What a great day for sailing today. Good breeze, mostly from the north, with B though to C2 rigs used on the day.
As previously emailed to the RM skippers, we had two rounds today. The normal scheduled round 7 for the first half of the day, and then a re-run of the cancelled (due to severe weather warning) round 6.
Given that it was a much longer sail day, there was some attrition with the skippers, but on all accounts, we had some very good, close racing.
Round 7 was taken out be ever-consistent Ray Joyce, winning an impressive 7 out of 10 races. The Grunge was on rails. A very hard yacht to beat. The downwind performance of the Grunge is something to behold, and it certainly shows the difference in design thoughts in comparison to the older yachts (Boogie for example – by the same designer). John Cole-Cook comfortably took out second place, with Lisa Blackwood coming in third.
Round 6 commenced after a lunch break, in rather difficult conditions. The wind didn’t know if it was northerly, westerly or southerly – and if that didn’t make things hard enough, we also went from C2 conditions to close enough to A conditions within the same race. It was real interesting seeing which tactics came to the fore during the races. The winner of the round was Lisa Blackwood, getting the F-5 going nicely, on countback from Ray Joyce, with John Cole-Cook not far off in third.
I'd also like to personally acknowledge the efforts of our PRO today. As many of us know, David isn't too mobile at the moment, and to run the day for its entirety is a big effort for someone who can get about easily, but even more so when still recovering from an injury. Your efforts today are really appreciated. The way you kept us going was a big reason why we managed to get 19 races in for the day
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