A much different day today by the looks of it. Some light showers early, descending to large downpours later on in the day, making things rather uncomfortable. A popular and wise decision in the end to call the day a bit early, with the rain looking to remain for the day.
Just the 8 races completed today, to make 24 for the championship. Not a lot of change in the leaderboard. We did have a few yachts not quite make the full journey, with some back soreness and a mystery electrical issue calling an early end to two yachts.
Mat Gray came out champion for 2022, on 47 points, making it back-to-back victories for him. In his acceptance speech, he recognised the fact that it was much harder for him this year, and the overall standard of competition had really picked up in the last 12 months.
Michael Hickman came in second, on 56 points. A very consistent championship, with a 5th being his lowest counted finishing place in the races. Very well deserved 2nd.
Chris Wood took third place, on 58 points. Two wins from the 8 races today really challenging the two ahead of him. Again, a very deserved third place.
A big thanks to our volunteers for the weekend. Les Hanson, our ever-reliable PRO. Ken Dobbie, Rod Marshall and Andrew Wardrop on various start line, observer and boat operating duties. The volunteer work cannot be appreciated high enough, without this, we would not be sailing at all Thank you all for your work on the weekend.
It was interesting to note that we not only had a very wide and varied field of yachts, with 10 different designs out of the 14 yachts sailing, but we also had two "Woodies" sailing (Frank Russell Ellipsis and Jeff Byerley Idiom), as well as a "Classic" (Jeff Byerley Mad Max). Half of the fleet also got to win at least one race, showing the true competitiveness of the fleet.
Thanks also to the non-regulars, who contributed to the fleet size and success of the weekend. By the sounds of it with the chat during the weekend, you all really enjoyed the weekend, and hope to see you all much more often into the future with our sail days.
Coming up on 3/4 December is our Marblehead Class State Championship. This looks to be a fantastic field of entries so far, with up to 6 mainland entries so far. We will need assistance throughout that weekend in order to make the weekend as successful as possible, so if you feel like you'd like to lend a hand, please get in touch with John Hall or myself, so we can keep you in mind when we sort out volunteer roles for the weekend. It doesn't have to be the full weekend, or even a full day. Any time that you can volunteer will be really appreciated.
Photos from yesterday have been posted to both facebook's RC Sailing Tasmania page, and on the RBRYC Website.
Sailing coming up
Wednesday is IOM Handicap at the dam, starting at 11am
Next Saturday, 19th is the "David Murfett IOM Shield" Woodie day, held at Forcett Lakes. This shield is in rememberance of past Commodore, David Murfett. David's family kindly bequeathed David's yachts to the club, to be used as club yachts in order to encourage new members. He was also the first dual member of both MBYC and RBRYC. MBYC have generusly donated the shield for the Woodies in David's honour.
Racing starts at 10am, with a BBQ lunch (bring your own meat) and will conclude at about 2pm.
Next Sunday is DF95 Scratch, at the dam, commencing at 1pm.
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