Eleven sailors enjoyed fantastic sailing conditions today.
A Rigs were the call of the day, with the breeze staying light throughout - magically, at 1pm, it died completely, right on script.
Ray Joyce jumped out of the blocks early, taking bullets from the first two races, with Rod Jackman right behind. The first two were a good tune up for Lisa, with nice new sails fitted, who then proceeded to take out the next four races. John Hall and Andrew Wardrop also enjoyed some real good, consistent results in the middle stanza.
The last part of the day had Rod, Ray, Kyle, and Lisa enjoying some really good wins in the increasingly light conditions.
In the end, Lisa's consistency was simply too good, rounding out a great birthday week for her - finishing on 13 points. Rod Jackman took out second with a very consistent day, on 18 points, with Ray Joyce taking third, on 26 points.
I put in todays results into our magic handicap spreadsheet, built to rules conceived by yours truly, and made possible by John Short. On handicap today, we had three winners. Well done to John Hall, Andrew Wardrop and myself, tying for first place on 3pt differential, and Rod Marshall in fourth place with a .2pt differential.
For those wishing to know how the handicap is developed, the last five completed rounds are tallied for each skipper. A weighting is applied to each race (ie 3rd out of 15 is weighted higher than 3rd out of 6) and these weightings are averaged over the last 5 rounds completed. The skippers are then ranked according to their combined weighting. Skippers on a race day are ranked according to their weighting and then the handicap differential is the difference between the skippers weighted rank on the day and their actual finish placing.
Of note also today, it was great seeing so many sailors helping each other out in the breaks, and offering advice. The sharing of knowledge is really appreciated and will only enhance us further as a club as the differential between the established and newer skippers gets closer. It's great to see not only a club sailing together, but a community of like minded people, sailing and enjoying each others company.
Thanks, as always to our officials. Les Hanson, doing the Pro work again for us and Anne Cole-Cook, for helping with the scores
Results at mysailingresults website
Wednesday is our DF95 Monthly Handicap, from 11am. If skippers are ready at 10, there quite possibly will be a few scratch races to warm up.
Next Sunday is Mothers Day, and as such, there is no scratch racing. However, we will be running our Long Distance Handicap on Sunday for those able to make it. By the sounds of it, there will be an eclectic mix of IOM, RM and A Class coming along. Sunday will start at the normal 11am Long Distance start time.
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