Wednesday Handicap Series
Another fine day with the usual inconsistent winds, this time from the general southerly direction but with the stock standard 90 degree shifts and soft patches, to maybe 12 knots in the puffs. The A Rig was pressed at times , particularly on the runs, but the average wind strength proved the B Rig a no goer. Ray Joyce was PRO for the day and gave out the handicaps with nothing out of the ordinary as far as starting times. Race 1 line honours went to Denis Lees off 30 seconds, followed by Chris Wood and myself both off 1:30. Peter Germein took the gun starting off 30 seconds in Race 2 followed by John Smith off scratch and Rod Jackman sailing well as usual off the full handicap of 90 seconds capped. David Jones clawed back the front markers from 1:30 with John Smith and Rod Jackman repeating their efforts from the previous race in Race 3. Race 4 saw a double go to David Jones with Rod Jackman close behind in second and yours truly hot on his transom. Race 5 was Long Distance with John Smith taking advantage of his handicap to win from Rod Jackman and Wayne Turner doing enough to hold off the rest off the fleet for third place. The final Race 6 was Long Distance as well with plenty of prospecting on the run (that's a pun on going down the mine shaft) as the A Rigs were hit hard by some of the gusts and sailing by the lee the best strategy to the bay mark. Stu Harris got the judges nod from Wayne Turner and Rod filling the minor places.
A no brainer who won the day with 5 out of 6 races resulting in a podium finish. The bottle of wine went to Rod Jackman on 13 points, 4 points clear of John Smith with 3 podium finishes, and David Jones snatching third place overall on 18 points.
Sunday is Long Distance. I will be taking the Marblehead and hopefully a new and improved camera mount for the camera, so a call to all M skippers to do likewise. Not sure if there will be a BBQ or not.
Till then, wet sails.
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