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WMRMYC Inc Summer Handicap Series RD 4, Manly - 16th February 2014

The 4th round of the Summer Handicap Series at Manly brought the 14 starters a warm morning and lively breeze from the North at around 10 to 12 knots initially which later increased to include gusts of 15 to 20 knots for the final 5 races.

The increase in wind strength left most skippers scratching their heads about a change down to B rig after morning tea.

The majority stayed with their A rig but it didn’t seem to make a lot of difference to those with B rigs as the puffs and holes largely balanced one another out.

Scott Warton’s boat was out of action and he kindly acted as our OOD. Everything then progressed in Scott’s usual un-flappable style.

The Commodore welcomed former member Brett Whitfield who has purchased Bernie Coogan’s Cockatoo. Brett intends re-joining and judging on his 2nd place today will be a good competitor.

Steven Zaphir has purchased the ex Tony Grey DMX2 and we wish him success with the new boat.

The course was a testing 3 lap windward and return which became more so as the morning went on.

A number of boats had mechanical and other problems of various sorts and either missed races or withdrew altogether. These skippers included Bradley Ginnivan, Bernie Coogan, Steven Zaphir, Dennis Patterson and Graham Mackay.

Dudley Allard had rudder problems all day but still finished a creditable equal third.

Race winners were:

John Holland                      4

John McLachlan                  2

Allan Bryant                       1

Dudley Allard                      1

Tony Grey                           1

Jack Ford                            1

The Commodore wishes to thank allskippers and officials for their participation in a very lively morning’s racing.

John HOLLAND (06)


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