The Australia Day Regatta was concluded today in some very interesting conditions to say the least.
One minute there is barely enough breeze for even an A Rig, and the next, we need to have the C's on. We even found some holes that had the wind swirling as if in a low speed whirlwind.
Les had the handicaps all sorted with his usual aplomb, with Anne Cole-Cook ably assisting, also assisted by Ken Dobbie at the start/finish line.
Four races were completed by lunch time, where we retired to the club for a BBQ lunch and 2020 presentations. An email will come out very shortly celebrating our 2020 winners. That said, lunch would not have been possible without the help of Andrew and Deb Wardrop and Rod and Carol Marshall.
Post lunch, we had a further four races, before calling the close of the day, seventeen races for the event.
Third place for the Regatta was John Hall, who sailed extremely well throughout with both his A Class and RM. A seventh being his worst counted score. Great consistency.
Second place, was one of our northern visitors, Andy Hamilton, with his Corby 6 Woodie. Andy was also extremely consistent, and has really dialed in his yacht, as well as getting on top of the often fickle and tidal conditions over the two days.
The winner of the inaugural Australia Day Regatta, was Ray Joyce, who sailed his Britpop superbly over the two days. He seemed to finish within the top 4 or five on most occasions. Congratulations Ray.
There has got to be some recognition for the volunteers over the event, as well as two of our travellers. Les Hanson, Anne Cole-Cook and Ken Dobbie for officiating across the event. Andrew and Deb Wardrop, and Rod and Carol Marshall for supplying us with a wonderful BBQ lunch and salads, and of course Montrose Bay Yacht Club (and Rod Marshall again) for supplying and renovating the Australia Day Handicap Shield. Also big thanks to Andy Hamilton and Ted Stevens for making the trip down to compete with us. It's always enjoyable to have you guys sail with us and look forward to not only having you back in the future, but also returning the favour and heading up north to sail with you as well.
Tomorrow's Mid Week Handicap has been cancelled for this week, given we have had three sail days in a row, but will be back to normal next week.
This Sunday is DF95 Scratch racing, starting from 1pm.
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