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WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series RD 5 , Carbrook - 1st Sept 2013

RACE REPORT – Day One of Spring 2013 was absolutely magnificent and as it always is in Queensland!

Five skippers made it to Carbrook on this Father’s Day Sunday, which could have been the reason for the smaller than usual turnout,

which was a pity as a picnic lunch for ‘dad’ at sailing could have been made part of ‘his’ special day?  Nevertheless, the five skippers made the most of the opportunity and it must be stated that sailing conditions today were some of the most favourable encountered at the Carbrook site for some time.

With the smaller fleet size, sailing progresses at a rapid pace with heats following each other in rapid succession, the speed of which was greatly assisted by a hearty morning breeze.  Scott WARTON, Andrew MILNE and John McLACHLAN remained in close haul throughout the day with little by way of points separating them, in fact Andrew was in the lead by one (1) point at the morning break score assessment.  Whilst I noted Allan BRYANT and Andrea PANNELL were less inclined to get the optimal performance out of their boats today, with the leeward buoy rounding trapping them in lulls and fouling situations.

Nevertheless, Andrea and Allan did have their moments and kept the leaders in check with second and third heat placing respectively.  Unfortunately Andrew lost his one (1) point lead in the final four races after lunch which relegated him to overall second place.  After lunch, Scott dominated the field with three from four heat wins, the now lighter winds being of little consequence to his “Arrival”.  But if nothing else, it was still a great opportunity to be outdoors to be enjoying the first day of a New Season and it is a great time of the year, before the summer heat and storms soon arrive. 

All-in-all a very pleasant days sailing, a couple of thumps-‘n’-bumps inevitably occurred, mostly at the first windward mark rounding where distance, sight and judgment are at their extreme for all skippers.

As always, we are extremely grateful to John for tabulating the points and everyone chipped in with securing the venue, the rescue dinghy was not launched.  With five boats on the water, no skippers acted as the Race Officer, rather the first skipper over the finish line was charged with finishing the fleet – however, the Mangrove Jack seen leaping above the surface did not place today! BM. 

   

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