RM Scratch Winter Series Round 2
What a day today. Leaving home, I thought only the A Swing Rig was going to come out - if there was any wind at all. Turn up at Montrose, and we weren't sure whether to use a C1 or C2 rig. The northerly Katabatic at its best.
We all got started on our C1 rigs, except for Lisa, who elected to use a new B3 rig with her brand new F-6 yacht. We didn't get much of a look at it today - the only thing we did see was the stern of the yacht.....
Our PRO, Les set a good windward/leeward course for us, but after timing a few races, we found that they were a little short in time, so extended the last few out to the long distance mark on the first lap, which was a really good change.
It soon showed that the real difference between most of us was not boat speed, but how many mistakes we made, and how we recovered. Yours truly had real issues getting stuck in irons while taking in the choppy conditions. The elite skippers in the club did not make those mistakes. Something for us to learn from.
Unfortunately, as the day wore on, we lost skippers through electrical and sheet failure issues, and finished the last few races with five competing. Still very enjoyable though.
As mentioned earlier, Lisa had a real good day with her new F-6, winning 10 of the 13 races, so no surprise that she easily won the day, on 12 points. In second, was Kyle Stewart, on 25 points and Rod Marshall rounded out the top 3 on 39 points.
Of some note, the top three were also the only ones to complete every race.
On handicap today, the winner was Kyle Stewart, with a score of 4 (seeded 7 and finished 2nd), Rod Marshall (Seeded 5, finishing 3), Andrew Wardrop (seeded 6, finishing 4) and John Hall (seeded 8, finishing 6) all sharing second place on the handicap podium with a score of 2
Results at mysailingresults website
This coming Wednesday is DF95 Handicap, at Risdon Brook Dam. Handicap racing will start at 11am, but if there are enough there earlier, some scratch warmups may commence earlier.
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