RM Scratch Summer Series Round 6
Not too much to say today, but going by the results, the competition is closing up, with five of the seven competitors registering a win.
Rod Marshall just keeps improving on the consistency with the Mantra 2, getting a well deserved third, on 35 points.
Stu Dawes also had his Scourge running hot, coming in second, on 22 points.
Ever reliable, Ray Joyce, celebrated his birthday (happy birthday, Ray), taking out first place, with 18 points.
Looks like it was a great warmup for the State RM Championship next week. Entries are still coming in, with 11 entered now - four from the mainland. I'm really looking forward to both competing in, and seeing the other skippers ply their trade against the best in the country. It'll be a cracker of a weekend.
This Wednesday sees the return of the DF95's for the last Mid-Week Handicap for the DF's this year. Let's hope the wind on Wednesday isn't too extreme, and we can get the Wednesday sailors on the water.
Mark in the calendars our end of year presentations for the 20th December. It is Long Distance Day and we will have a BBQ and salads for lunch, as well as presenting the awards for 2020. We will likely extend the long distance day end time to cater for the longer lunch break, but will be sure to let everyone know prior to the day. Even if you aren't sailing on that day, please come along if you can, to celebrate the successes of the year with the club.
IOM Mid Week Handicap
No written report today, but welcome to John Short, one of our new members. Great to see you competing in your first Wednesday Handicap - and winning a race as well.
Well done to David Jones, for winning today, just one point in front of Ray Joyce, with Stuart Dawes only a few points further back in third.
This Sunday sees the Marbleheads on the water, from an earlier 10am start due to low tide later in the day. A great day for a tune up prior to the State Championships the following weekend.
If you are considering entering in the RM State Championships, please get your entry in as soon as possible. We currently have two mainland entries, which is exciting, but just six locals so far.
If you'd like to enter, but don't have a Marblehead, please get in touch with me as soon as you can. There is one Marblehead available to sail for any member, and we might be able to slot a few more in as well. We just need time to match up sailors to yachts from willing donors.
We have also received some good interest in helping for the event, but will always welcome more assistance, even if it is for part of one of the days. Pro and scorer is sorted, along with one rescue boat operator, but more would be really appreciated. Please contact either myself or John Hall if you can help out.
DF95 Scratch Round 5
What a surprise today was.
The committee turned up early for a meeting, and Elwick Bay looked like a mirror. It hadn't changed at the end of the meeting, and by 1240, things were looking positively grim, with no wind on the horizon.
Then, at about 1245, we could see a small amount coming over to us from the Bowen Bridge, and within another 10 minutes, a wondersul southerly had filled in, sending the skippers back to their cars for a change to B rig.
For the first time in weeks, the wind made it easy for Les to set a course for us and we were very quickly into the racing. Ten yachts in all on the water for the first race, but unfortunately, we lost Darc in the second race to rudder servo failure. The MBYC rescue boat thankfully were soon on the scene picking the yacht up and delivered it to our rescue boat, which was also on its way out there.
Thankfully, that was the only breakdown for the day.
The wind strengthened in the middle stages to the top of B Rig, with some considering a change to C, but didn't eventuate. We had a lot of really close racing throughout, which was enjoyed by all.
We must give welcome to new member, John Short, who sailed his DF with us for the first time today. Unfortunately, only equipped with an A rig at the moment, but thanks to some very generous members, John will soon be kitted up with a B Rig as well. Although hampered by an over-powered rig, John really enjoyed himself, and is keen for more racing.
By the time 4pm came around, we had two fighting out for the points today, with Mike Hickman taking the chocolates with 19 points, with David Jones hot on his heels, on 21 points. Stu dawes rounded out the top three, on 31 points.
Well done to everyone today. I can think of very few instances where penalties needed to be called. It's great seeing skippers doing the right thing and taking their penalty turns without being called on to do them. The exact example we want to set.
Results at mysailingresults website
Wednesday is IOM Handicap, starting at 10am - with RM Scratch next Sunday. I believe that next Sundays sailing may start at 11am due to a real low tide next week, but John will be in touch closer to the day.
Good to see so many turn up nice and early today.
Heaps of time to get our yachts ready, have a friendly chat and get the rescue dinghy ready.
Seven sailors fronted up today in a bit of a test of the ability of the club to stage a scratch series or sorts for the RA class. Based on the numbers today, it is enthusiastically supported by our members and will feature again into the future.
Wind early on was non-existent to very light, with Mike's Blister and John CC's Venom taking full advantage of the light conditions.
Unfortunately, John had to leave after four races, but we continued with the six yachts in some very close and competitive racing.
The wind increased a bit towards the end of the day, which is where my GothicA came into its own and racked up some very promising places in the last three races. Interesting with the experimental pocket luff A Main on for the first time today. A very worthwhile experiment.
Chocolates for the day went to Mike - just too good in all conditions, with Lisa coming in a close second, and yours truly in third.
Thanks to Andrew for doing the Pro work for the day, and also to Stu for doing some observing calls as well. A very enjoyable day.
Tomorrow, we will be back at MBYC for DF95 Scratch
IOM Mid Week Handicap
At 9am at Montrose, we had a B rig NNE breeze, but by the time we started, a gentler A rig breeze prevailed which at times was light and fluctuating in direction.
We managed to set some good courses, utilising mark 13 for a long beat back to the finish.
Twelve boats sailing today, with Kim getting line honours in 2 & Peter S 3 wins.
After lunch the breeze freshened for a while from the north for some excellent sailing.
No retirements. Another excellent days sailing at Montrose
RM Summer Scratch Series Round 5
An early start today to coincide with a more reasonable tide, and by the looks of it, was fortunate as well.
Very light winds kept everyone on their A Rigs, and by the conclusion of the 7th race, there was not enough wind left to continue.
A healthy field of eight sailors on the water today, interestingly, with eight different designs as well.
Good decision to close the day down, with the MBYC sailors stuck on the water for half an hour before they abandoned their racing as well for the day.
That said, we had a tie for first today, with Ray Joyce (12pts) edging out John Cole-Cook on countback, with Lisa Blackwood (17pts) in third. Rod Marshall keeping the top three honest, just 2 points behind Lisa.
We are three weeks out from the State RM Championship, and have attracted up to half a dozen interstate entries. If you are keen on sailing with the best talent in the country, get those entries in. It's sure to be a hotly contested and enjoyable championship. We plan to retreat to a nearby establishment for a meal and chat after sailing on Saturday for any people interested.
We are also on the lookout for helpers for the weekend. Help from being observer, start/finish calling and rescue boat operator/s would be very appreciated. Wednesday is the normal IOM Handicap from 10am. Next weekend will be a double header, with A Class racing on Saturday from 1pm and DF95 Scratch on Sunday, also from 1pm
IOM Mid Week Handicap
I thought today we would get a low fleet turnout after a tiring weekend of sailing, but 13 keen skippers turned up for the racing.
Unfortunately 15 didn't even get wet as a result of a rudder servo failure and 74 had electrical issues, so Paul swapped to the club boat 67.
Good to see Paul Jewell and John Banks back sailing and sailing well. John’s Noux was showing excellent boat speed in the light conditions after lunch.
We started with B rigs in a reducing northerly breeze, until lunch, where we changed to A rigs.
Ray forgot his A rig, so gracefully retired after lunch.
Notable performers were Stu Dawes 64, Rod Marshall 51 and the always consistent Phil Jackman 07.
Racing was abandoned after race 7, when the water glassed out .
An excellent days sailing.
Tasmanian IOM State Championship
We started day 1 with a very light northerly as we were setting up, but it changed to the predicted westerly before turning SSW before the first race started. A fantastic field of 19 turned up.
Given the tricky wind direction, we sailed pretty much the same course as our long distance day a few weeks ago, which gave heaps of time to sort out the sailors and gave many options for the actual sailing path, rather than the traditional shorter courses that can resemble a soldiers course at times.
We only got 8 races in today, in both A and B rig conditions, with the longer courses, and the wind delay at the end of the day, before we decided to abandon the day 10 minutes early with lack of wind.
At the end of the day, we have Lisa Blackwood in first position, on 16 points, with David Jones and John Cole-Cook not far behind, both on 19 points. Mike Hickman kicking at their heels, two points further afield.
Day two started with a little more wind than anticipated. The katabatic was in and we had a light northerly as we were setting up for the day.
Unfortunately, that soon dies out, and we attempted to get a start on the racing. The first of the day was painfully slow with the lack of wind, but finally got a result from it. We then had a small delay to wait for something to turn up.
It soon did, and we got one more race, as painful as the first one, before we stopped for a very early lunch in the hope that the expected 1pm SE would come a bit early.
Post lunch, the wind did come up a bit, and we got some fantastic racing in. Many even changed out to B rigs mid afternoon with the increase in wind. In the end with that, there was little advantage gained by either A or B rig.
Unfortunately, we lost a few competitors during the day with equipment failure, but they will be back on the water again very soon.
It must be said that the two days racing was very competitive, with 11 winners across the 20 races. It really shows the level of the field on the weekend.
That said, the field did spread a bit from yesterdays results, and the leaderboard did have a bit of a shakeup.
Lisa Blackwood continued her consistent sailing, stretching her 3 point overnight lead to a convincing 18 point win, on 53 points, with Michael Hickman also very consistent, in second place with 71 points. Ray Joyce shot up the leaderboard today with a great day, finishing in third on 94 points, with Mat Gray making a welcome return to competitive racing in fourth, on 99 points, just ahead of Rod Jackman, in fifth.
No championship can be run without the tireless work of its volunteers. This not only goes to the efforts of the Pro, but alo those who turn up early to get everything ready, and hang around to help pack up. That said, a big thanks has to go to Les Hanson for his work as Pro over the weekend. Setting the courses was a very hard job with 180 degree wind shifts within the one race. Your work is very appreciated. Helping Les, was Anne Cole-Cook and Andrew Wardrop, handling the scoring and observer roles respectively. Your assistance to make the event a success is to be commended.
RBRYC members should be proud of the efforts over the weekend. It was also fantastic to see the amount of the general public, as well as members, both present and past, who stopped to watch over the weekend.
This coming Wednesday is a return to the IOM Handicap, from 10am, and we have the RM Scratch series on next Sunday from 1pm.
IOM Scratch Summer Series Round 5
Ideal racing conditions (again) at Montrose today from the reports to me.
Sailors used B rigs all day. I must say that when I drove past in the late afternoon, the 10 yachts in the water and the competitors on the point looked fantastic. The skippers all getting great practice for the states next week.
Once the results were processed, it looked like the day was very close throughout.
Wayne Behrens taking the day out with his Corby on 33 points, on countback to Ray Joyce in second.
Third place went to Stu Dawes, on 41 points with his home built Woodie Goth.
First and third with home built Woodies
Just seven points covered 4th through to 8th, indicative of the close racing on the day.
Big thanks this week to Anne Cole-Cook, for helping out with PRO duties on the day. It is really appreciated.
This coming Wednesday is DF95 Handicap racing, starting at 10, and next weekend is the IOM State Championship, on both Saturday and Sunday.
If you are considering competing, the on-line entries are linked on our Ranking Events page.
If you aren't competing but would like to help out on either or both days, let me know, so I can add your name to a volunteers list. We have a few northern competitors this time, and will be considering having a BBQ afterwards on Saturday if anyone is interested. Just let me know for catering purposes.
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