I hope all Fathers had a pleasurable day today. Not a bad turn-up for today’s Long Distance racing with ten skippers rigging up, seven with IOM’s and three with Marbleheads. A pleasant sunny spring day with a light but puffy breeze with a lot of north in it and a lot of holes to fall into as well. I got volunteered to do PRO duties so gave everyone their handicaps for Race1. John Neihwenhuizen (sailing his new, my old Pikanto) and Ron Barret were off scratch, Peter Sylvester off 30 seconds, Stu Harris, Darc, David and Wayne off 60 seconds. Andrew Wardrop, Ray Joyce and myself with the Marbleheads of the minimum 3 minutes. The course was the long distance course but leave the inside bay mark to port.
Peter Sylvester took honours in Race 1 with me in second and Stu Harris third who suggested a new course for race 2. Handicaps adjusted, Race 2 was to leave all marks of the regular course to starboard, 2 laps. The Marbleheads cleaned up in that race and that course was ceremoniously forgotten. Back to the original course and the IOM’s counter attacked in Race 3 with David Jones in 1st, Stu Harris 2nd and Darcy in third. Darc sailed well in Race 4 to take honours from Ray Joyce’s Marblehead in 2nd and mine close behind in 3rd. Ray was off 3:10 and I was off 4:20. The Silver Fox took the podium again in Race 5 with Ray in second again and David Jones in third. Stu Harris won Race 6 off a 2 minute handicap from Wayne Behrens off 1:20 and myself off 4 minutes in third. Going into the last race, Peter Darcy had a 4 point lead from myself and Jammie 1 point behind in third overall. I started last off 4:40 as the rest of the fleet were getting frustrated further up the course. There was constant wind on the western shore of the lake so that’s where I headed and sailed right around most of the fleet before the top mark, and it was plain sailing home from there, pardon the pun.
Seven races, six different winners, the IOM’s mixing it with the Marbleheads. First overall was the F3 Marblehead after Darc gave it away with a shocker in the last race, but still good enough to claim second and David Jones sailing well to take out third place.
Next Sunday is IOM racing with handicap racing from 10:30 to 12:30 and scratch racing from 13:00 to 15:00. Peter Darcy is rostered PRO.
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