THIS year’s autumn race series at Castle Cove Sailing Club was badly affected by adverse weather conditions.

So much so that four of the 12-race series had to be cancelled.

However, the remaining eight races were fiercely contested.

The series ended with Jon Jenkins and Ian Hunter narrowly winning the Asymmetric Class in an RS200.

Ben Richardson, in a Laser Radial, even more narrowly, won the Class 9 competition from Rob Smith in a Contender; both sailors finished with the same overall points.

In these cases the winner is determined using Rule A8 of World Sailing’s Racing Rules of Sailing which gave Richardson as the winner based on relative finishing positions in the last race of the series. It could hardly have been closer.

In the race series as a whole, a total of 18 boats took part in Class 9, and eight boats in the Asymmetric class.

Race conditions for the last two races were good.

Race officer, Mike Dencher, said: “With winds ranging from eight to 22 knots, the competitors were able to demonstrate their skills to good effect.

“The northerly wind was chill but that did not dampen spirits and there was an excellent Sunday afternoon of racing.”