Watch out for the left hander

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Watch out for the left hander

Well the lake sailing will treat you rough everytime you disrespect it. We had a fantastic fleet of 20 Lasers on Albert Park last weekend. In a light 3-5 knots (does it ever blow here?) I managed to get myself into the lead and was having a great race on the third lap with Sandringham sailor Ben Gunther when both of us got caught out by the breeze dying on us and coming in for a couple of minutes from the left. This left both of us stranded in no breeze while the guys to the left came at us at twice our speed. A minute or so lead just evaporated. Ben made it back up to first and I was left in sixth. By the finish Ben won which was a great job and I got back to fifth. What was the lesson? Well you could say it was just an unlucky break as this breeze from the left never came again for the whole day. The lesson I think is race with your closest competitor but keep and eye on the guys behind and as the old saying goes keep between the next mark and your competitors no matter what size your lead, especially in Lasers!

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