A good day at the dam today with 13 skippers fronting up to the starter to begin half hour of teams racing.
The fleet was divided into 4 with each of the 3 team skippers allocated a starting position. The first race was a little long so the next two races were shortened which made racing much quicker and as everyone got into the swing of the concept some close action was enjoyed.
The breeze was from the north, then boxed the compass and lightened off as the morning progressed. Not sure which team won as the recording of the finishes left a bit to be desired - it will improve next time.
At 11 am the handicap series with a few scratch races thrown in commenced . Seven races were completed in some trying conditions. In the second last race, Wayne Turner came around the gate with a commanding lead, and tacked inshore for the line & then came to a stop, whilst the rest of the fleet stayed in the middle and passed him. But if you think that’s frustrating Wayne, look at the faces of the golfers in the club who have a constant look of frustration and pain on their faces.
In the end, the day was taken out by a very consistent Richard Barwick (watch out for the handicappers pen next month) on 16 points, with Wayne Behrens in second (24), closely followed by Col Johnson on 27 points.
A quick, informal meeting was held at the end of the lunch break, advising all skippers that the DF95 sailing on the first Wednesday of each month has been such a success, that the committee has resolved to continue the same pattern for the summer months as well, so DF95’s are now established on the first Wednesday of each month. Summer time to be sailed at Montrose
Rob Gavin was taking photos, and no doubt will post them on the website in due course.
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