I have been involved at the club for around 5 years now from memory, and today is the first time that I recall that a scratch day was devoted to the A Class. Hopefully a sign of more to come, with it being well received, and I think with three missing that all had legitimate reasons for not being able to attend.
We had six sailors turn up today, with a strong breeze forecast, which came through by lunch time – with gusts to 30 knots.
Six sailors, and six different designs – from previous century yachts to two that had their builds completed this year, immediately prior to the Nationals in February.
Unfortunately, two sailors got started, but failures had them back to shore without recording a finish. Nothing too serious, but work to be done in the workshop for both of them.
Of the four remaining yachts, some real close racing ensued, with three victors for the four races completed. Not sure about the others, but I really enjoyed the heavier conditions and the ability of the “A’s” to get on a wave and surf for long periods of time. Some really fun stuff.
A handkerchief could be draped over the four sailors by lunch time, with just one point between everybody, but unfortunately, with the club yacht having issues and Andrews borrowed yacht straining under the wind pressure, it only left Mike and myself able to resume after lunch, so we called the afternoon off and finished early.
With a bit more sailing, the yachts will become much more reliable and able to handle the heavier conditions with ease, but one step at a time.
A good sailing session regardless, and I am sure the sailors on the water really enjoyed themselves, as well as the members who came along to watch as well.
Thanks must go to Stuart, Les and Lisa for assistance with mark setup early on, and Pro duties. It is always appreciated.
Chocolates for the day goes to Mike, on six points, on countback to myself in second, on countback to Andrew in third – with Ray in fourth, just one point behind, on seven points.
Wednesday sees the return of the DF95’s to Montrose Bay, for the Monthly DF95 Handicap series, from 11am.
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