Following the frolics at Arun there are new leaders of both the Gold and Silver Belle Isle fleets. Michael John Gifford and Kirsty Phipps finished 15th overall at Arun, which was enough to see them leapfrog into the outright lead of the silver fleet. Dan Smith and Nikki Attwood finished 17th overall at Arun, which was enough to maintain 2nd place, however the big loser was Nigel Scott and Gill Young who dropped from 1st to 3rd. Watch out for Steve Chatten and Helen Barry though because they proved a point at Arun with 12th overall (best placed silver boat). Steve and Helen are heading up to West Kirby later this month so Steve will be looking for a good result on his home water.
In the Gold Fleet Steve Cumley and Eluned Jones have now completed the required 5 events for qualification and have slipped into the lead. Their 4th at Arun might not be good enough to count if they have aspirations of winning overall, however this season seems closer than ever so it may be a year for high points. The other front runners all had a bad weekend by their normal standards. Jon lewis/Milly parsons were 5th overall, Sarah Richards/Nigel Wakefield were 6th and Emma Harris Becky Priest were 7th.
In my last report I warned everybody to watch out for Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse at Arun....what happened? They won it. Well the next event is Felixstowe Ferry in two weeks time. In the gold fleet I think Nigel will be a very serious challenge to be reckoned with although some of the Waldringfield boats are sure to push hard. I fancy somebody like Alan Krailing, Steve Dunn, Harry Pynn or Matt White to walk home with the chocolates. In the silver fleet my inside knowledge tells me that Dan Smith hasnít got his normal crew so I fancy MJ, although Nigel Scott is likely to be very close and if Steve Chatten continues his streak then MJ is sure to have a challenge.