Today saw the running of the 2015 State Marblehead Regatta in a forecast 20 – 30 km/h southerly breeze with a few showers. The shower was over before the first race and by the time the breeze got up and over the hills, was a variable 5 -15 km/h from that notorious somewhere in the south but could be from the east and could be from the west direction. A rig or B ?
PRO Stuart Harris set the course and 8 skippers took to the water for the first of 15 races. Most were on A rig but there were a few on B Rig as the wind was somewhat fresher as we rigged up. Starts were tricky with the pin end being favoured for a number of races providing for some tight crosses in the fluky conditions. Seven races were completed before lunch with Stuart Dawes leading with 3 wins from Andrew Wardrop with 2 wins and John Hall also with 2 wins in 3rd. Lunch was a bit different with the PRO sending the Commodore off to get a family size chips from the local fish n chip shop. “No boats on the water until all the chips are eaten” was the direction from Stuart Harris so under duress, we all dug in.
The afternoon racing was a pretty much a carbon copy of the morning as far as conditions go but with all skippers using their No1 Rig. Lisa Blackwood improved her score with 3 wins and a couple of 2nds to edge out John Hall for 3rd place over all on 37 points, Andrew Wardrop in 2nd place with 30 points and Stuart Dawes winning the day with 28 points.
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