After a scorcher of a weekend with high temperatures the only thing missing at the dam today was a few members and the sleet and snow, boy was it cold there today.
Despite the wintery blast we still had 20 skippers at the dam. One didn’t rig his boat and the other had gear failure early in the day.
In the scratch racing we had 6 starters but only 5 boats racing. Chris Wood out in the first race with problems.
Rod Jackman sailed constantly to win the bottle of red. He finished the day with 16 points one ahead of David Jones on 17 points. Then came John Cole Cook on 18 points, Ray Joyce 30 points and Peter Sylvester with 33 points.
Again in the handicap event there was very close racing throughout the day. Unfortunately our Commodore lost steering before the first race with his server not responding. Wayne Turner thought he had steering problems but his rudder was missing, broken off when he encountered the jungle of weed along the fore shore.
Kim Potter had no such worries sailing well all day to win a nice drop of white for the wife. Kim finished with 20 points followed by Tony Brewer and Wayne Behrens on 18 points. John Smith was next with 17 points followed by Peter Germein 16 points, Andrew Wardrop 14 points, Phil Turnbull and Don Macleod 13 points. These were followed by Rod Marshall and Geoff Matthews on 10 points, Geoff Rainbow and Wayne Turner with 0 points.
Let’s hope the weather gods are shinning on our little patch of water next week.
Can you forward to all members please.
What a beautiful day at the dam yesterday, warm to hot light winds and mostly good company. Pity the wind wasn't as good. All over the place or across the dam. Any way members were sailing. 19 boats on the water with our new member Dennis Barry still getting used to sailing a RC yacht instead of pulling in a trout from one of the many lakes in Tasmania. Like most of us he will be sailing well soon.
Scratch racing, what a day it turned out to be. David had a bad day or Lyn spiked his coffee before he left home, not sure which one.
Kyle shocked every one with his performance even himself. With 2 wins and 2 seconds from 8 races he won the day with 20 points one clear of Ray on 21 points. Chris Wood on 26 points was third. Then came Peter Sylvester 28 points, David 29 points and Rod Marshall on 47 points.
In the handicap racing 3 points separated the first 4 boats cut with wins in the last 2 races Stuart Harris stole the glory and won with 23 points 2 clear of Phil Turnbull on 21 points. Then came Geoff Mathews ( only one red boat on the course this week) Wayne Behrens on 20 points. Andrew Wardrop who sailed 1 race in scratch the sailed the handicap series was next on 16 points. Then followed Peter Germein with 12 points, Tony Brewer sailing Dennis Lees boat 11 points, Dennis Lees sailing Tony Brewers boat and Don Mcloud 9 points, Wayne Turner 8 points and Geoff Rainbow sailing an IOm for the first time with 2 points.
Both Dennis Barry and John Cole Cook didn't sail the full day.
Round 1 of the IOM Summer Scratch series was run on Sunday morning at the new Southern course area at Montrose Bay. It is a magnificent venue.
A steady breeze of 6 - 10 Knots with great vision of the course from the headland for the skippers. Some excellent photography by Robert Gavin of the day's activity seen here on the club website will reinforce these sentiments.
John Gard again did the PRO honours and he is now getting very good at it.
Thanks John for your commitment.
Some competitors had new sets of sails they were using in preparation for the nationals.
Lisa Blackwood had a great day with her new Sedici design which she now has fine tuned and easily won the event. John Cole-Cook had a fine second overall with his sails which are 12 years old!! He has new sails which are yet to be measured, so he will be a bigger force when he gets them on his boat. Chris Wood snuck in for 3rd place overall.
The racing concluded as the Northerly died out and the temperature started to rise to 36 degrees by the time packing up was completed.
Eleven boats turned up tonight to sail in the DF95 twilight series. A beautiful evening with 27 deg & a consistant A rig south easterly breeze. The course was in the bay so the fleet had to contend with fluctuating breezes at the windward mark that saw a lot of position changes. David Jones sailed very well to take out the day on 19 points from Lisa B on 26 points & Geoff Mathews 32 points. Geoff sailed particularly well. Next were Richard Barwick & then Kyle Stewart. All racing was scratch tonight. Wayne Behrens boat tried to sink after suffering sevre cracking around the keel area. This is about the 6th or 7th hull that I know of that has suffered from this problem & combined with the on going winch & servo problems I think there are some real concerns about the the long term prospects for this class. Thats a real shame because otherwise they are a great one design boat. Thanks to Rod Marshall & Kyle for their RO duties.
A good day at Montrose last Sunday with a small crew shaking down their boats in preparation for the upcoming Nationals.
John Cole-Cook is 'looking the goods' to be there at the Nats pointy end. He had his Scalpel going very well.
Lisa brought her ten rater for further tuning, however her placing is not included here. Lisa ended up second to Cookie. Kyle had a grin from ear to ear skippering his new love, his RM Boogie and going so well. (Watch this boat and skipper in future RM events)
Many thanks to John Gard for running the day so efficiently, and helping to set out and recover the buoys. If anyone wants to give credit, give Wayne a Buzz too; and his helpers Tony H and Geoff M for making the two sets of buoys we are to be using for the Nationals. Great effort guys.
Apologies for belated posting of results. I could do with a few extra limbs to get things done faster. The ARYA Nationals are the main game at this stage.
Last Wednesday started with light winds and small courses so the we could get some racing completed before the summer series was started.
Sailing finally got under way around 1130hrs with the scratch boats away first With David Jones taking the gun. He went on to win the bottle of wine yet again (won every one so far)with 12 points followed by Peter Sylvester on 14 points. Then followed Ray Joyce with 17 points and Rod Marshall on 19 points.
Andrew Wardrop had boat problems and finished the day sailing in the handicap events.
The big question, can anybody beat David Jones.
In the handicap racing there were 13 starters and we had 5 different winners.
At the end of days racing there could be only one winner though and Wayne Behrens won the day with 14 points followed by Peter Germein on 13 points followed by John Smith on 12 points. Then followed Geoff Mathews (which red boat am I sailing), Rob Cooney and Rob Gavin on 10 points. Phil Turnbull and Wayne Turner shared 9 points, Stuart Harris 8 points, Geoff Rainbow sailing his DF95 7 points. Dennis Barry now the owner of Peter Sylvester’s old yellow boat on 4 points. Our Commodore tackled the course without any walking supports for the first time but the length of the racing proved too much finished with1 point. It’s good to see the improvement you are making Dave.
Andrew finished with 0 points.
I do apologise for the lateness of the report but my computer reported in sick. Getting old like its owner.
Hope to see more skippers next week.
At last a good evenings sail at Montrose today with a balmy 28 deg, with an easterley B rig breeze. Tide was ok & 9 skippers fronted up however Geoff Mathews B rig Jib ( brand new) split before he got to the start & Wayne Behrens aft turning block failed & ripped a chunk out of the hull ( new hull Wayne ).
9 races were completed with some very close scratch racing - the end result was a win for the silver fox (PeterDarcey) with Cliff Eaves & then Richard Barwick & & Dave Williams who sailed some excellent races.
Dont forget to get your DF95 State Championships in by the end of the month.
A series of IOM Scratch races were run at Montrose Bay to give IOM skippers an additional opportunity to sharpen up before the Nationals. The races were run in conjunction with the “Try Radio Yachting Day”. Interested bystanders could try sailing a DF 95 inside the jetty area or watch the IOMs having real races on the outside.
Ray Joyce missed 2 of the scratch races as he was tutoring a gentleman on the finer points of IOM’s and this affected his overall results on the day.
John Gard ran a tight series of a mixture of 2 lap races and 1 lap races with few breaks between which gave plenty of starting practice. Andrew Wardrop dropped out of the racing later in the day to take over PRO duties from John who had to leave early. Thankyou John and Andrew.
Chris Wood won the day with his Britpop. Rod Jackman came 2nd and was the most consistent skipper on the day and was the only competitor to finish all the races. David Jones who has good boat speed with his V9 was 3rd.
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