We have waited four Wednesdays for a decent breeze at the dam, and today we had superb sailing conditions with a mid/upper A rig northerly breeze, with some shifts that kept everyone on their toes.
Thirteen boats were racing with the 14th a non-starter, due to a rudder servo failure. The skipper however, was seen later sailing 183, and putting up some very good results.
The scratch racing prior to the handicap series was the domain of Rod J and Jammy, with a few others getting a look in from time to time.
The handicap series was a start a t5/6 to 8/7 to 5/6 to 8/7 with 3/4 as a gate and then finishing at the start. The Sylvester/Behrens combination sailing 183 ( not at the same time ) may well prove that 2 heads are better than one. Ted Laing came in second, by countback, with David Murfet rounding out the podium in third, just four points behind.
Many thanks to John Banks again, for conducting a really good day.
At lunch time, Chris Wood led a discussion on the Strategic Plan prepared by Rob Gavin. People seemed happy with it. The one suggestion that arose from Rod J who is about to disappear for his usual 6 months crocodile hunting expedition, was to trial one Wednesday a month as a scratch racing day with some of the better sailors being rostered out to provide coaching advice.
As there was general support we will flesh this suggestion out next Wednesday to see how it might all work.
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