It was a beautiful day at Risdon Brook Dam today – 19 degrees, clear blue skies and a light 0-5 knot mostly northerly wind. Despite the lovely day only eight skippers fronted for today’s competition.
While the wind did shift quite prodigiously at times and wane significantly it never left the fleet completely becalmed. PRO Andrew Wardrop got us through the full complement of ten races by 2 o’clock. Thank you Andrew.
For success today you needed either an ounce of luck or a lot of skill. Frequently race leaders who were beating slowly upwind lost their advantage when following boats came with a strong gust from behind.
Race honours were well shared around today with all skippers but one winning at least a race. (And Trout who bravely fronted today following a back operation did manage a 2nd place in his mix today.)
Phil Turnbull well deserved the overall win today with solid results including three wins two 2nds and a third. Extremely well sailed Phil.
Peter Darcey frequently appears on the podium and took second place today (Two wins, two 2nds and a 3rd). Congratulations Darce!
And I managed third after frequently surrendering the lead in the last leg to the finish.
Sunday’s sailing for Marbleheads will be at Montrose starting at 1pm to take advantage of the tide.
Next Wednesday will be IOM handicap at the Dam at 11:00.
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