WMRMYC Inc Summer Handicap Series RD6, Manly - 21st April 2013

RACE REPORT – Handicap racing at the Manly Marina on Sunday 21st April 2013 was held on one of those beautiful Queensland Autumn days,

as the band was playing just up the esplanade at the markets and with groups of spectators stopping throughout racing as people strolled past under clear blue skies with a pleasant temperature of 25˚.

However, things were not as serene on the water as unfortunately the picturesque day brought everything but the wind with it! The start of sailing was delayed for a short time as the course was set and skippers waited to see what the breeze may do – okay, I also held things up at the start too, sorry about that guys and thanks for waiting!

A respectable fleet of sixteen boats finally took to the retreating water with handicap times set for the start of racing, but despite the sporting match of handicapping, the fleet basically got underway together, such was the shortage of breeze in the first heat. With no outer mark laid, the fleet sailed a sausage-shaped course with a windward leg followed by a downwind leg for three laps, but with little to no wind at times, this was proving difficult and time consuming to complete. Several variations of this sausage configuration were subsequently tried before lunch was called.

Racing resumed with the outer distance mark now in place which allowed for a change in tactics for the skippers, but good tactics and new course directions still cannot guarantee the cooperation of fair winds and eventually all skippers at some time found themselves casualties on the water of the patchy draught and racing was concluded at the completion of the eighth heat.

Nevertheless and despite the inaction of any reliable wind, all skippers were enjoying the day and several skippers sailed extremely well with almost half the fleet sailing on handicaps ranging from plus 60 to plus 90 seconds which are challenging fleet positions to recover from. Sincerest congratulations are extended to final podium placegetters Tony GREY, Graeme MACKAY and Scott WARTON as all three skippers showed their deserving skills today.

This now completes the 2012-2013 Summer Handicap Points Series. As always, we are extremely grateful to our regular members whom make these sailing days possible. Our next sail day is on Sunday 28th April for the Tranquil Waters Retirement Village Annual Regatta – see the last issue of Telltales for more details. BM