Wednesday Handicap Racing
Forecast was for a hot day with strengthening nor-westerlies and although the B Rig winds didn't fill in til well after racing the forecasters got it pretty right. Winds for the six races were light with a few moderate puffs, a few shifts and lots of holes. Andrew Wardrop took care of PRO duties and administered the handicaps with no real surprises. John Banks was the first to score in Race 1 with yours truly coming in second and Peter Sylvester third. John Deegan sailed his Britpop well from scratch to take out Race 2 with Wayne Turner also off scratch sailing into second place and Kim Potter also sailing well to take the minor position. In Race 3, I managed to overtake the fleet thanks to very light winds at the start negating any handicap advantage, second place went to Chris Wood and third place to Stuart Harris. Race 4 saw David Jones improve his score by 1 after winning the race from Peter Germein and the sly Rod Jackman. Race 5 saw Chris Wood on the podium again as too Stuart Harris, and a well sailed third place for Craig McCauley. Race 6 was long distance with handicap doubled to a max of 3 minutes. Half way to the bay mark the wind had a lot of northeast in it which suited those that hugged the shore and frustrated those that kept west. I hugged the shore and managed to catch the fleet at the top mark and held off the approaching fleet with breeze at the finish. Rod Jackman grabbed the second spot and Stuart Harris the third.
Winner for the day on 17 points was Rod Jackman using the handicap management strategy (there was one very dubious bout of irons near the finish line), with yours truly 9 points back in second place, 1 point ahead of Stuart Harris on 27 points.
Next Sunday is Marblehead racing from 11:00 AM.
Til then, wet sails.
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