Principal Race Officer, Neville Solerburg, set a complex "round the cans" course using 6 buoys in a determined attempt to "use all the lake" in a force 2 North Westery breeze which was straight along the lake.
Paul Smith was first to the windward mark in the first race, closely followed by Stuart Snell and George Stephen. Smith and Snell progressively drew away from the rest of the pack but we never more than a few yards apart. Someway back, a race for third place developed between Charles Watson, Stephen and Bob Carter. Smith managed to hold off Snell for the entire race and took the gun, with Snell in second place and Carter third from Watson, Stephens, and local Sprinter, Robin Hall.
After a lunch stop the second race got underway and Snell made no mistakes taking a huge lead on the first beat from Hall, Carter, Watson, Stephen and Tunnacliffe. On the second beat Smith took the shore side, got a big lift and caught back from sixth place to take up the challenge on Snell. Richard Whitelock and Erling Holmberg were also making big gains on the windward legs. Smith challenged Snell throughout the race but Snell hung on to take the gun with Smith a close second. Carter was third from Whitelock, Holmberg and Watson.
Thus with both Snell and Smith with a first and second the winner was decided on the shortest aggregate time, and Smith was the victor - by just 2 seconds! Close racing.
The next event in the winter TT Series is at Beaver on 4 December.
1st Sprinter: Robin Hall - Stewartby
For the full results, see the series table here.