A light southerly greeted the 15 competitors today for the Tasmanian IOM State Championship.
Our PRO, Jeff Byerley got us under way nice and quickly after the debrief and we got in four races before it was decided to call an early lunch in the hope of a better breeze developing afterwards.
As if made to order, we then changed to B rigs before resuming after lunch and continued the day on them with an ever-increasing level of wind - all from the south to south east, up to around 18 knots, before finishing the day with 13 races completed.
We had some attrition with equipment failure, but hope to ahve everyone back tomorrow for the second day of the championship.
Some really good, close, tight racing making a really enjoyable day today, which I am sure will continue tomorrow as well.
Clubhouse leader today is Mat Gray, on 21 points, with Michael Hickman holding second on 35, with Lisa Blackwood in third on 44 points. Plenty of time though, for things to develop and challenges to be made.
Big thanks today to our crew of volunteers, with Jeff carrying out the PRO duties, and Les Hanson and Ken Dobbie ably assisting with start/finish line calls and observing duties.
Tomorrows sailing starts at 1000. Any volunteer assistance from our membership or wider audience for observer duties and/or rescue boat duties will be very appreciated tomorrow, for any amount of time that you may have available.
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