It was a fine and warm day for handicap racing at Risdon Brook Dam. Eleven skippers turned up for today’s DF95 event.
We welcomed visitor Mike Geeves who has just purchased a DF95 but has not yet put it together. Mike sailed Wayne’s boat this morning. Mike was only able to stay for the morning’s races but in that time showed that he can sail around the course quite well.
A sea breeze was always on the cards today. It filled in at the day proceeded and was at its best for the final races. Skippers encouraged PRO Andrew Wardrop to keep us sailing late into the afternoon so that we could complete ten races and enjoy the best of the wind.
There was a surprisingly high attrition rate today with quite a few of the boats not seeing the day out.
Working the shifts proved to be the key to success today and to do it consistently was the feature that sorted out the overall place getters. The scratch markers were hard to beat with Ray taking out first place overall with a tally of just 4 points. Stuart Dawes took second place with two race wins in his tally. Lisa Blackwood who was always near the front of the fleet was third overall.
There will be scratch racing for IOM’s this Sunday at Montrose. (Button-press 1:00.) And next week’s Wednesday handicap at the dam will also be for IOM’s. (Button-press 11:00)
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