Wednesday Scratch Series
Twelve skippers entered for the mid week handicap series under the rein of "Sir Rodney" (sic ,the score sheet), from the land of Id I believe. Conditions on the Brooke were to be expected with a shifting and patchy NNW breeze that was mid to top end A Rig in strength, while on the river it was definitely solid B Rig. Handicaps were: Wayne Turner, Alan McKenzie and John Smith off scratch, Kim Potter, Denis Lees and Peter Germein off 30 seconds and the rest off a capped 1:30.
Race 1 and Wayne Turner took advantage of his handicap to take the gun from a fast finishing Ray Joyce and Bruce Rose. Kim Potter was the uncatchable hare in Race 2 with John smith and Denis Lees filling the minor podium places. Race 3 saw John Smith get a bullet with Alan McKenzie taking second and Kim Potter third. Race 4 and another win with the back markers overhauling the fleet as Chris wood took line honours from Ray Joyce and Andrew Wardrop. With the drop, John Smith led the leader board with 10 points, on countback from Ray Joyce in second and Bruce Rose third with 11 points. Race 5 saw Peter Germein grab a win from Denis Less on the podium again as too Wayne Turner which shot him the top of the results with 15 points, again on countback from Ray with John Smith nudging out Chris Wood for third on countback with 18 points. The final race and Chris Wood continued to sail well to get the judges nod from Denis Lees and John Smith.
Chris' win gave him the overall win for the day with 19 points, 2 points clear of second place Ray Joyce and Wayne Turner third overall with 23 points.
Sunday is Marblehead racing from 1:30 PM.
Till then, wet sails.
Combined Classes Long Distance
Another fine and warm, late summer's day with clear skies and a forecast early sea breeze by noon. Thirteen skippers fronted for today's Long Distance racing, 10 IOM 's and 3 Marbleheads. John Banks, while recovering from a calf tear and didn't sail, did a fine job as PRO and chef for the day. Members reported the sea breeze already in the lower reaches of the Derwent around South Arm on their way to the Brooke and by the first race at 11:00 AM was starting to waft onto the race course with the usual funkiness that you have to expect from a land locked basin of water, at least at the southern end of the dam. Handicaps were administered for the IOM's with no surprises and the Marbleheads off 3 minutes; the series being divided into separate classes for the first time. By the afternoon, the breeze had consolidated to around 8 knots, and while still very funky around the start/finish line in the lee of Caretaker's Hill, was quite a nice breeze for the long beat back from the bay mark.
Peter Germein took line honours in Race 1 for the IOM's with David Murfet second and Andrew Wardrop third. I took the gun for the M's with John Hall second and Ray Joyce third. Race 2 went to Rod Jackman followed by David Jones and Andrew Wardrop. John Hall scored a win with Ray second and yours truly third in the Marbleheads. Race 3 and Peter Ameron's new Byerley design Maxim was first of the IOM's to finish with Stuart Harris second and Peter Germein third. The Marbleheads finished in the same order as Race 2. Les Hanson was sailing well off scratch and found the right way home to win Race 4 from Peter Germein on the podium again as too Rod Jackman. The F3 took the gun for the M's with Ray second and John third. Race 5 saw another win for Peter Germein with Les again on the podium and Kyle Stewart taking out third place. Another win for yours truly with John Hall second and Ray Joyce third. Race 6 and Stuart Harris got the nod from the judges with Peter Ameron finishing second and another well sailed third for Les Hanson. A hat trick for #48 with Ray second and John DNF'ing with loss of steerage. Les Hanson continued his good form to win Race 7 with Rod Jackman taking out second place from Stuart Harris. John overcame his loss in the previous race to take the gun from Ray and myself third in the Marblehead division. Race 8 and Kyle Stewart knocked up a win from Andrew Wardrop in second place and Peter Ameron third. I took the gun for the M's with Ray second and John third. The final Race 8 and Kyle score a double with the Silver Fox having his best result for the day followed by Andrew Wardrop to round out the podium. I also scored a double in the last race with John Hall second and Ray third.
Final results for the IOM's and a well sailed Cobber gave Les Hanson a comfortable 3 point win on 19 points, followed by Peter Germein on 22 points and Kyle Stewart third with 25 points. I took the win for the day in the Marbleheads with 9 points, John Hall second with 12 points and Ray third with 15 points.
Next Sunday is Marblehead Summer Series Round 5 with racing from 1:30 PM.
Till then, wet sails.
Wednesday Handicap Series
Another fine day with the usual inconsistent winds, this time from the general southerly direction but with the stock standard 90 degree shifts and soft patches, to maybe 12 knots in the puffs. The A Rig was pressed at times , particularly on the runs, but the average wind strength proved the B Rig a no goer. Ray Joyce was PRO for the day and gave out the handicaps with nothing out of the ordinary as far as starting times. Race 1 line honours went to Denis Lees off 30 seconds, followed by Chris Wood and myself both off 1:30. Peter Germein took the gun starting off 30 seconds in Race 2 followed by John Smith off scratch and Rod Jackman sailing well as usual off the full handicap of 90 seconds capped. David Jones clawed back the front markers from 1:30 with John Smith and Rod Jackman repeating their efforts from the previous race in Race 3. Race 4 saw a double go to David Jones with Rod Jackman close behind in second and yours truly hot on his transom. Race 5 was Long Distance with John Smith taking advantage of his handicap to win from Rod Jackman and Wayne Turner doing enough to hold off the rest off the fleet for third place. The final Race 6 was Long Distance as well with plenty of prospecting on the run (that's a pun on going down the mine shaft) as the A Rigs were hit hard by some of the gusts and sailing by the lee the best strategy to the bay mark. Stu Harris got the judges nod from Wayne Turner and Rod filling the minor places.
A no brainer who won the day with 5 out of 6 races resulting in a podium finish. The bottle of wine went to Rod Jackman on 13 points, 4 points clear of John Smith with 3 podium finishes, and David Jones snatching third place overall on 18 points.
Sunday is Long Distance. I will be taking the Marblehead and hopefully a new and improved camera mount for the camera, so a call to all M skippers to do likewise. Not sure if there will be a BBQ or not.
Till then, wet sails.
Photo of todays Mid week series winner
Swansea Regatta Notice
IOM Summer Series Round 5
Round 5 of the IOM Summer Series and what a day of IOM racing with bottom B Rig conditions all the way up to top end C Rig by the end of the scratch racing. The wind was forecast to strengthen to 40-50 km/h in the afternoon, as it did, but with more subdued mid range B Rig sailing for the mornings Handicap Series. Winds were challenging as usual at the Brook and there was plenty of opportunities, and more than one way around the cans. PRO for the day was Stuart Harris and did a superb job as always.
Eleven starters for the handicap racing with David Murfet, Peter Germein and Les Hanson off scratch and the rest of the fleet off 1 minute. Race 1 was a classic "know the course" race as the leading boats sailed to the wrong 3rd mark allowing myself, Ray Joyce and David Jones to take the podium. No such error in Race 2 with Michael Hickman taking line honours followed by Ray Joyce and David Murfet. Race 3 and another winner as John Hall took the win with Michael on the podium again, as too the consistent Ray Joyce with a hat trick of podium finishes. By now the handicaps were sorting themselves out. Race 4 saw a win for the V9 Wasabi, followed by stable mate The Silver Fox skipper by Peter Darcy and Matt Gray driving Michael's V8 into third place. The Commodore crack a well sailed win in Race 5 as too Les Hanson sailing the conditions well to take second and David Jones sailing off 1:20 taking out third place. Race 6 and Rod Jackman notched up a win off his starting handicap with the ever present Ray Joyce on the podium again and a trifecta of thirds for Jammie. Race 7 and Les Hanson showed us the way to win followed closely though by Rod Jackman now off 1:30 and Peter Darcy off 1:20 in third place. The final Race 7 and Wasabi notched up a third win from the challenge of Ray Joyce and David Jones.
Ray Joyce mastered the conditions and his handicap well to take the Handicap Series with 15 points, well ahead of yours truly with 21 points and Michael Hickman third with 23 points. Lunch was called and extended a tad to allow a shower to pass over before resuming the afternoon session.
Fleet down to ten for the afternoon Scratch Series and the wind was now mid to top end B Rig, 10 to 20 knots with a decent wave fetch coming down the dam and refracting back off the dam wall as well. Rod Jackman threw down the gauntlet in Race 1 with a strong win from Matt Gray second and myself third. Pretty much a carbon copy in Race 3 except that David Jones edged me out to take third place. A Hat Trick to Rod in Race 3 with Peter Darcy taking a second and Ray Joyce taking the podium. Race 4 and the Silver Fox bettered his score by 1 with a win from John Hall and Rod Jackman sailing a below par third. Race 5 and the wind was pushing the B Rigs to their limits and beyond. Only four boats managed to finish from the starting 7 boats but Rod Jackman again showed his heavy weather sailing skills with another win from Ray Joyce and Michael Hickman. Race 6 and the fleet was down to the 5 with C Rigs. The modern IOM hulls really do love a ton of breeze and the last 3 races were great to watch. Rod Jackman took his fifth win for the series with Michael Hickman hot on his tails for second and John Hall getting home for third. Race 7 and Michael Hickman got the C Rig humming to take a narrow win from Rod Jackman and John Hall with a daily double third. The final race for the day was Race 8 and the five boats finished within 10 to 15 seconds of one and other. Michael Hickman took the win from Ray Joyce and Rod Jackman.
Rod easily won the series with a net 7 points, 8 points ahead of Michael Hickman on 15 points and Ray Joyce third with 19 points. The day saw some exciting yacht racing with B and C Rig conditions pushing the IOM's to their limits.
Not unlike the 18 Foot Skiffs that are sailing The JJ Giltinan Championship. Race 2 saw some incredible top end A rig conditions and for those that weren't at the dam today, as well as those that were, checkout the YouTube link below. It will give you a feel of what it was like. The start is delayed for quite a while but the commentary is interesting and the action starts as they approach the top mark for the first time, ideally watched with a beverage of choice or three. Watch in 780HD.
Michael Hickman leaves tomorrow for the National IOM Titles in Adelaide and on behalf of the members I wish him all the very best of luck and a bag for of podium places.
Next Sunday is Long Distance with racing from 11:00 AM.
Till then, wet sails,
Photos from Wed 10th Feb
Wednesday Handicap Series
Another fine summer's day at the Brook with a steady 10 knot average north westerly wind on the river, funked up by the Brook's surrounding topography, resulting in the usual pick the 90 degree shift and avoid the holes racing. Pro for the day was Stuart Harris who administered the handicaps: off scratch was Mark (?) Holbrook with his IOM conformed ProBoat and Wayne Turner, off 30 seconds was Kim Potter, Don McLeod and Denis Lees, off 50 seconds was Peter Sylvester, Chris wood off 70 seconds and the rest off a capped 90 seconds.
Race 1 line honours went to Chris Wood with Peter Sylvester finishing second and Kim Potter third. Race 2 saw the ProBoat take the gun followed by Don McLeod and Wayne Turner third. Race 3 saw Denis Lees take the win from Don McLeod again in second and Kim Potter on the podium again, this time in third spot. Race 4 was a race for the backmarkers with very light winds at the start. Andrew Wardrop took the gun from David Jones and Kim Potter with his third 3rd place. Race 5 saw Peter Sylvester get the judges nod from Kim Potter on the podium again and the Silver Fox, Peter Darcy coming in third place. The final race, Race 6 went to backmarker Ray Joyce followed by Peter Sylvester and the Silver Fox.
Final results saw Peter Sylvester take the win with 15 points, on countback from Kim Potter and Wayne Turner in third place with 21 points. Sunday is Round 5 of the IOM Summer Series with Peter Sylvester on the schedule as PRO for the day. Handicap racing from 11:00 AM and scratch from 1:30 PM.
Till then, wet sails.
Report from Kyle Stewart on day 2 of DF65/RG65 regatta in Devonport 7th & 8th Feb
Day 2 of the Northern Round is now complete and what a day it was. Light to fair winds again, with all DF's staying on "A". I was lucky enough to hold my "A" rig as well, and Chris needed his "B" for the last half of the day.
We had an extra entry today, bringing the fleet up to 14, which was great. Massive thing was the amount of times a fleet hit a mark at the same time, and mostly came through without penalty. A few yells at statuses etc (ie buoy room etc) but all in great spirit overall, and to be honest, the behaviour of all competitors is a great example of how RC yacht racing should be. There was even tolerance for those who may not have known a few rules and explanations given, which was fantastic.
Club Members Kyle Stewart won the overall RG65 class, Peter Harris was third & Alan Furmage 9th in the DF65 class - congratulations . Video from Kyle
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