A fleet of 10 IOMs fronted the starter on Wednesday in a top end A rig northerly breeze which chopped & changed in direction throughout the morning. The racing was under the Swansea handicap system & commenced with a scratch seeding race which was won by the idiot sailing 60 ( he never learns) & so was whacked with a 60 second handicap. As the racing progressed it was a change down to B rig & Rays Britpop showed its excellent heavy air boat speed to claim the days honours. Now the photo below is a bit confusing, it shows the winner Ray, second place was Jammy & also Lisa with her new Nitro hull. It was suggested that Lisa was so impressed by Ray's performance that she gave him the Nitro for 1st prize anyway 60 (third ) ended up with the wine so everything ended up sweet, just dont know how we got there. Thanks to PRO John Banks. Long distance next Sunday at 11.00 am
Well, the dam turned on a cracker of a day with steady northerley winds greeting the six starters who chose B rigs for the mornings session before changing to A rigs after lunch. Ray Joyce's Katana hit its stride winning 10 of the 15 races sailed showing some dominant boat speed. Weed was a bit of a problem but not enough to seriosly effect results. John Hall sailed consistantly to take out second with Lisa Blackwood third. So congratulations to the place getters & many thanks to PRO David Murfet.
Next Sunday is the a Long Distance Day
Southern Tasmanian RM Championship
Risdon Brook RYCPositionSkipperSail #Club/CityHull Score123456789101112131415
1Ray Joyce24 Katana 17.04.01.01.01.01.03.01.02.01.02.01.01.01.06.01.0
2John Hall56 Fuzzy Logic 33.01.03.02.02.02.02.02.01.03.07.06.05.03.02.05.0
3Lisa Blackwood98 F2 34.06.04.03.03.04.01.05.03.04.01.02.02.04.01.02.0
4Michael Hickman18 Ajax 47.03.05.05.05.05.05.04.04.02.03.03.04.02.04.03.0
5Andrew Wardrop49 Scourge48.02.02.04.04.03.04.03.05.07.04.05.07.05.03.04.0
6Les Hanson19 Vibe 69.05.06.06.06.06.06.06.06.05.05.04.03.06.05.07.0
Another good mornings sailing at Montrose on Thursday. When I got there at 9.00 there was a steady NW breeze which started to fade by 10.00 am. Ten boats although one (mine) didnt get wet due to a problem. Eight 2 lap races, a mix of scratch & H'cap were sailed starting in very light conditions but then a very nice SE breeze came in making for some great racing.Cliff took the overall honours from Pater Darcey & David Jones .
Next Tuesday the DF95's move to Cygnet at 10 am & I think Tank has arranged a decent forecast.
A cloudy & cool morning greeted a fleet of 10 IOM's at the dam this morning. The handicap series was again run on the Swansea system which again proved to be popular & fair with 3 boats tying for first place. Tony Brewer was particularly quick today & but for a blip in the last race would have won the sheep station. Wayne Behrens was sailing Trojan 5 ( the blue healer) & had it going well enough to be in the tie for first at the end of racing. In the end after a countback David Jones won the wine from Wayne Behrens & Ray Joyce. Very enjoyable morning with a steady mid A rig Northerly & a sunny sky & surprise surprise little or no weed.
Next Sunday is Mothers Day so you can have the day off. DF95,s at Montrose tomorrow morning - weather dependant. Click on above photos drop down box for todays sailing
Sundays racing was moved to MBYC as we held the club's AGM directly afterwards & also because of weed problems at the dam but it seems the weed decided to follow us to Montrose. The morning was bitterly cold with threatening rain if not snow & a generally northerly A rig breeze which was constantly changing direction. We set a course off the beach in front of the clubhouse so almost immediately the wind swung to the North & then NE frustrating our efforts to get a reasonable windward beat. As usual the cream quickly came to the top with Michael (04) winning the first race & then the silver fox (05) winning the next 2 races.The breeze continued to move around so after lunch we moved the course into the bay & encountered heavy weed.
In the end not a very satisfactory day so thanks to those who made the effort & to Dave for huddling in his chair as PRO.
Michael won the day from Peter Darcey & Ray Joyce
Good day at the dam today with a mid A rig northerley breeze. Today we used the Swansea handicap system where only the first four place getters were counted in each race & only they had their handicaps adjusted. Started with a scratch race for initial handicaps & as the racing progressed the system started to work quite well. 9 IOM's & Rays DF95 which did very well. I cant tell you the placings because I cant make head nor tail of the results sheet but the photo below is of the days winner. Thanks to Dave for PRO duties.
Yesterdays RM regatta was held at Montrose, the first time the Marblehead fleet has sailed at this venue. Yachts had to be wet launched by a few intrepid wet suit clad skippers (thanks).
The racing started at 10.30 in a top of A rig northerly breeze with half the fleet opting for B rig. John Hall won the first race from a fast finishing Peter Sylvester who after the first race was plagued by winch problems which caused his early retirement. Michael won the next 2 races & then started a string of 5 wins in a row for Ray & John also started to put some good reults together. The breeze lightened off as the day went on & in all 10 races were completed. Congratulations to Ray for a clear win with John in second & Michael third. Thanks to David Murfet for PRO & Stuart Harris for his rescue dinghy efforts.
Next Sunday is scratch IOM at 10 am & the AGM at 2 pm - both at Montrose
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