Best fleet (20) of the summer fronted the starting line today in fresh generally B rig NW conditions with some interesting changes in wind directions exacerbated by the low dam level, but it does seem that the drop in level has slowed.
Inside buoys 3 & 5 were moved out a few metres to allow for weed. The usual scratch commenced at 10 am with some close racing. When the handicap started the fleet was split between A & B rigs, with most changing to B rig as the wind increased. Ray, however, stayed with A rig up to lunchtime, which was the foundation for his win today.
Final results saw Ray 1st, Silver Fox 2nd & 112 3rd. Wine today goes to Ray & Rod J in 4th, which is a bit of a travesty as he doesn't drink the stuff. A bottle of wine was also awarded by the PRO, John Banks to the “best & fairest”, Rob Cooney, who came today after a long absence dealing with health issues - good to see you back Rob.
Many thanks to John Banks for a well run series.
A bit of a sad day as well, as we bid farewell to a true gentleman Tony Brewer, who with wife Kim has decided to return to New Zealand after many years in Tasmania. I think you will all agree that it has been a great pleasure to know & sail with Tony & we wish he & Kim well in the future. If they find they can no longer understand the odd language in Kiwi Land, we would surely welcome them back.
Finally I have just been sent a spread sheet by the GCC showing that the installation of the pontoon at Montrose will commence on the 6th of March & be completed by the 26th of March - which year ? your guess is as good as mine. Fingers crossed
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