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WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series RD 6 , Carbrook - 6th October 2013

RACE REPORT – Nine skippers attended the sixth and final Round of the Winter Scratch Points Series at Carbrook on Sunday 6thOctober 2013.  It was yet another beautiful Queensland Spring morning and thankfully not as hot as the previous few days had been. 

As always, the site had been prepped by the early arrival of our Commodore John McLACHLAN and the skippers were called to attention on time for the briefing, the course was set and the fleet entered the water with a slight Southerly breeze.  Peter KAMPE, Tony GREY and John made an early impression by placing respectively in the first heat, Peter would continue with this impressive form by placing in all but one of the ten races to win the day. 

Mike FREEBAIRN arrived at the site late (I believe due to vehicle problems) and missed the first two races, however this seemed of little consequence as Mike immediately dominated race three with his new pre-loved Kiwi boat.  Mike continued in this exceptional fashion throughout the remaining races and was a continual challenge to Tony, with final results placing both Tony and Mike in overall equal second place.

At the conclusion of heat five the break was called, John tallied the mid day results as the skippers pondered a course change – this was implemented when the fleet was recalled but proved ineffective and race six was abandoned before the first mark.  At which time sailing reverted back to the original course and heat six was restarted.

It was really great to see new member Steve ZAPHIR competing in the Scratch Racing and by race seven Steve was showing hidden skills to be leading the fleet in that particular heat… unfortunately erratic changeableness winds and pursing fleet speeds over took Steve’s lead, nevertheless he was not relegated to last place in that heat, with a respectable sixth placing finish and it is good to see a new member challenging the core of the club with confidence.

We were also privileged to have a prospective new member in attendance for the entire days racing, John and Tony eagerly allowed this gentleman the opportunity of trialing their boats and we hope to have yet another new member in our ranks very soon.

As always our sincerest thanks go to John for his commitment to the club and for scoring, the site was quickly cleared with everyone chipping in and ribbons were presents, congratulations to overall winners on the day, Peter KAMPE, Tony GREY, Mike FREEBAIRN and Scott WARTON.


Overall Winter Scratch Points Trophies will be awarded to the winners at the Club Champs in NovemberBM




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