The event concluding our two weeks of continuous sailing has been completed, with many exhausted skippers and organisers now having a very well earned break. The last event was the DF95 Championship held in honor of George Fish, a long time dinghy and RC sailor, who sadly passed away last year.
18 competitors lined up over the two days, who were greeted with light wind conditions throughout - with very pleasant sailing conditions for the last half of the last day. Results attached below. Congratulations mush go to Peter Darcey, who sailed consistently throughout the event, and was a deserved inaugural winner of the George Fish DF95 State Championship. Lisa Blackwood also sailed extremely well, to miss out by just two points across the 18 race series. Third place went to the reinvigorated Ray Joyce, who showed massive improvement in sailing from his experiences in the ARYA Nationals.
Well done to all the organisers, as well as the many, many helpers across the two days. It was a very long journey through the Nationals, and to go those extra two days for this event was a testament to your devotion to a well run event.
Photos to come shortly.....
20 boats was on the water today. They were able to sail thanks to Rod Jackman attacking the weed problem with a steel garden rake borrowed from the caretaker. Well done Rod. (Do you show this much enthusiasm in the garden at home.)
The winds were light from the NW prior to the sea breeze finally setting in in the afternoon but only light.
7 races was contested in the scratch racing to day with David Jones winning 5 of the races. Rod Jackman and Rod Marshall shared the other 2.
Final point scores was David Jones with 11 points followed by Rod Jackman with 16 points. Then followed Tony Brewer with 26 points, Rod Marshall 28 points and Ray Joyce with 29 points. Rod Marshall and Ray Joyce was required at Montrose so they retired at the lunch break.
The handicap racing was a bit of runaway for Stuart Harris who sailed consistently to finish on 21 points from the 7 races with 3 seconds and a first place. Rob Cooney was second on 15 points followed by Kim Potter 0n 13 points. 4 skippers then followed on 12 points. Richard Barwick sailing his DF95. Rob Gavin, Phil Turnbull and Andrew Wardrop who was also called away to Montrose. Wayne Behrens finished with 11 points but had to leave at the lunch break. Don McLoud and John Smith had 10 points apiece. John Hall who has been absent due to knee surgery had 9 points, Geoff Matthews 8 points, Wayne Turner sailing hid DF95 (still no rudder for his IOM) and Dave Murfet with one point. Dave is improving a little each week. Our new member Dennis Perry is slowly learning how to sail a boat. He is finding it just as hard to sail his new boat as it is to catch a trout up in the lake country.
Due to the nationals being held over the next few weeks there will be no sailing at the dam. Hopefully Tas Water will drain more water over this time allowing the sun to shine on the weed. I am sure they will not miss us while the nationals are on.
If you want to sail at the dam during the nationals be sure to follow the club and Tas Water rules and regulations.
Sunday was a training and rehearsal day for the upcoming Nationals.
Training was conducted for the mark boat crews in the MBYC rib by Rod Jackman, the buoy anchors and lines were fine tuned and the two-way radios were tested with Wayne Behrens. Ken Dobbie had the observers in a group to discuss their role and Jeff Byerley discussed the needs of the PRO and with
his assistants. Ray Joyce tested the hooters and the megaphone. Lisa Blackwood bought her wheelbarrow down which was used to transport the buoys and their concrete weights to the jetty.
It was a great buzz to see the enthusiasm of all the volunteers and competitors.
Then it was time for some scratch racing in the IOM Summer series. Ray Joyce was not a starter due to the time he has spent on admin for preparing for the nationals and he needed some time to start to tune up his new Marblehead.
Wayne Behrens and his team set the marks at Course C for the PRO for the day Jeff Byerley with his able assistants in John Gard and Stuart Harris who took over later in the afternoon. Thanks gents.
The breeze was B Rig all afternoon in SSE direction.
The big guns are performing at the right time and Lisa Blackwood, Michael Hickman, John Cole-Cook and Rod Jackman basically swapped the first 4 places most of the afternoon with the occasional interloper getting a top 4 finish. Again Course Area C on the headland was a fantastic venue with fair breezes and a great view of the racing for spectators and competitors alike.
The day was a great success and augers well for the Nationals with all the plans coming together.
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