Payne - the class act
A glorious day in Torquay today - blue skies and a nice 12-15 knot breeze built late morning for day two of the UK Moth Nationals, being hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Race 3 got away with a few a little too eager, including Si Payne who had to go back. He recovered well though, to follow Mikis Psarafaghis round the first leeward gate. By the end of race 3 the World Champ was leading, followed by Mike Lennon and Mikis P in third.
Race 4 saw the wind playing games with a few dead patches, but this presented no problems to Mr Consistant Payne who came home first again, followed by Mike Lennon, Ricky Tagg and Jason Russell.
Race 5 and the breeze was up, a 20 degree wind shift just before the start gun made for an entertaining start with a bit of a pile up and quite a few pushed out. Clear air seemed to help the most with those out to each side doing well. At the second windward Arnaud Psarofaghis had pulled out a good lead, followed by Payne, Paul Hayden, Mike Lennon, Mike Cooke (back with a replacement mast after yesterday's breakage) and Alex Adams. Next lap round and Arnaud P had extended his lead, with Payne still second and Mike Lennon third. With the breeze up the race officer sent them round for a fourth lap, and at the finish line Arnaud P squeaked ahead of Payne with Mike Lennon third. Behind them there was a bit of position changing going on, but by the finish Richard Lovering was able to claim fourth with Paul Hayden fifth, Jason Russell sixth, Alex Adams seventh and Ricky Tagg eighth - he'll be kicking himself for dropping the mainsheet in the gybe on the last run letting Alex and Jason past.
Back ashore and everyone is looking a little tired, a few selected quotes: "Where's the masseur's?!", "I think it's past my bed time!". Those that aren't still bimbling have made it to the bar for happy hour for a well deserved drink.