Today started with a solid SW breeze - went a bit light for half an hour & then came in as a solid sea breeze in mid to top A rig providing the best conditions for some weeks for sailing.
A fleet of 14 boats fronted for some intense & very enjoyable racing. The handicap series run by Dave was a mixture of scratch, handicap & long distance races.
After about 6 races a green boat ( s/n 28 Trojan 2 managed to edge out another green boat s/n 29 Noux ). John Banks with s/n 29 had his boat going particularly fast & sailed very well particularly in the 2 long distance races, unfortunately a collision with a bank of feral weeds whilst leading up wind in the first LD race cost him overall bragging rights.
The silver Fox was very quick all day so he can probably cancel his order for a V9.
Peter Sylvester launched his brand new Mojo #83 today and is already showing promise of being at the top of the fleet very shortly.
Fourteen boats sailed today in light & variable west to NW breeze in sunny & warm conditions (at last). The handicap series was run by Dave Murfit in 2 divisions starting one minute apart.
The series was won by Dennis Lees who also took the excellent photos.
Todays event at the Risdon Brook Dam was conducted in ideal conditions, summer finally arrived and what appeared to be a sea breese was in attendance all afternoon, the "A" rig being the rig of choise.
The guest Race Officer set a short winward and return course which was used all day. Twelve IOM'S and two Marbleheads lined up for the first Race a graded scratch race, the IOM's being divided into two Handicap groups, and the Marbleheads a little further back.
All races were keenly contested, eleven skippers winning races, and sailed in excellent spirits, as the RO it was a pleasure to be part of the day, really makes it all worth while.
Dennis Jones and Stuart Harris sailed consistantly all afternoon, Dennis finally beating Stuart on a count back with sixty- two points to win the day, new commer Kyle Stewart sailing "old faithful" and showed he will be a contender when his boat arrives finishing third on sixty-four points, with Rod Jackman on seventy-two points fourth.