A gusty North Westerly of between 10 and 20 knots proved both testing and frustrating in the early races at the dam today.
If you carried the A rig knock-downs were often – but if you carried the B rig you were left wanting in the frequent light patches.
Many skippers did several rig changes throughout the morning only to find that they had re-rigged with a poorer choice. Coping with the conditions with whatever rig you had on seemed to be the secret to success during the morning.
During the lunch break conditions moderated considerably. It was A rig conditions with wind shifts around the compass for the last four races.
Chris Wood was the winner today with his new V11. It was the first time at the dam for this impressive boat. Chris had no finish worse than 6th even before discards. Well sailed Chris.
Second place went to the ever-consistent Wayne Behrens.
Third place was taken by Rod Marshall with another boat new to our fleet. Rod’s Red Ant Blitz looked really fast under both A and B rigs.
Thanks as always to our Wednesday PRO John Banks.
Sunday’s sailing is for Marbleheads (10:00 at Montrose). Next Wednesday will again be IOM handicap at the dam.
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