What a day the first day of the RM State Championship was. Predictions of a 6 knot northerly, pushing to 9 knots at the end of the day were way off. Becalmed early on, but just as sailing commenced, a light breeze filled in. A rigs were used for the morning up to the lunch break, with that last race before lunch very challenging, with little to no wind at all.
After lunch, we all started on B rigs through to the short break, where we all looked to change out to C Rigs, with that northerly filling in nicely.
This is where the fleet split up a bit, with C and C2 rigs being used by the fleet. A good choice for the C2 skippers, who held on to the end of the day in an ever-increasing breeze.
Andrew Reid, showed his class the entire day, with firsts and seconds for all his counted races, 18 points so far for the championship. He will prove very hard to beat tomorrow.
Keeping Andrew honest in second, is Scott Condie, on 26 points.
Rounding out the top three, is Lisa Blackwood, sitting on 48 points.
An all, the racing was very close - closer than some of the numbers show. It was also very enjoyable and sailed in great spirit amongst all competitors.
We must give thanks to our volunteers today as well. Mike Hickman taking on the Pro work, with Les Hanson ably assisting. Anne Cole-Cook also helping with finishing order. Phil Turnbull also on the rescue boat, used quite a few times today, and to all the people who turned up nice and early to set up the gazeebo's and competition area. I am sure the combined efforts of everybody helped in making day 1 so enjoyable for everyone, especially our four interstate skippers.
If you have any spare time tomorrow, come down to Montrose Bay Yacht Club and check out the second day of the championship. First race starting at 1030.
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