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WMRMYC Inc. Summer Handicap Series RD3 Manly - 19th Jan 2014

17 boats lined up for the first heat of Round 3 of the Summer Handicap Series held at the Manly boat harbour on Sunday. They were greeted by a very warm Brisbane summer’s day. The breeze was light at 8 to 10 knots and was from the ESE tending towards NE as proceedings went on.

The field included Glen Fitzgerald a visitor from Morteon Radio Yacht Squadron.

Clive Brooks and Steve Zaphir very kindly offered to do the PRO duties for the day, leaving the rest of us to fight things out on the water.

This is precisely what took place and the big field and benign breeze ensured close and spirited but in the main good-natured competition.

In general it was not a day for the back markers, Bradley Ginnivan, Tony Grey, John McLachlan and company found getting through us lesser lights in the forgiving breeze a little difficult.

In the pack things ran tight with many boat / boat and boat / mark collisions having Clive and Steve wondering what they let themselves in for.  Their penalty turn calls became so frequent and strident one skipper suggested they both take a Valium after disagreeing that he had hit a buoy. He did the penalty.

Again our thanks must go to Clive and Steve. It is a luxury to have experienced members of their calibre to assist the club. (and I apologize for the “Valium” bit boys).

The big fleet and easy breeze produced race results that varied considerably. Heat winners on the day were Tony Bennett and Andrea Pannell who won 2 races each and Bernie Coogan, Jack Ford, Dudley Allard, John Holland, Lachlan Callandar and David Moore who all took out one race each.

So with eight different winners of the ten heats there was no one more surprised than myself to discover an overall win on the day.

The results were:-

1st  John Holland          06   Mad Max    38 Points
2nd  Graeme Mackay   09   Evo              40      “
3rd  Tony Bennett        33   V5                45      “

I’m sure the Commodore wishes me to thank all skippers and officials on his behalf for their participation in what turned out to be a very pleasant morning’s racing.

John Holland (06) 


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