We were greeted at the dam with no discernable breeze. Eventually a small wiff of breeze was detected and we started a scratch race
Because of the very light breeze it was decided to do scratch races as the light breeze would not make things fair.
Eventually a light sea breeze came in and 10 races was completed. Thanks to Kim & Andrew for there PRO work.
It was good to see in the results that every skipper gained at least one podium finish during the day.
Stu Dawes had a great day out, comfortably winning the day on 14 points.
Wayne Behrens also sailed extremely well, taking second place on 22 points.
Mat Gray was close behind in third, on 24 points.
This weekend is the DF95 George Fish Memorial State Championship, sailing both Saturday and Sunday at the Dam. Please get entries in if you wish to sail on the weekend.
I have got word back from the Risdon Dam Park Run people, and they will be clear of the dam by 10am, so we will be starting a bit late on Saturday - with access alowed tot he dam from 10am. The first button press will be half an hour late at 11am to allow people to arrive and get set up. Sunday will be the normal start time per the NoR.
Wasn't able to make it myself today, so no real descriptions on the days sailing.
That said, it looks like Lisa Blackwood had a great day out. with a fairly comfortable win for the day on 14 points.
Michael Hickman made 2nd place with 19 points, with Stu Dawes taking out the 3rd podium spot on 24 points.
On handicap, Michael Hickman and John Hall won the day, each with 2 net points, with Lisa Blackwood rounding out the top 3 with 1 net point.
A big thanks to those volunteers who could make it to the cleanup yestarday at MBYC. We managed to pull in all the buoys, recondition all of them and re-set them back in to place. We were hoping to just get them all in and work on them through the week, but the many hands on deck and high pressure hose really made things much easier.
Anyne wanting Mussels, we could have almost gone commercial yesterday with the amount of them on the buoy ropes.
Thankyou to John Hall, Ray Joyce, Stuart Dawes, Kyle Stewart, John Short, Andrew Wardrop, Rod Marshall for coming out yesterday.
This coming Wednesday we have DF95 Handicap at the dam, button press at 11.
Next weekend is the DF95 George Fish Memorial State Championship (Sat and Sun). We currently have 10 entries, but it would be fantastic if we could build on that. It is at the dam, and stay tuned for the start time, as it may need to be delayed by an hour for the regular Park Runners. I'm waiting on a response from the organiser in that regard.
What a day today. Pretty sure it hit 20C during the day for the six skippers at MBYC.
A slow start with very light winds gave us only two races before the pin was pulled for a BBQ lunch (thanks Lisa for organising the sausages).
After an extended lunch and chat about world events etc, the breeze started to come in for us, which strengthened to a beautiful sea breeze by the time we finished the 12 races.
A fantastic hit out for the four skippers who are heading to the Nationals in three weeks time.
Lisa was dominant today with the Blister, a comfotable winner on 13 points.
Ted and his Sweet 9 romped home in second place, on just 18 points. He had the yacht going very well today. Thanks again Ted for coming down from Launceston to sail with us.
Rod Marshall sailed some extremely good races, and would have been much closer to Ted overall, if it wasn't for some work that needed to be done on the yacht mid way through the afternoon. He finished very stongly on the day.
Thanks everyone for coming out today and having a really good long sail today. I am sure everyone enjoyed both the sailing and the company.
Today was a welcome warmish 21oC with a 0 - 5 knot North-Westerly at the Dam. This breeze did fade as the day proceeded, and after lunch it backed to the South West and did not get much above 2 knots. Never-the-less we sailed out the day and PRO Kim Potter did a great job getting us through the 10 races. Thanks to you Kim.
We had lost another of our buoys between race week and as this was one of the starting buoys we couldn’t do without it. Big thanks to Ray and all the others who pitched in to rectify the situation quickly so that we could get sailing on time.
Most skippers had ‘mixed fortunes’. Everyone got to the podium but most also carried some ordinary performances. Those with only two ordinary races that could be discarded did the best today in what was a really close points table.
John Hall took out the day with consistent performances but without winning a race! Chris Wood took second place, (good to see you racing again Chris). Then came the rest of the field with Peter Sylvester wrestling third spot from Phil Jackman on countback. Postions 3 - 13 were separated only by 7 points and there was plenty more count-back involved in separating the final placings. Congratulations to the place-getters!
Now - an important word on parking. We need to be conscious of the needs of our more senior skippers. It is difficult for older skippers to rig and carry their boats if they have to park and rig up on the hill in the bush area. If you are younger and fitter and can rig in the bush area then please respect the needs of others by doing so. If you are an older skipper (over 80) then you should have the privilege of parking in the level concrete area and if no space is available when you arrive then park near the ramp and someone will move to allow you to have a suitable spot.
A reminder that tomorrow will see A Class action at Montrose from 11am.
CHANGE OF CALENDER
With the upcoming DF95 state titles we have decided to make some changes to the racing calander. This is so those competing can have more practice sessions and it also avoids having a DF95 race immediately after the championships which would be poorly attended. So:
Sunday 25th Sept DF95 scratch racing at the dam 10:00 button.
Wednesday 28th Sept DF95 handicap at the dam 11:00 button.
Saturday 1st Oct DF95 state titles at the dam
Sunday 2nd Oct DF95 state titles continued (enter on-line at the ARYA site.)
Wednesday 5th Oct IOM handicap at the dam.
So it’s a DF95 fest coming up! When is too much DF95 ever enough!
The day started with 9 sailors greeted with a gentile northerly breeze which gradually built up to top of A rig at times.
Several sailors changed to B rig which was a mistake as the wind settled down. Some good racing and a good course set by our PRO Les who kept us under control.
Thanks, as always, to Les for your work as PRO today.
Clear winner today, was Mat Gray, on just 15 points - his two discards being 3rd places!!
Second today, by countback, was John Cole-Cook, on 27 points, edging out Michael Hickman in third with one extra win during the day.
On handicap, John Cole-Cook took out the honours, with 4 rank differential points. John Hall came second on 1 point, with Mat Gray and Martin Svenson taking third, with 0 rank diff points.
Wednesday will be IOM Handicap at the dam, button press at 11am.
On Thursday, MBYC will be hosting the first A Class Pennant Day for the club this season. This Pennant is envisaged to go for four rounds, all on public holidays. Dates scheduled are Thursday 22/9/22 (Queens National Day of Mourning), Thurs 26/1/23 (Australia Day), Mon 13/2/23 (Regatta Day) and Mon 13/3/23 (Regatta Day). Sailing this Thursday starts at 11am with a BBQ lunch.
The following Sunday (25th September) is DF95 Scratch at the Dam.
It was a beautiful sunny day today and a 5 - 12 knot North Westerly breeze found its way to the dam. During the morning the breeze was a little more to the west and there were some significant calm patches and direction shifts. After lunch it had settled in a knot or two stronger, and more from the North. There has been a bit of weed at the dam over the past few weeks and again today a few of the skippers has the misfortune to find some.
Kim Potter has his boat locked away in a storage container while he moves house but that has meant that he is available for PRO duties which he ably took on today. Kim was assisted by Mat Gray. Huge thanks to you both.
Race Honours were well shared around with 7 different race winners and all skippers making the podium at some stage today.
Third place overall today was a tie between Rod Marshall and Andrew Wardrop with Rod taking the honours on count back by virtue of two race wins.
Second place went to Stuart Dawes who features regularly on the Wednesday podium. Stuart paid the price today though by getting too many podium spots and handicap penalties early in the day.
Today’s winner was Jammy Jones fresh back from three months in Queensland. The holiday has not hurt you at all Jammy!
Sunday’s sailing will be for IOM’s at the dam, button press at 10:00.
Next Wednesday’s handicap we will also be for IOM’s button press at 11:00
An eventful day today to conclude the A Class state Championship.
A few major course changes with the ever changing wind, both in direction and strength.
Becalmed at stages, and not long after, some 25 knot bullets shooting through on us all.
Unfortunately, not all yachts made it through unscathed, with some hull damage and rig damage occuring, but overall, the day was enjoyed by all competitors.
Mike Hickman continued his dominance from day 1 with four first places today. A fantastic championship, with drops of just a fifth, a fourth and two 3rds. A dominant display, winning the championship (for the 14th time from my understanding) with just 35 points from the 24 races.
Also sailing very well, was Lisa Blackwood, who took out second place on 56 points. Very hard to catch up to Mike with his 10 point buffer from day 1.
Stuart Dawes took out third place, jumping from 4th from the first day. Sailing the borrowed Venom very well, especially in the lighter and more fickle conditions. A fantastic effort with a yacht that he was not familiar with.
We had two untested yachts also sail on the weekend, with the Blister 3 and its sister, Blister 4 making their debuts on the water. Both showing some great speed and when settled down and sorted, will be extremely competitive.
It was great to see also, the wide smile from Nigel Cropp, after taking our his first championship race win in race 20. well done Nigel - I'm sure there will be more there for the taking in the future.
We had 7 of the 11 yachts take out a win over the two days, with every yacht getting at least one podium finish during the event, showing that the yachts were much closer than the end scorelines may indicate.
Thankyou to the NWRYC for hosting the event. We all really enjoyed competing, and look forward to next time when we all sail together.
A big thankyou to Ian Dickinson, who sacraficed sailing the event, to PRO. Your skill in officiating, and setting courses in some quite difficult conditions was second to none, and appreciated by all.
Lastly, thank you to the Overton family, for hosting the event at such short notice. Without your generousity, the event would have been postponed. A fantastic property and fantastic location.
A good fleet of 11 A Class sailors turned up today for the first day of the A Class State Championship. Interestingly, 8 of the 11 yachts are Jon Holmes designed hulls, two hit the water for the very first time today.
PRO Ian Dickinson got us all under way after his brief briefing and we managed to get 6 races in prior to lunch. Very light conditions early, testing everyone.
As expected, it looked to be a tight tussle between the top two, with results pretty evenly spread thereafter.
After lunch, a further 7 races were completed, also in some testing conditions.
Variable wind directions and strength kept us all on our toes.
At the end of day one, we currently have Mike Hickman in the lead, on 19 points, with Lisa Blackwood a further 10 behind in second, on 29 points. Kyle Stewart rounds out the top thee, with a precarious grip on third, with 36 points.
It was great to see the sailing hotly contested, but also in the right spirit amongst competitors. Looking forward to tomorrow with the conclusion of the championship.
While there was a consistent North Easter on the Derwent not much of it came through to the Dam and we struggled with swirling light breezes from around the compass.
Top effort from PRO Andrew Wardrop for setting good courses in the challenging conditions and getting us through ten races. Thanks Andrew.
New member Stephen Robinson joined us again today. Stephen is still coming to grips with radio sailing but managed a nice win in race nine. Well done Stephen.
Patience, skill and luck were all needed today but all skippers got to the podium at some stage.
Third place overall today went to Phil Turnbull who finished the day strongly.
Second was taken by Stuart Dawes who peeled off two straight wins at the start of the day. (Three if you count the scratch race prior to starting.)
I managed to take today’s series out and this followed a win yesterday at Puddleduck Vineyard. Some potential at last!
All the best to those travelling to Devonport for the A class titles at the weekend. It looks like a really good quality fleet.
There will be no club sailing this weekend in view of the A class titles. I am pretty sure however that Forcett would welcome anyone at a loose end and wishing for an IOM sail.
Next Wednesday’s handicap at the dam will be for IOM’s. Button press at 11:00.
Todays sailing started with a moderate northerly breeze which gradually petered out by the end of sailing.
There was some close racing with every competitor having a podium finish.
There was some weed about which affected some results
Thanks again to Les for the PRO work and keeping us sailors in line
I wish all A Class competitors good sailing for next weekend in the State Championship
On the state champs next week, the guys up the NW checked out Winspears and it was full of weed. they have been fortunate enough to have had a chat to the landowner at Moriarty, who suggested to move to his dam. This is accessibe from the roundabout at the Mersey General Hospital (turn right for those travelling from the south on to Moriarty Rd). Address is 348 Moriarty Rd. It is a wet launch (but some of the more mobile can help you out if needed) and cannot be accessed prior to 0900. There may be some parking restrictions over the weekend, but this will be communicated out to everyone once all details are sorted.
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