Unfortunately couldn’t make it today, but on reports given, it was a fine but fickle day at MBYC. Light conditions, varying from almost still through to the top end of A rig conditions. Little to no weed was experienced. Maybe the flush out with the rain over the last few weeks has helped in that regard.
Great to see there was a good turnout today, with three skippers unable to make it, we still had seven on the water. Welcome to Paul Jewel, who, I think, sailed his Jive for the first time. The experience will do a world of good, and we will soon see him challenging those further up the rankings.
On an aside to that, if there are any skippers who would like to have a sail of an RM on a Sunday, contact me, as I have an RM gathering dust, that is available to any member willing to have a go with it. A good yacht with some history in it – being Brad Gibsons very own some time ago.
Back to today, it was good to see Ray challenged throughout the day. Shows our standard is lifting, and makes it a challenge for the Joyce/Grunge combo to stay in front. Great also seeing that Rod Marshall, with his Mantra 2 right up there, taking out a few podium spots as well, with John Hall nipping on his heels.
Well done to Ray, taking the day out with 12 points. Lisa Blackwood, who brought out the Skalpel, to show the older yachts can still perform remarkably well, came in second on 18 points, with John Cole-Cook, also sailing his Skalpel, in third on 23 points.
Wednesday is IOM Handicap day. Hoping for a good day, after last weeks horrible weather cancelled the day. Currently showers are predicted, but that can mean anything. Westerley breezes expected, up to 13 knots at this stage. Button press at 10am for initial scratch starts and 11am for handicap start.
Next Sunday is Fathers Day, however, there are some members who have indicated a want to sail. With that in mind, we will have an “unofficial” sail day next Sunday, 1st September for anyone interested. Please let John Hall or myself know if you are intending on coming, so we are aware of numbers to expect.
Our next ranking event is the Tasmanian A Class State Championship, held over 7th and 8th September. We have three entries in from the North so far, but none from the South. If you are intending on sailing, please get your entry in as soon as possible. Entry links are at https://www.risdonbrookradioyachtclub.com/club-ranking-events.html , all on-line now, so no need to email the entry forms now. If there are any issues, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help out. If anyone would like to give some assistance across the two day event, let myself or John Hall know, and we will add you to the list of volunteers for the event.
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