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WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series RD 3 , Carbrook - 6th July 2014

A nice but cold steady breeze greeted the 11 skippers for round three of the winter scratch series. Unlike the previous scratch day we had wind, at times we were at the top of A-rig range. Course: 2 Triangles & 1 Sausage.

It was nice to see John Gower back sailing with us after a ten year break. His beautifully presented new Mojo was entering the water for the first time. With a long absence from sailing and a boat untested he was always going to find it tough, I’m sure when he knocks off some rust and gets setup and tuning tips from Jeff Byerley he will be back up to speed in no time.

Tony Grey was on the pace from the outset winning the first race of the day, he would go on to win another in race 8. Scott Warton was very consistent and was only out of the top 3 twice. His recently purchased Fraktal was super quick and I struggled at times to catch him let alone pass him. With two wins and four 2nds he finished equal 1st overall.

Andrew Milne was on fire at times winning 3 races, he had new sails on and the boat seemed fast throughout the day, a much deserved 3rd placing overall, well done Andy.

Tom Pursiheimo was sporting a new jib on his boat. He and the boat were sailing well and finished mid fleet overall which was pleasing to see. No one spends more time on his boats than Tom and his dad, coming up with new ideas and innovations. Might not be the prettiest boat but beauty is in the details I guess, sorry Tom :-)

John McLachlan isn’t normally down that far on the leader board but he had a good excuse, rig failure in race 7 and a forced change to B-rig saw him badly under powered for the remainder of the day.

To those names not mentioned I apologise, hard to keep an eye on everyone while sailing and trying to keep out of trouble.  My Britpop is a very forgiving boat and can make an average sailor look good by pulling you out of trouble, after two previous 2nd’s it was nice to finally win one along with Scott. (Just quietly it helps when Peter’s not here too…shhhhh! )

Thanks to Bruce for scoring and John Pursiheimo as OOD.

Eddie Cowell

   

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