Congratulations Ray Joyce, for winning the John Emms memorial Regatta for the second straight year. Second on countback was Lisa Blackwood (separated by Ray with five wins to four), and third was Mike Hickman.
I was only there for a few short minutes today, but the yachts looked fantastic, sailing in the light A Rig conditions.
A very consistently sailed day by Peter Germain our itinerant Quasmanian who is migrating back to the land of cane toads & xxxx beer shortly, taking out this weeks Handicap. Great to see such a fine turnout as far as numbers are concerned.The morning started with the usual scratch racing in mid A conditions with NE/E breeze on a course in front of the clubhouse for some close racing however sailing into the sun proved to be difficult so the course was changed to the bay which was not ideal but an improvement. There were 18 boats today which is the best turnout since Christmas. All in all a very good day.
At Montrose today we had a very welcome visit from Dr Rodney Ford from the Canterbury Model Yacht Club in Christchurch NZ. Rod told us that his club with 50 members sails Canterbury J Class yachts with regular fleets of 25 boats. Rod took this photo of a very nice woody with one of the local dubious characters standing behind.
9 IOM skippers turned up today for the first round of the IOM Winter Scratch Series. The weather forecasters got it pretty wrong and the sailors were greeted with a nice day, with a good, steady 8-13 Knot NW breeze. A bit of glare off the water with the sun being lower, but other than that, close to perfect conditions.
Congratulations to Ray Joyce in taking out the first round, with a very consistent days racing, with Rod Jackman and Mike Hickman right on his heels. Lisa Blackwell also not too far behind.
A solid start to the Winter Handicap days with twelve sailors turning up. Great so see such a close result, with seven skippers within 5 points, showing the handicaps used on the day were pretty much on the money.
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