WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series RD 6 [Final], Carbrook - 5th October 2014

Nine skippers arrived at Carbrook on a very pleasant sunny day, to be greeted with a light shifty breeze out of the SW. 

The breeze died out completely before swinging around to the North and shifting all over the compass all morning. The breeze never settled down all day. We ended up using 3 different start lines for the day. The conditions also made it challenging to pick which side of the course to take as there were big shifts and big holes all day long. I think all skippers experienced a bit of good fortune and a bit of misfortune throughout the day.

We sailed 2 triangles and a sausage for the 1st 4 races, unfortunately the wind died out completely so we took an early break to wait for the breeze to fill in. The wind returned and had shifted around to the SE for race 5, so we shifted the start and got the race underway. The wind shifted 180 deg, half way through the race so the course was shifted again for race 6 onwards. For the final 5 races we dropped 1 triangle.

The racing was close at times between all boats and in some races the fleet got split in to two as the front boats sailed away as they got the breeze first and the back boats got stuck in a hole.

Andrew dusted off the cobwebs of his old boat and showed some good boat speed all day and had some good results. John sailed consistently all day and was up there when he got away to a clean start. It was good to see Bernie back sailing after a winter break. Scott and Allan had good pace all day and sailed well. I got mowed down on the run to the finish line a couple of times by those two. Dudley had a few good races when he got away to a clean start and Steve also proved he had the pace in R7 when he got away to a clean start and picked the right side of the course.

Thanks to Bruce for being OOD for the day after the break. There were a few regulars absent today due to other comments but we hope to see them next time. Even tho' it was a frustrating day due to the wind conditions, everyone enjoyed themselves.

Tony GREY