20 boats was on the water today. They were able to sail thanks to Rod Jackman attacking the weed problem with a steel garden rake borrowed from the caretaker. Well done Rod. (Do you show this much enthusiasm in the garden at home.)
The winds were light from the NW prior to the sea breeze finally setting in in the afternoon but only light.
7 races was contested in the scratch racing to day with David Jones winning 5 of the races. Rod Jackman and Rod Marshall shared the other 2.
Final point scores was David Jones with 11 points followed by Rod Jackman with 16 points. Then followed Tony Brewer with 26 points, Rod Marshall 28 points and Ray Joyce with 29 points. Rod Marshall and Ray Joyce was required at Montrose so they retired at the lunch break.
The handicap racing was a bit of runaway for Stuart Harris who sailed consistently to finish on 21 points from the 7 races with 3 seconds and a first place. Rob Cooney was second on 15 points followed by Kim Potter 0n 13 points. 4 skippers then followed on 12 points. Richard Barwick sailing his DF95. Rob Gavin, Phil Turnbull and Andrew Wardrop who was also called away to Montrose. Wayne Behrens finished with 11 points but had to leave at the lunch break. Don McLoud and John Smith had 10 points apiece. John Hall who has been absent due to knee surgery had 9 points, Geoff Matthews 8 points, Wayne Turner sailing hid DF95 (still no rudder for his IOM) and Dave Murfet with one point. Dave is improving a little each week. Our new member Dennis Perry is slowly learning how to sail a boat. He is finding it just as hard to sail his new boat as it is to catch a trout up in the lake country.
Due to the nationals being held over the next few weeks there will be no sailing at the dam. Hopefully Tas Water will drain more water over this time allowing the sun to shine on the weed. I am sure they will not miss us while the nationals are on.
If you want to sail at the dam during the nationals be sure to follow the club and Tas Water rules and regulations.
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