An IOM scratch series of 10 races was held at Risdon Brook Dam today. The wind was a very gusty and ‘B Rig’ was the choice of the day. The wind direction was WNW, NW, NNW which made the racing a challenge for most skippers excepting Michael Hickman who sailed beautifully in the trying conditions.
With the shifty and gusty conditions, there were some spills and thrills at some of the turning marks which made for an exciting day of racing.
John Gard and David Murfet shared the PRO duties today, many a thank you to both gentlemen.
John Cole-Cook arrived with Ray Joyce’s older Britpop which is now painted black. Unfortunately John had some winch issues which counted him out for the day.
Rod Marshall competed in his first scratch series with his new boat and managed a few mid fleet positions which will give him confidence.
To all the members that didn’t sail today you missed out on the near perfect day at the dam. Mostly a 10 to 15 knot breeze with the odd squirt and a few light patches just to keep the skippers thinking.
Wayne Turner had rigging problems prior to the first race and had to retire for the day but he will be back next week.
With only eight boats left the sailing was very competitive from all the skippers with 5 of the 8 skippers getting the gun. With 1 race left we had 2 skippers on 6 points, 3 on 7 points and 3 on nine points so it was all on in the final race with Peter Sylvester winning the final race followed by Rod Marshall then Kim Potter and 4th place going to John Hall.
The final point score was, Dennis Lees a DNS and finished on 6 points, Phil Turnbull and Andrew Wardrop 7 points, Ray Joyce 9 points, Peter Sylvester, John Hall and Rod Marshall all on 10 points with Kim Potter getting the wine with 11 points.
With the weather warming up and only a few weeks to the Summer series starting it would be good to see more skippers on the water.
The weather gods agreed to give us at least one day of fantastic conditions to run one of our most prestigious state events. Due to prevailing conditions the venue was swapped back to Risdon Brook dam. It was the right decision. The mid to top end A rig conditions made for a great day of racing the formula ones of the radio yachting world. (apologies for bias here).
John Cole-Cook stole the show with his impeccable Scalpel and top end racing skills. Congratulations go to Cookie for his dominance on the day. Eight bullets and his worst placing was a third.
It is great to have him active again in the club, and it sends a big message out for next February's Nationals.
The minor placing were hard fought, and only resolved with a count back between Lisa and Ray; at times only centimetres separated yachts at the finish line. Peter Sylvester was very close behind and had some excellent boat speed with his Dreadnought (and at last his repaired RMG winch). Well done with his improved results, and I suspect more to come soon.
Our collective thank you goes to Stuart Harris for being the PRO of the regatta, and by no means could be called a 'stand in for the day'. The racing was managed smoothly and efficiently as only a (ex) bank manager can do it. Many thanks from us all Stu.
Ray Joyce VC
John Cole-Cook is presented with the RM Perpetual Trophy as State Champion for 2017 by the VC
Podium, L to R. R Joyce - 2nd, J. Cole-Cook - State Champion, L. Blackwood - 3rd.
We had 9 entries today which was good considering the forecast. Ray Joyce had radio problems after the second race and was lucky to get to his boat before it became the second boat in a few weeks to hit the dam.
There were 4 boats that reached double figures Peter Sylvester and Phillip Turnbull ( good to see Phil back ) both with 10 points, Wayne Turner 11 points and the winner this week Rod Marshall with13 points.
The weather was a steady A rig with a few holes at times & a solid rain storm in the middle of sailing and although we were down on numbers every skipper sailed well in generally pleasant sailing conditions.
A hardy bunch turned up for the first round summer (so called) scratch day for the Marbleheads. Cookie gave us all a sailing lesson with his German engineering marvel Scalpel. He will be the one to chase next weekend with the RM State Championship on the programme. If you are interested to see the RM's racing, this Sunday will be the day. The venue has been changed to Risdon Brook now, and has been rescheduled as a one day event.
Thanks to John Gard and Rod Marshall undertaking the PRO duties. Very efficienty done guys.
No doubt it was a gruelling day today, a wrap up will follow.
Day one of the State Champs for A Class radio yachts presented exactly as forecast, windy. Concurrently, the first three placegetters at the end of day one became the podium winners in the annual *Herb Tyson Memorial regatta. With boats representing NW, North, Risdon Brook and the Huon club, it was set to be a statewide competition.
The boats varied in sail area depending on the length of their waterline so it was no surprise that short waterline big sail boats were going to struggle in the blustery conditions. Surprisingly, no one changed to smaller sails such was the hectic pace of the day. Attrition took its toil with a few yachts suffering gear damage. PRO Ken Dobbie called the day off early due to the ever increasing winds and safety concerns for the rescue boat crew.
What is interesting is, that this is the venue for the 2018 Nationals, and over time it is becoming obvious that all conditions may be experienced next year. So it will be a fair call whoever are the winners in the respective classes.
Lisa Blackwood just scraped in to win from long time ‘A’ arch rivals John Cole Cook and Michael Hickman. Lisa first won this event in 1979, almost 40 years ago. It was commented that the A class is still the nicest boat of all classes to sail so it is hoped a resurgence of the class will come to fruition with several new boats in production.
*Herb Tyson was the original Tasmanian ‘A’ State champion and a founding member of RBRYC.
Well, a good day at Montose with 12 DF95's fronting the starter in a soft NW breeze & a difficult lazy slop.
Good boat handling was the order of the day with Tony Brewer going very well in the first half of the morning. The breeze began to soften & then shift more to the west but at least the waves died down making for much easier conditions. David Jones & the Silver Fox (36) began to sneak up the reults in the latter half of the morning but at the end of racing David just managed to squeak in on 39 points from Richard Barwick 1 point behind, then Colin Johnson 46 points, Tony Brewer 47 points, Phil Turnbull 49 points, Cliff 50 points.
As the RO I must appologise for rather eratic race management today, with Wayne B busy placing marks for the A class regatta this weekend plus a few visitors who needed attention things did not go very smoothly however from todays visitors from the RYCT we now have an invitation to do some demonstration sailing of the DF95's at the RYCT before Christmas. I must thank John Gard ( our newest member )who I roped in to help with RO duties.
With the summer series approaching & our fleet expending we will impliment a better handicap system which should make the racing fairer.
A last the Marblehead skippers had a great day on Sunday. A small crew but a wonderful Nor Wester made the day. It is great to see Cookie at the helm again with his beautiful Scalpel. The results speak for themselves.
Welcome back Cookie.
Well I suggested that there was to be a bit of wind today and wind we got.
Some early good scratch racing the into our handicap events.
The first 2 races with A rig then down to B rig and the last 2 races Cig.
More new faces (or new to me anyway) boosted our fleet to 13 , not bad considering the forecast.
Our winner to day was Graham Lane 9 points, Ray Joyce 8 points, Chris Wood 7 points, Stuart Harris & John Banks 6 points, Phillip Turnbull, Andrew Wardrop & Rod Gavin 5 points, Geoff Matthews & Peter Darcy 4 points, Dennis Lees 3 points, Rod Marshall 2 points and Wayne Turner 1 point.
Next week I will be in Brisbane So Stuart Harris has volunteered to be in charge for the day.
My thanks to Dave Murfet for the start/finish duties again.
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