Missed Wednesdays results sendout. My fault. Apologies. Here they are anyway for your viewing pleasure.
Eight IOM’s at the dam today but one didn't get in the water so seven sailing in a moderate southerly breeze which gave some good racing in both scratch & handicap. Peter Germein won 2 races so he was going well. Phil Turnbull also had 2 wins.
This was the midweek fleets last sail at the dam due to the very low water so next Wednesday it will sailing at Montrose.
Long Distance Handicap 16/02
Below are the results from Sunday’s Long Distance Handicap. Interesting to see three classes represented, and great to see a different name at the top of the leaderboard. Well done Peter, on a great days sailing. Rod Jackman finished close behind for second place, with third taken out by Peter Sylvester – a welcome return to Sunday racing.
From all reports, the day was enjoyed with a real nice wind and a distinct lack of weed. Thanks to Les, who filled in again as Pro, rather than sail the day himself.
Very light and tricky conditions today, given the earlier start to get full advantage of the tides. Great to see some pretty close scoring amongst the modern fleet, with Lisa (15pts) taking the day out from Ray (17pts), with Rod just one behind in third. John Hall sailed his Fuzzy Logic very well to 4th overall and first in the classic fleet, with Phil taking out 2nd, with Les not far behind in 3rd.
A bit of a chilly start at the dam today for the DF95 fleet with a fairly steady A rig northerly breeze which unfortunately did not last verging into a westerly that meant that mark 9 came into play for a while.
An hours scratch sailing was followed by the handicap series starting with a maximum handicap going to David Jones & Mike Hickman at + 40 secs & at the other end Wayne Turner at -40 secs.
A number of courses were tried to try & keep up with the wind changes with the fleet completing 8 races. Ray, Phil & Chris had 2 wins each with Mike looking very consistent .
Despite the challenging conditions it was an enjoyable days sailing.
A windy day at MBYC today. Ten skippers fronted up to start the day, but equipment failure and the heavy weather soon knocked an amount of skippers out of the days sailing. Heavier weather always sorts out the maintenance issues.
Everyone got started on B rigs, but within a few races, most (except for the Bantams) changed to C Rigs. The new Bantams, although overpowered when the squalls came through, performed extremely well in the overpowered environment - a testament to the design and construction. It will be interesting to see how much more they improve over time as well.
We got 10 races completed in the end, and as always, we saw the consistency of Mike and Lisa at the front of the field. Mike taking out first place on 14 points, just one ahead of Lisa, on 15. Stu Dawes came in third, on 22 points with Les Hanson's Cheinz. Thanks Les, for lending it out for the day. Rod Marshall was the first of the Bantams, in fourth, with a really consistent result for the day (lowest completed score of 5th). Andrew Wardrop was ten points further behind in 6th, but for non completed races, would have been neck and neck with Rod.
Thanks goes out to John Hall and Les Hanson for carrying out the official duties on the day.
Wednesday is DF95 Handicap at Risdon Brook Dam, scratch starting at 10am and handicap at 11.
12 IOM’s sailed at the dam today with some recent absentees returning no doubt drawn by the good forecast. The fleet agreed to carry B rigs in in a gusty north west breeze with the usual dam bullets & light patches. A couple of breakdowns resulted in a reduced field of nine with some great scratch & handicap racing on a longer course. A number of winners with the B2 (15) & the Trojan (13) managing to score 2 wins each .
A good days sailing despite the low water levels so at this stage we will be back next week. Kyle is attempting to obtain some info from Tas Water on future dam levels which will determine when Wednesdays return to Montrose.
Thanks to the PRO,s & those that helped with the dinghy.
Eight sailors fronted up today for the first Long Distance day of the year. Lisa Blackwood brought along her new A Class yacht, Sister Blister, and gave it a quick shake down. From reports, it was sailing quite well for a first outing. Quite likely to see a second one making its debut in the next week as well.
Conditions sounded a bit tough with some fronts coming through, and along with it, some squalls across the dam. Everyone had to sail it though, and from who I spoke to this afternoon, it was quite an enjoyable day.
Andrew Wardrop came out most consistent on the day, winning on 14 points from new member, Justin Rogers, in Second on 17 points on countback from Peter Sylvester. From the results, it was pleasing to see you could drop a blanket across the first five places, showing the handicapper was on the money today.
Thanks to Lisa, for helping Justin out after his Cockatoo suffered a bit of water ingress and receiver failure – being able to finish the day off with Lisa’s Nitro. Great to see members helping each other out. It really makes a day enjoyable.
On Wednesday, we have our usual IOM Handicap at the dam, from 10am for some scratch warm ups and the handicap races starting from 11.
Next Sunday will see the resumption of IOM Scratch racing at MBYC from 1pm (Summer Series Round 2)
A fleet of seven skippers at the dam today for some challenging sailing in a fitful northerly breeze with some big variations. No doubt the low water level effects the wind conditions. We started & finished with A rigs but at times, some B rig bullets saw some boats flattened - still all good & enjoyable.
Eight races sailed with the B2 woodies winning 2 races each showing they are starting to get on the pace. Kim Potter was as usual lurking before falling away in the later races similarly Peter Sylvester started well before deciding he felt more comfortable in the later races in the lower half of the fleet -still just good to see him back racing. John Hall was also sailing consistently.
The winner on the day though, was ever-reliable Rod Jackman, whose maximum handicap penalty was only just enough to keep him in front, with Andrew Wardrop and John Hall fighting it out for second and third respectively on countback
Sunday sees Long Distance racing at the dam, starting at 11am as per the website, and we will also be sailing at MBYC on Monday for some practice. Looks to be from 10am for best tide on the day, so a BBQ afterwards is likely on the cards for those who want an Australia Day Public Holiday sail. Light winds predicted so far at about 12-14km/hr from the NW.
A reasonably good turnout today at the dam, with 9 sailors attending – helped along with Richard and Cliff coming from down south.
From a phone call I had earlier, it sounded like conditions were challenging, with A rig conditions all day, with some bullets shooting through that really tested out the sailors when the extreme A conditions came along.
Some really close results at the end of the day, and I am sure the sailing itself would have been very close as well, such as it is with restricted design racing.
Overall winner (Pink Division) was Stu Dawes, bringing a very consistent performance across the day with 1’s and 2’s only being counted against his score of 13 points (from 11 races). Coming in second, on count back, was Chris Wood on 21 points, with Mike Hickman in third on the same points.
A pretty clear separation today to white division, with the southern invader, Cliff Eaves taking white fleet honours on 42 points, with Richard Barwick (47 points) taking home second on countback from Peter Sylvester. Keeping Richard and Peter honest was Phil Turnbull, just two points adrift.
Upcoming sailing days
Wednesday 22nd January – IOM Handicap at the dam, from 10am
Sunday 26th January – Long Distance Series Round 1 at the dam, starting at 11am
Monday 27th January – MBYC sailing (practice) for anyone. RM’s will be sailing, but any class welcome to practice if they want. We will advertise the start time when it gets a bit closer to the day, which will be based on the ideal tide/wind conditions for the day.
A very hot day at the dam today. It must have been in the mid thirties. With 12 boats sailing the usual format in a shifty A rig northerly breeze which had a number of holes and some big wind shifts. Eight handicap races were completed, with all competitors flagging in the heat by the end of sailing.
Peter Sylvester made a very welcome return to sailing today. His orange V10 was, as usual, very quick and Peter was sailing well. Kim Potter won 2 races and usually sails with one hand on the bottle of wine but the nasty handicapper has now re allocated him to the pink devision so that might slow his wine consumption a bit – edit, maybe next week though…..
As is the new norm the fleet results were split into 2 divisions to spread out the wine winners
Thanks to those who helped with PRO duties & the dinghy. The dam level has dropped a little more but we will stick with it for the next few weeks or so
Winner in the White division was Don McLeod, with a win, a couple of seconds and a third making him the most consistent on the day. Well done.
Winner in the Pink division was Kim Potter. The elevation to Pink Division didn’t deter him this week, with a couple of wins really helping. Handicapper is on you though with 15 seconds taken off.
RBRYC Results - RM Summer Series Scratch Round 1
An earlier start for the sailors today, given the poor afternoon tide conditions. Proved to be a great decision to change times, with it being extremely low at the end of the day.
Eight skippers fronted the starting line today, with Rod Jackman sailing Lisa's Skalpel for the day. He got comfortable very quickly, taking out the first two races. Unfortunately for Rod, some electrical issues took him out mid way through the day - otherwise he would have seriously challenged the top two today. I think Rod will be back sailing the RM's again very soon.
Great sailing conditions throughout the day ensured that all racing was real close and nicely contested, showing through with 6 of the 8 skippers taking a win on at least one race.
In the end, as is normally the case, the cream rose to the top, and John Cole-Cooks focus and consistency ensured the round win on the day, on just 22 points (from 13 races). Lisa Blackwood was almost always at the pointy end as well, coming in second on 29 points. Third place was decided on count-back with John Hall proving the older Fuzzy Logic still has the goods in a bit of breeze, taking the third position.
A big thanks goes to Mike Hickman, who came out to Pro for the day.
This coming Wednesday is back to the IOM Mid Week Handicap from 10am and Sundays racing is a DF95 scratch day - at Risdon Brook Dam as well, from the normal summer start time of 1pm.
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