Ask skippers around the paddock today for a rig selection...... #A #A #B #A #B #B
Annoyingly the breeze was almost always between rigs, those selecting an A rig were frequently carrying too much and struggled off the wind and those electing B were generally under canvassed to windward but had a roaring downwind - as the long distance showed.
The regular handicap race series has been modified to be run over 4 weeks with handicaps carrying over each week.
Here are the results for today
1st - Stu Dawes on 13 points leading a pack on 17 points Ray Joyce - Wayne Behrens - Stu Harris.
See you next week for round 2.
Displays of sailing that would make a submariner feel at home where on display today. Wind from the north came in and tested top of B rig conditions and then C rig was called for at the luncheon adjournment.
Of note was the boat handling skills of Ray Joyce in his downwind sailing ability. Rarely was Ray's Britpop not in perfect control.
The race series was again quite competitive even with the conditions. David Jones went to some lengths to get new eyes just so he could win the 1st prize beer by one point from Stu Dawes and a further point to Rod Jackman.
Hopefully next week will return to more moderate conditions.
Hang on folks - its blowing
Well the forecasters where correct with their proposed "windy conditions" When we arrived at the dam today it was B rig conditions which at times should have been C rigs, and wasn't it fun.
Breeze from the NW with some very big gusts.
I didnt count the number of boats but I think at least 14. A number dropped out due to breakdowns. Thanks to Stuart Harris for running the handicap series the results of which I don't have but perhaps Stuart can advise. Dennis Lees launched his immaculately built V9 & then sensibly took it off the water due to the conditions.
Congratulations to Peter Sylvester on taking the beer. See you next week.....
A very good day at the dam today.
Starting with a steady mid A rig northerly breeze for some close racing before the handicap series started prior to the handicap series the fleet had grown to 16 boats, a high for this summer.
We started with a long distance race in the main series with the back markers off one minute thirty penalty but they were soon amongst the front runners. For the balance of the series the breeze did fluctuate a bit but the racing was hard fought & very enjoyable.
Thanks to the commodore for running the series which was won the white boat Stu Harris from a red boat Rob Cooney & a funny sort of green boat sailed by Rod Jackman. Weed was a problem again today so we need a good blow to clean it out. Thanks to those four skippers who made the journey to Franklin yesterday. Conditions were not ideal but I know our presence was appreciated by the locals