This morning we made the decision to run the handicap series at 10 am in view of the anticipated very hot temperatures from midday onwards, that didn’t quite eventuate.
Fifteen skippers fronted the start line in a steady NNW A rig breeze in fine and warm conditions. A course was set by our guest PRO John Banks from 4,5 to 8,7 & either 4,3 or the gate to the finish. The breeze was generally steady but picking the shifts was quite tricky on that last windward leg to the finish.
Eight races were completed interspersed with some drink breaks. Our trout fisherman come farmer showed that he had the mastery of the shifts. Second was Stuart Harris, who sailed very well for the day and didn't grizzle once about the handicaps.
A deserved 3rd went to Dennis Lees with his quick V10. A lack of willing scratch boats saw the cancellation of scratch sailing after lunch.
Congratulations to the place getters, who will be feeling pleased with themselves, and to those who didn't win but thought they should, or were entitled to win here is a little song in commiseration
Thanks to John Banks for PRO’ing for the day. It is really appreciated.
The endless summer rolls on with another excellent day of sailing at the dam with 16 IOM’s racing in ideal conditions with a mid A rig southerly which morphed into a sea breeze.
An hour of scratch racing was keenly contested before the 8 race handicap series started at 11 am.
The silver fox was sailing his new Britpop with some pretty good results. Geoff Mathews was also sailing, and with a little adjustment to his rather harsh initial handicap had some good races. John Banks came along, and we hope to see him sailing soon. Thanks to those who acted as PRO’s & we hope to continue the excellent sailing conditions next Wednesday.
Congratulations to Tony Brewer, taking out the day’s even, closely followed by Phil Turnbull and Ray Joyce.
Today was a good sailing day at the dam. We had 18 boats sailing, including 6 woodies - who had a special photo shoot by Rob Gavin and Ray Joyce for publicity shots to promote our woody fleet that will be displayed at the upcoming wooden boat festival.
Don Ash bought along his very quick Alternative, Wayne B was sailing Peter Germeins Scar, Chris & Andrew their 2 Corby’s, Dennis Lees V8 & Stu Harris’s Corby derivative ( can’t remember the name). Whilst the photo shoot was on, the other yachts were sent off on a longer scratch course. Don’t know the results, but certainly Tony Brewer’s V9 was going very well - someone should buy that boat. It is quick.
At 11.00, the handicap started in a solid sea breeze from 5-6, to 4-3 to 7-8 & finishing at 4-3. Handicaps ranged from -40 secs to + 40 secs. As usual the wind shifts towards the finish line were quite tricky with many places gained or lost in last 100 metres of the race.
Kim Potter came out a clear winner, with Don Ash comfortably in second. Third place went to Rod Jackman and the other places within the top 10 were all very close to each other.
A good days sailing at the dam today with a strong fleet of 14 boats plus two that didn't make the water. A strong B rig breeze from the NW with a bit of west influence provided some challenging racing. Course was 8 to 7 to the gate & then a short beat to the finish. Eight races were completed. Chris Wood had his grandson with him who obviously gave Chris tactical advice enabling Chris to win the wine. Paul Jewell was sailing Kyles V8 whilst his boat has a repaint & scored a well deserved 4th. Wayne Behrens finished with a creditable second & the Quasmanian Peter Germein with his wooden wonder was 3rd.
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