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WMRMYC Inc Winter Handicap Series RD 6 [Final], Manly - 19th October 2014

An excellent turnout of 15 boats turned out for the final race of the winter series, a handicap event.

Manly turned on a magical morning with a consistent 10 knots of breeze coming in from the E/SE. The initial course was a starboard course with 3 triangles and a loop to finish. It was always going to be a challenge to stay in front of the back runners.

Dudley Allard 78 showed impressive boat speed to post two wins in the first two races, before being reeled in by the fleet.  After the break the course was changed to a port course with 3 triangles and a loop to finish. John McLachlan showed he is one of the more consistent sailors posting a second for the day while starting well back in the field. Bernie Cornish showed us he really is the ‘Outlaw’stealing 3rd place for the day.

After receiving some great advice from more experienced skippers,Igot the ‘Cheinz’ going,showing good boat speed to windward. After posting some consistent results, ended up with a first in the last race and fell over the line in first place overall. With close racing all day , the starboard rule got a real workout with quite a few skippers tested and some paint repairs needed. Idid learn today that it is always the windward boat which has to give way when both on a starboard tack, should keep me out of trouble in the future. It was great to see the better skippers helping out the less experienced.

Thank you all for your fellowship and camaraderie on the day. To the race officials and all who helped on the day, well done.

John DOUSI,
Cheinz 51.

   

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