A nice northerly Katabatic greeted us this morning for the RM State Regatta. Eight sailors made it to contest today, and all enjoyed great conditions prior to lunch, with C rigs initially, but reducing to B after the first four races. From memory, we got seven races in before lunch was called - just as the breeze died out.
After lunch, everyone chose their A rigs, and some great light weather sailing ensued. After a bit of a red hot, then cold sequence of races prior to lunch, Stuart Dawes really stepped up the pressure, and strung together a fine sequence of podium finishes, running away to be the very well deserved winner of the regatta. Six wins from 14 races and a total of 31 points.
Coming in second place, was Ray Joyce, not far behind, on 36 points. Lisa Blackwood rounded out the top three, on 46 points.
Big thanks today, to our officials, Les Hanson as our Pro. A more difficult breeze to set courses to today, but Les took it all in his stride ensuring good, long courses with heaps of opportunity to plan alternate paths to sail throughout the day. Both closer to shore, and much further out provided exciting alternates throughout, with both being the correct choice at different stages of the day. Thanks also to Anne Cole-Cook, for assisting with the finish line and the scoring duties. It makes it so much easier and quicker for the competitors to find out the results at the end of the day, and your assistance is truly appreciated.
Results for those who have issues reading the ones below can be found on the following link to mysailingresults website.
I was intending to get good photos from all the yachts today, but I have missed a few. Apologies to those skippers. I will make sure I have some good ones taken during the next few Scratch events.
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