Today's Marblehead racing was enjoyed by a very keen small crew of skippers. Three of our RM stalwarts had other commitments, hence only five met on the start line. For the first race four of the crew went to their A rigs however Ray with his Katana went to his B rig, and each carried their choices for the 11 races.
Racing at Montrose Bay was a delight in so many aspects. The consistent breeze, the visual pleasure of the River Derwent with the racing Sabres beyond, and a quite beer together after.
I can see Montrose Bay can become quite addictive.
There were a few hook ups around one of the starting buoys, and the VC takes responsibility for not adjusting the counterbalance line properly, when setting the course. Sorry guys.
Never-the-less the racing was excellent, with a windward, leeward course twice around. The run-out tide was interesting to consider where you sailed up or downwind; a great lesson for the upcoming Nats.
Cookie's boat did a runner by letting go it's nut holding the keel on. The great seaman Cookie is, he took bearings of where it happened, and after rescuing his keelless Scalpel in the recovery tinny, he went back out and was able to locate the keel and tease the light end up with an oar and raise it again.
John Hall's results would have been much better had he not keep too close to the shore on the run out tide. Ray came to grief too. All good lessons.
The results do not indicate how close the racing was, and several wins were achieved only after rounding the last mark to the finish. At the day's end we all agreed how wonderful the Marbleheads are to race.
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