A small, but keen number of skippers turned up today for the State RM Regatta. We were met with light and very variable winds, and as such, we all started in A Rig, but were pushed on to B rig after about four races. This continued until about race 12, where a few skippers went back to A, with the rest staying on their B’s. We had the full gamut of conditions on-water, from mill pond to reasonable surfing conditions.
John Cole-Cook looked like he was going to upset perennial winner, Ray Joyce, with having a good lead at the lunch break, with Ray in stalking distance in third. After the main break though, Ray hit his straps and dominated the afternoon, winning every race post lunch.
Everybody got their chance to shine, with podium positions secured by all – Rod Marshall breaking through with a few bullets in his new Mantra 2 (watch out once he has it all tuned to perfection).
In the end, Ray’s consistency won out, scoring a fine 18 points from the 13 races, with John Cole-Cook coming in on second with 28 points, just holding out yours truly on 19.
An enjoyable day for all involved.
Big thanks goes out to les Hanson, for being our Pro for the day. Your help is really appreciated by us all.
In the next week
A beautiful day for sailing, sunny and a light northerly breeze.
Weed was a bit of a problem with the early scratch races but gradually dissipated for the handicap series.
Many thanks to those who volunteered for PRO duties (Rod Jackman, Chris Wood & Stuart Harris)
Well done to Phil Jackman, who came out the winner of the day for the second week running. Handicapper might have you now though J
Rod Marshall sailed his Cockatoo very well, finishing in second, just 3 points off Phil, with David Jones taking out third place, holding off Paul Jewell by countback.
A lovely Spring day welcomed the 10 sailors today, with fresh West to north Westerly winds keeping all yachts well into B rig throughout. Weed was close enough to a non-entity today, with the sailors instead having to get used to a nice amount of wave action throughout the day. Certainly one to enjoy surfing downwind with the waves today. Welcome back to Jammy, fresh from his exploits on the mainland.
We got 10 races in for the round today, with Pro’s David Murfet and Les Hanson making sure we got the most out of our time. Special thanks must go to David and Les. Makes a big difference with a team running the day as they did.
On to the results, and Mike came away the winner today, on 23 points. Keeping Mike honest, was yours truly on24, with Rod Jackman only just behind on 26 points.
A great weekends sailing, with 30 races completed over the two days. Quite a number of close tussles in amongst the places during the weekend, and some great sportsmanship demonstrated throughout. A big thanks must go to John Hall, who PRO’d the event with grace and polish, and also to Les Hanson and Ken Dobbie, who also filled in throughout the weekend in official capacities, whether that was scoring, observing, or giving John a break from the starts and finishes.
Pretty sure every competitor walked away looking forward to the next A Class event, the Herb Tyson Memorial in a month’s time.
Really looking forward to seeing the A Class yachts again grace MBYC then.
This time around, Joh Cole-Cook proved to be too consistent, easily running out victorious, with Mike Hickman in second, and Lisa Blackwood in third. Unfortunately, equipment failure saw Lisa out of the last few races, just when it was really hotting up between herself and John for the championship.
On an aside note – congratulations to Ray Joyce, who was in SA, competing in the RM Championship over there. A well subscribed event, with 21 competitors. Ray finished the Championship in a very respectable 7th place. Thowaways of two 8th’s and a 9th shows the consistency that he sailed with over the course of the weekend. Quite strong winds there, I believe, with much of the championship on C Rig.
What started to look like a cancelled day with the rain, ended up being a brilliant sailing day for the six sailors today. Gusty top of A rig conditions throughout much of the day, and some really enjoyable races in the bay, with control area on the floating pontoon.
5 of the 6 skippers got a win - not bad for an 8 race day.
Personally, my fist time in the DF95 since January, and it was a really enjoyable outing. Looking forward to the next one.
Congrats to Richard Barwick - the trip from the Huon was quite worth it, three wins and taking the day out on 3 net points, on a count back from Wayne Behrens. Mike Hickman took the third podium place, just 3 points away, with Andrew Wardrop and Phil Turnbull just the three points adrift from Andrew.
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