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WMRMYC Inc Summer Handicap Series RD 1, Manly Harbour - 15th November 2015

Thirteen skippers turned up for the 1st round of the handicap summer series. Handicap times were written up on the board and ranged from 0 to 60 seconds and a course was set. The breeze was light but the direction was ideal for 3 up and down legs.

Mike Freebairn and Garth Halton sailed superbly in the fickle conditions in the first 3 races, both picking up wins and placings. John Holland also got off to a perfect start winning the first race of the day.

Race four was a frustrating one for me as I blew a good lead. On the 2nd last leg Bradley and Mike sailed closer to the channel and building breeze and flew past while as I was on the lower side of the course down near wall, to rub salt in my wounds Steve found a good bit of breeze to pip me for 3rd on the line, silly me but good sailing by Brad picking up a deserving win, Mike too.

Smoko was called so all took a 20 min break. At this time the breeze had come in a little more and had changed direction. A new course was set, mark one was now up the channel, this time four laps. This still wasn’t quite enough time for the back markers to catch the fleet whose handicap times had stretched out to +80sec. Just as inroads were starting to be made they ran out of track.

Dennis & Ian Forster scored two impressive wins each after lunch, there is still life in the 20 year old design TS2 when sailed well, well done Dennis.  It was a shame to see John McLachlan miss the last two races, his consistency had him potentially in the top 3 overall.

The final placings had Allan Bryant in 3rd, he sailed really well by finishing 6th or better in 8 of the 10 races. Well done Allan.

Garth and Mike sailed much better than I did and deserved to be placed above me. I guess incurring no penalties and staying out of trouble all day has its rewards. Well done Garth and welcome back, you haven’t lost any of your talent even with a 6 year break from the sport.

Emma Zaphir continues to spoil us with her baking – thank you Emma.

We must remember to keep our voices and language down especially during incidences. We don’t want to scare off any potential newcomers interested in our sport and club as the venue continues to attract packed public onlookers.

Sincerest thanks as always to John for maintaining the scores and to Scott for manning the dinghy and setting  the course.

Eddie #55

   

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