A blustery Northerly wind of about 10 – 20 knots was causing choppy conditions for today’s DF95 handicap. All skippers made the choice of B-rig for the morning session and they were definitely needed as even with the smaller rig squally gusts caused havoc.
Boat handling and correct tuning for the difficult conditions made the difference in the morning and so it was the more experienced skippers who did well during this session. In the afternoon the wind had settled enough for a rig change for the last three races. Again the choice of A-rig was universal which always results in fairer and closer sailing.
Huge thanks to Andrew Wardrop who took on PRO duties today. We all thoroughly appreciated the way that he kept the racing moving quickly as there was a fair bite to the wind.
It was great to see new member, Dave Woolley, on the course and sailing really well in the challenging conditions. Dave led the fleet on several occasions only to fall in a hole metres away from the race finish.
And Commodore Rod Marshall added a brand new DF95 to our fleet and scored a couple of race wins too!
Third overall today was Ray Joyce who was always at the front end and took an overall podium spot without scoring a race win today.
Second place was taken by Stuart Dawes who sailed particularly well in the rough morning conditions.
Today’s winner was Buzzy Behrens who had six podium finishes on his scorecard. Well done Wayne, Stuart and Ray.
The conditions today gave an excellent work-out for the State championships on the weekend. We wish all our members who are making the trip to Launceston all the best.
No club racing this weekend due to the DF95 championships.
Next Wednesday: Handicap racing for IOM’s at the dam. (11:00 button). (Note: Wednesday handicap sailing for IOM’s for the whole of August!)
For the A Class sailors. We are looking at having a sail day on Saturday, 5th August so get the yachts ready. We'll post updates once everything is confirmed.
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