Wednesday Handicap Series
A fine day on the Brook today with sunny conditions and a light but puffy breeze. swinging from SW to NW up to around 5 knots. PRO was Bruce Rose and 14 skippers got Race 1 on the go on their respective handicaps. Darcy won with a very favourable handicap with David Murfet in second off scratch, and Don McLeod in third off 30 seconds. The extra 30 seconds didn't bother the Silver Fox as he won the second race off 60 seconds with David Jones off 40 seconds and Ray Joyce off 1:30. Stu Harris took the honours in Race 3 off again a pretty sweet 30 seconds with Tony Brewer second off the same, and well done new member and scratch starter John Deegan for taking third place. John Banks got the early start of 10 seconds and couldn't be caught in Race 4, but David jones now off 60 and yours truly off 1:10 gave it a good try. Race 5 winner was Peter Sylvester off 1:10 with Stu Harris in second place off 60 seconds and Andrew Wardrop visiting the podium from 1 minute after the gun as well. The breeze had a little more strength to it as it swung around to the NNW so Race 6 was declared a Long Distance race and handicaps given a 50% boost. Not happy with an earlier third place, John Deegan kept his transom clear to win off 15 seconds with Andrew Wardrop off 1:40 and yours truly in third from 2:00.
Overall winner for the Plonk Trophy and a 30 second chaser was David Jones with 18 points. Second place went to Peter Sylvester 5 points behind on 23 points and third place went to the Silver Fox with 24 points from the countback kid (that's me) on 24 points as well. The Encouragement (to Drink More Wine) Award for skippers starting on 30 or less went to John Banks.
A pleasant and enjoyable day was had by all skippers with very acceptable behaviour after incidents. Discussion of what happened was in a civilised manner and the less experience had a better understanding of what went wrong. Good stuff!
Note. I have "corrected" a couple of skipper's handicaps.
Sunday is IOM Summer Round 1, scratch AM, handicap PM, and Les Hanson PRO, but you already new that. I believe the Dragon Force fleet resume their twilight sailing next Wednesday afternoon after the handicap series.
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