When we first arrive the discussion was whether an A-rig or B-rig would be best for today’s DF95 handicap event at the dam. But by the time that racing started the wind built to a steady 25 knots. Those that had a C-rig chose it and those that didn’t have one wished that they did. In short it was a windy, squally day - there was plenty of knock-downs and nose-diving on the down-wind legs and and granny gybing on the upwind legs. A hard day at the office for some!
Special mention goes to David Woolley who was the only B-rigged skipper to finish all races today – well sailed Dave.
Bodge was vying for the lead in race #5 but chose the outer mark (2) at the final gate only to find that the buoy had broken free of its moorings and he had to chase it before he could go around it! It probably cost him that race.
Phil Jackman officiated as PRO today – huge thanks Phil. He gave Andrew Wardrop his boat to sail for the day. Andrew has been out of DF95 sailing for a fair while but has lossed none of his skills finishing the day 3rd - including a race win in the second race. Not bad especially as it really was a day for the C-rigged boats which took 1st, 2nd and 4th placings.
Second went to Ray Joyce who spent much of the day giving all of the other skippers 30 seconds head-start.
And today’s winner was Pete Sylvester who finished the day with an all podium scorecard, and minus 2 points overall, once bonuses and discards were taken into account. Congratulations Andrew, Ray and Pete.
Some will be travelling up North for the DF65 state titles but there will still be DF95 scratch racing on Sunday at the dam for those who don’t. Button press at 10:00. Please, if you are intending on sailing on Sunday, can you let either Kyle or Ray know as we will need a minimum of 5 sailors on site in order to have enough for the rescue boat if needed. Without acknolwdgement of enough sailors turning up, the day will be cancelled.
Next Wednesday’s handicap will be for IOM’s at the Dam. Button press at 11:00
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