Laying in bed this morning, wind blasting through the trees, rain bashing on the window, thinking that it would not be too nice at the dam. Check the BoM website, and then the Hobart Water site and the dam is still open.
Get to the dam, and a very strong WNW with gusts of about 35 knots blasting down the length of the dam. Instantly changed my mind - this is going to be fun. As I mentioned to another sailors today "fun starts at 30 knots :) )
We had eight like minded souls there today for the second last DF scratch for the year. All dressed in C Rigs, with the exception of one D rig.
After the first race, they all had matching C Rigs, and had a blast for 11 races, with the heavy wind, waves to surf and a course to navigate.
Not one breakdown today, or rescue, showing how reliable we ahev got these yachts now.
Mat Gray and Stuart Dawes showed their class and consistency throughout the day, registering half the wins for the day. Everyone got in soeme great races, but some fortunate drops as well, as a bad tack cost very dearly today, as did not selecting the right wind phases for what tack you were on.
After 11 high octane, (mostly) heavy winded races, Mat Gray ended up being the most consistent, winning the day with just 18 points.
Stu Dawes came in second, with 22 points with Kyle Stewart taking out third on 26 points.
On handicap today, Mat Gray tied for first with Kyle Stewart, both on 4 net points, with Phil Turnbull taking third, with 1 net point. Gotta say, I double checked the spreadsheet with the handicap results, but Mat had a lean previous 6 rounds with the DF, but the system will start to catch up with him now.
In other news, we had Richard Fisher in Qld competing in the Laser National Championships. Missing the first 4 races yesterday as he had flown in yesterday morning, he finished day 1 in fourth position with a number of first places. Hoping for a good day today to scrub off his missed races, but unfortunately didn't eventuale for him. Cruelled by some poor reception betwene the transmitter and receiver due to a mobile phone tower being rather close caused him to finish just a few races today, and finished the championship in 6th position.
Congrats for such a great showing in the races you could compete in Richard.
Wednesday is IOM Mid Week Handicap at the dam, from 11am, with RM Scratch next Sunday, button press at 1pm.
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