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WMRMYC Inc Winter Handicap Series RD 5, Manly - 21st September 2014

Scattered clouds, 22°, Winds ESE at 10-15 knots. Tide: Outgoing low at 13:44

John McLachlan, Peter Kemp and Bradly Ginnivan laid the marks and set a starboard course of a large triangle followed by 2 sausages to downwind finish.

The wind oscillated which frustrated the fleet. Racing started with Dudley Allard looking famous. Andrew Milne kept a steady pace all day with consistent finishes. Denis Patterson experienced issues with his vessel, so he departed the course only to return later with his reserve vessel for some sound results.

Tony Grey and Bradley reefed down at half time to their “B” rig as the wind appeared to increase in pressure. This decision proved to exasperate them, in particular on the downwind legs. They retired early. Jack Ford kept the fleet honest while John Dousi sailed his new vessel with impressive speed.

Scott Warton completed 2 races then assisted the junior members in their PRO duties. As the day progressed the fleet dwindled to a final 6 in the last race. There were a number of bumps and near miss with 2 vessel dancing in circles while attached at the mast. Not a pretty sight for their skipper.
A good days racing with many opportunities to polish skills.
Thank you to all the officials.


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