Well, it was a fitting end to an excellent season with Valsheda taking a clean sweep in perfect conditions and thereby hermetically sealing her victory in the series overall.
A southerly breeze, lacking its usual icy bite, was livelier at the start than some had imagined and saw three exciting starts on a short line, precipitating some very close uphill work and plenty of passing opportunities on the downhill stretches.
The closeness of the racing promises much for the National Championships, now to be held on 11th/12th May.
The seemingly endless summer produced a total of 44 races in 15 flights. Valsheda won both halves of the series (before and after Christmas). Full results are here.
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Congratulations to Alastair Gair and his crew for a convincing series win.
Many thanks, as always to Warwick and Theresa Gair for their tireless efforts throughout the season - and also to all those who have taken part, helped out and made this a great season.
On a final note - please let me know if you have one of my esky bags - I am missing three!
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