A few of us turned up early today (and one a bit later than the first two....) to adjust the buoy markers and check the race course for weed as it has persisted the last few weeks.
Unfortunately, it was still about - quite likely after the extreme downpour we had early this morning - flushing out the rivulets.
A quick chat with the sailors on site and we agreed to alight to Risdon Brook Dam to sail - with the hope that the conditions there would be better. One of the massive advantages we have a as club with two venues to sail at.
After a quick adjustment, we got away fairly quickly, and without much time lost (only about 30mins).
Terrific B rig conditions prevailed throughout, with a lot of shifty breezes to keep everyone on their toes.
We got 11 races completed in the end, and apart from a few wet squalls coming through, I thnk everyone enjoyed the day.
At the completion of the eleven races, Ray Joyce was the sailor who came out on top, with 18 points. A masterclass in consistent sailing with four wins and worst counted score being a 4th place. Well done on such a great day Ray.
Second today was Kyle Stewart, on 24 points. Jumping out of the blocks early with 4 wins in the first five races, but losing touch with the wind shifts int he second half of the day.
Third place was taken out by John Cole-Cook, on 28 points.
On handicap today, Kyle Stewart came away with first place, on 1 net point, with Ray Joyce, Stuart Dawes, Rod Marshall, Andrew Wardrop and John Hall all tied in second on 0 net points. With so many on net 0, it shows the maths in behind the seeding is pretty robust (if I don't mind saying so myself).
Although the points scores look like there was a fair gap with the sailing results, the racing was actually very close, and apart fro a few where the lead boat got a jump into a different wind shift, everyone was within a minute of each other - mostly just a few boat lengths.
Big thanks today goes to Les Hanson. Always turning up to Pro for us and today was quite unpleasant with the squalls coming through, dampening things for us.
We have DF95 Mid Week Handicap on Wednesday at the dam - button press at 11am.
Thursday will see a replay of A Class sailing - MBYC opening up at 4. Last week had four sailors there enjoying ideal sailing conditions. Feel free to come as well if you'd like a tuning session.
Next Sunday is IOM Scratch - adjusted to a 10am start to allow for the low tide later in the afternoon.
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