After quite a few weeks of little wind on a Wednesday today we were gifted a lovely Northerly of about 8 knots which maintained itself consistently throughout the day. Perfect A-rig conditions! Thirteen skippers is a good turn-out for this time of the year and allowed us to get back to formal handicap racing.
Race honours were well shared around with most skippers finding the podium at some time and race winners were from across the handicap spectrum.
The day went to Lisa however by virtue of her consistency – nothing worse than 5th after discards were taken.
Ray showed similar consistency to take second place.
And a great effort by Martin to take third spot with results including two race wins and two third places. His improved boat speed was quite noticeable today.
Congratulations to all!
Next Wednesday it will be handicap racing for DF95’s at the Dam – button at 11:00
Sunday’s scratch racing will be for RM's at Montrose – button press at 10am
A good turnout today with 9 skippers sailing. A few apologies due to ilness and being close contact.
Looks like some really close racing, evident by the fact that 2nd to 4th place was tied up and had to be separated by race wins and 2nd places.
Rod Jackman won the day today, on 20 points.
Ray Joyce edged out Mat Gray and Stu Dawes - all on 23 points.
Ray taking second with two wins, two seconds, a third and two fourths on the day.
Mat Gray also taking two wins, two seconds, a third and one fourth - so second on countback to fourth place results.
On handicap, Mat Gray took the day out on 3 differential poits, with Rod Jackman in Second place, with 2 differential points. 3rd was a tie between Ray Joyce, Phil Turnbull, Andrew Price and Martin Svensen - all on 0 differential points.
Wednesday is IOM Mid Week Handicap at the Dam, button press at 11am as usual. Fingers crossed the weather gods are more favourable to us this week.
DF65 Tasmanian Championships are coming up at the end of next month. We ahve the entry form on the RRYC website in the Ranking Events page. There have been some issues with registering with the ARYA portal, but hopefully they ahve been fixed up. If not, shoot me an email and I'll get your entry put in for you.
The shortest day of the year presented itself as a lovely sunny day.
The 14 skippers who arrived at the dam were, however, disappointed to find not a breath of wind.
Eventually about 5 of the skippers launched and drifted their way around the course in a few casual scratch races.
A very light northerly eventually rewarded their persistence and the last couple of their races were contested in a quite decent breeze.
It was good to see Peter Webberley and John Cole-Cook back at the dam today.
While official results were not taken today Pete Turner did particularly well in the early drifters with his Mad Max and Rod Jackman who is always hard to beat claimed the last couple of races.
This Sunday is a return to DF95 Scratch, at Risdon Brook Dam. Button press at 10am.
Very light conditions for most of the day today, with the wind playing with us, coming from most points of the compass - especially early on.
Eight competitors made it along today, and we were initially met by dead calm, and super foggy conditions. Visibility of about 100m. This caused a half an hour delay before we had any sense of wind, and we soon went out to the point to get started. Just five three completed prior to lunch. Stu Dawes and John Hall in the top two at this stage.
After lunch, the light wind continued initially, before we finally got some good wind after race 5, with a change to B rigs - which lasted for the rest of the day (may have been a bit lazy to go back to the A rigs).
By the end of the 12 races, Stu Dawes was the one who came out on top, on 29 points. Ray Joyce was hot on his heels in second, just one behind on 30, and John Hall rounded out the top 3 on 36 points.
This Wednesday sees the IOM Mid Week Handicap at the dam, with a start at 11am as usual.
After the rain lifted there was a very light northerly blowing and, as eight skippers had turned up, we decided to have some casual scratch racing today.
The wind never amounted to much and by the time that we had completed three races it had deserted us altogether.
Today’s race tally awards a tie to Phil Jackman and Chris Wood that cannot be separated by count-back as they had exactly the same race results. Well done to both.
Some of our regulars and their partners will be heading off for extended road trips this week: Rod Marshall to Port Douglas, Ian Hey on a half-lap of the country via Uluru, and Chris Wood to Birdsville, Yeppoon then down the East Coast. We wish you all safe and happy adventures.
Let us hope for some more favourable weather for next weeks racing.
This Sunday is RM Southern Championship. Our on-line netry is currently having issues, so if you intend on sailing on Sunday, can you please let Kyle or John Hall know so we can write you down as an entry.
We had four hardy souls come along for an A Class Scratch day at MBYC.
Very cold condiitons, and extremely light wind which seemed not to go beyond around 3 knots all afternoon.
We got just the 6 races in until the wind died completely. Mostly close racing, but the poor GothicA wasn't quite up to the pace this weekend. The other three had a good tight race day though.
Mike showed his excellent light weather skill, winning the day on just 6 points.
John Cole-Cook also sailed very well, second on 10 points.
Rod Marshall sailed the club Venom, which also had very good pace, coming in third, just two behind John with 12 points.
Today was IOM Scratch with a good field of 9 sailors turning up in cold and overcast conditions.
We got 11 races completed. Sailed in various A rig conditions with the last two on B rig.
Mat Gray put in a master class, with 7 wins from the 11 races, coming out a convincing winner on 14 points.
Just as consistent was Michael Hickman, with five seconds and a first, on 23 points.
Lisa Blackwood rounded out the top three, taking three wins for the day as well, on 31 points.
On handicap today, Lisa Blackwood and Rod Jackman are joint winners on 2 net points, with Chris Wod and John Hall joint 3rd spot with 1 net point.
Big thanks, as always, to Les for his consistent PRO work today.
The club also had its AGM today. As a collective, I'd like to thank the outgoing committee for their work for the last year, and would also like to welcome in the new committee for the next 12 months. I'll send out an email soon with the minutes and pertinant information from the meeting for all.
This coming Wednesday is IOM Mid Week Handicap, starting at 11am at the dam, with Long Distance Handicap on next Sunday, also at the dam - button press at 11am.
Also one for the calendar if you are interested. Our friends at Forcett Lakes are having an IOM Classics handicap day on Monday 13th June (Queens Birthday Holiday), starting at 11am. Classic being defined as a boat number older (smaller) than 1100.
A cool day to welcome in the first day of winter and many of the regulars decided to stay at home. So with only eight skippers fronting it was decided to shelve regular DF handicap and instead have some casual scratch racing. Casual but keenly contested that is.
By rolling the racing quickly from one race to the next we were able to have 10 races in the morning beating the impending rain.
Rod Jackman showed why he is the current National champion winning four of the races. Congratulations Rod. Great also to see Stuart Dawes making a Wednesday fixture and taking second spot. Wayne Berhens, who looked unbeatable at the start of the day taking three early wins, completed the podium
Competitors please note that the usual ‘bonus points’ offered for handicap sailing were removed when tallying todays points.
Next Wednesday will be an IOM handicap sheild day 11:00 AM at the dam.
Saturday has MBYC hosting some A Class rsailing from 10am for those who are interested.
Sunday’s Sailing will be for IOM's at Montrose with button press at 10am, followed by the club's AGM.
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