Cool but sunny conditions and a moderate to fresh southerly airflow resulted in patchy and challenging moderate winds on the Brook for the mid-week handicap series. PRO for the day was Chris Wood who got the thirteen skippers racing at the usual time. Every one was on A Rig, I opted for B Rig. Scratch markers were John Deegan and Wayne Turner off zero, David Murfet, Kim Potter and Rob Cooney off 20 seconds, Andrew Wardrop and Bruce Rose off 40 seconds and the rest off 1 minute.
Andrew Wardrop took the honours in the first race with Ray Joyce and yours truly filling the minor positions. Race 2 winner was Rob Cooney with John Deegan taking second spot and Kim Potter rounding out the top three. Race 3 was won by Bruce Rose with David Murfet second and Ray Joyce in third. Race 4 was Long Distance with running start and the usual 50% handicap addition. Backmarker David Jones sailed the fastest course to take the win from fellow backmarker Rod Jackman and John Deegan coming to grips with the IOM in third place. Andrew Wardrop grabbed another bullet in Race 5 and David Murfet made the podium again as did yours truly. With one race to sail, Andrew Wardrop had a 4 point lead over Ray Joyce and myself on 16 points, and John Deegan one point adrift in fourth place overall. Rob Cooney grabbed a second win for the day in the last race, and a podium finish for Wayne Turner and Ray Joyce.
Winner of the Plonk Trophy was Andrew Wardrop on 18 points with Ray Joyce bridging the gap to one point in second place and yours truly 2 points back in third place. From the photos I take it that Ray won the Coordinator's Cup.
Next Sunday in Round 1 of the Marblehead Summer Series and racing is from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Lets hope for a good sea breeze and a chance to get some more video from on-board the F3.
Till the, wet sails.
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