An earlier start today for the sailors challenging the George Fish Memorial DF95 State Championship.
Much better wind than yesterday by the sounds of it, however, it was extremely variable in both speed and direction. One minute you would be over-powered in B rig, and the next, you are becalmed in A Rig. As they say though, everyone has to sail in it, so the cream will rise to the surface - and it did.
Very hotly contested througout, which is shown in the closeness of the results in the end.
A weekend expertly run by PRO's Les Hanson and Rod Marshall, with help from Ken Dobbie. A big thanks guys. Without your help, a weekend like this would not get off the ground.
Thanks also to our northern competitor, Geoff Martin. It's always appreciated when we get competitors from outside the club come to race. It's not always a cheap thing to do with the costs of fuel and accomodation - we really appreciate you coming down geoff.
Yesterday's runaway leader kept his nerve today, sailing a similarly fantastic day of heats. Congratulations, Ray Joyce, in taking out the State Championship, on 90 points.
Taking second in the Championship, was Stuart Dawes, an equally good day today, shaving some off Ray's overnight lead, with 11 points.
Rounding out the top 3 was Lisa Blackwood, on 112 points, a very fast finisher towards the end.
Congratulations to all place getters.
It's also noteworthy how many were so close behind the top three as well, with 6th place just 11 points behind 3rd.
This Wednesday sees the return of IOM Mid Week Handicap from 11am, and next Sunday will be Long Distance Day, including A Class Scratch at MBYC, also from 11am - for the last hitout for our A Class sailors before they head off to Adelaide to compete in the National Championships.
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