Another fine day at Risdon Brook for the mid week Handicap Series today with an up and down gentle nor-wester to 5-8 knots. Last week's winner Ray Joyce was PRO and duly gave the thirteen skippers their required dosage of handicaps, on the usual 1 lap course. Anthony Castray returned from his sailing voyage to win the first race off scratch with Pete Sylvester off 20 seconds in second and John Banks off scratch in third. Race 2 saw the Silver Fox with his Chinze off a 30 seconds take line honours from John Banks off 10 seconds and myself off 1:10 in third. Pete Sylvester visited the podium again in Race 3 winning from Andrew Wardrop and Darcy. Race 4 was Long Distance with adjusted handicaps. Rob Cooney got home first off scratch followed by Bruce Rose off 30 seconds and Anthony Castray off 45 seconds. Pete Sylvester bagged another win off 30 seconds in the fifth race from Bruce Rose off 20 seconds and Dave Murfet of scratch in third.
Before the last race, Peter Sylvester was at the top of the leader board, five points clear ahead on 10 points. Rob Cooney and Bruce Rose were tied for second place on 15 points, John Banks on 18 points, Darcy, Anthony and myself all 1 point behind on 19 points. Second and third was up for grabs. I pulled a win out of somewhere with Pete Sylvester second and Anthony Castray third.
In the end, Peter Sylvester managed to with the day by the skin of his teeth, on count back from Rob Cooney. A win in the last rocketed me from 7th to take third place overall.
Next Sunday is the final round of the Winter Series for Marblehead class. with racing commencing from 11:00 AM.
Till then, wet sails,
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