Wednesday Handicap Series
Another fine day for sailing at the Brook with 15 skippers fronting the starting line under the watchful eye of PRO Stuart Harris. A warm welcome to Rex Calvert who has joined our ranks, and as a member of the Lauderdale Canal Club as well will, I'm sure, foster improving relations between the two clubs. Stuart Harris was fill in PRO and administered handicaps with no surprises. Winds were light and shifting sou-east to sou-west to around 5-6 knots and fairly consistent, but a few lighter patches to keep skippers on their toes. Stuart experimented with the course and set two starting lines, both end to end with each other and a slightly longer course for the back markers.
Race 1 was a race for the scratch boats with John Deegan taking line honours from John Smith and Rex Calvert. Race 2 saw the same place getters on the podium again with John Smith taking the win from Rex second and John Deegan third. Nearly the same result in Race 3 with John Deegan racking up another win with Wayne Turner second and John Smith third. Race 4 saw Denis Lees take the gun from Wayne Turner in second place and Rex filling the minor spots. Race 5 saw the wind die at the start giving the back markers opportunity to make their mark. Bruce Rose got the judges nod from Chris Wood and yours truly. The final race for the day went to Rex Calvert followed by Rob Cooney and John Deegan on the podium again.
Final results saw John Deegan take out the series with 15 points on countback from Rex Calvert and Wayne Turner 3 points adrift on 18 points. Next Sunday is IOM Handicap racing and again I encourage all skippers to participate. Racing is scheduled to start at 11:00 AM.
Til then, wet sails,
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