownsea Island and up South Deep.

Patrick Keats and Richard Whitworth were slightly behind the leading pack approaching the closing stages.

On the penultimate leg, however – a tight three-sail reach across the harbour – they made the decision to take any height that was offered to them early on.

They ended up flying down to the leeward mark while the front-runners were struggling to hold their spinnakers.

The resulting second place keeps them firmly in the fray, just one point behind the father-and-son team of Graham and Ben Scroggie.