A bit of action and drama today. Initially, 10 yachts turned up to sail - one of the best turnouts for RM's in a long time.
The first race ended up being abandoned. For some unknown reason, as each yacht turned around the windward buoy the second time around, they slowed and ended up gravitating towards each other. This necessitated the use of the rescue boat and on closer inspection, someone lost their kite and it was wrapped around the buoy and its line was drifting in such a way that every yacht in the race got caught up in it.
After rescue and much delay, we fnally got under way again in a mix of A and B rigs. This soon changed out to C Rigs for much of the afternoon. The southerly sea reeze was as good as it gets for much of the afternoon.
Just 8 races were completed in the end after the earlier delays, and only with the sailors still able to sail happy to extend the day a bit.
Unfortunately, we had quite an attrition rate, with just four yachts competing for the last three races.
Some very close finishes in the end today, with Kyle Stewart running out the winner of the day with 12 points, on countback to Stuart Dawes. Two wins to one being the difference.
Rod Marshall took third place today, on 22 points, also on countback to Jeff Byerley.
On handicap today, Jeff Byerley took out first place on 4 rank diff points, with Rod Marshall in second with 3 rank diff points. Third place, on two rank diff points was Kyle Stewart, Stuart Dawes and Phil Turnbull.
Thanks to Les for his Pro work today.
This Wednesday is DF95 Mid Week Handicap at the dam, button press at 11am.
This coming Thursday, MBYC will be hosting an A Class Twilight Series, with the sheds being opened up at 4pm and sailing getting under way as soon as everyone is ready to go. The club "A" is available, so if you'd like to sail it, let Kyle know so it can be set aside for you.
Next Sunday is IOM Scratch at Montrose. With tide conditions in the afternoon not ideal, we will be starting at 10am on Sunday.
Of note also for Sunday, there will be an International Triathlon event on Sunday, which will have the East Derwent Highway and Bowen Bridge closed. The Brooker Highway is open, but expect delays in travelling to Montrose on Sunday.
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