Well after looking at the forecast last night, I prepared my Grunge for the rebuilt A swing rig after breaking the main boom early on in the Southern Championship. However on arrival at the dam today it was clear that I’d not be using it. The temp was 5 degrees and a solid 15 knot katabatic driven northerly was steaming down the dam.
We were in for some great RM racing. Some of the crew went to B rigs and a few including yours truly went with the C rig. My first race was over before the start due to the main sheet line turning block strop chaffing off. Quickly fitted a new block with a shackle got G7 back on the water. The rest of the day G7 stayed with C rig, and the Grunge ate up the course. It is a testament to Brad Gibson’s ability to design such a superb RM radio yacht and make the sails that have now claimed four consecutive World Championships.
Lisa had her F 5 going well with her C rig, however a full break at the vang fitting in race 4 caused her to change up to the B rig for the rest of the day.
Rod Marshall tenaciously kept working out the Scalpel intricacies, and finally paid dividends towards the later races. It was great to see him making inroads within the fleet.
Our warm thanks goes to Roddy Jackman for taking on the PRO duties, he did a great job in bitter conditions, and kept us all on our toes. Thanks again Rod.
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