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WMRMYC Inc Summer Handicap Series RD 4, Manly Harbour - 21st February 2016

Conditions. High tide but ebbing. Breeze 10kn plus with stronger gusts ESE. Sailing area very choppy for this venue.

OOD. Scott Warton.

Scott got things under way at 9:30 with the twelve skippers at the pre race briefing. The course set was three triangles and a windward and return.

Several skippers chose to sail with A rig while most heeded the weather forecast of increasing winds during the morning and sailed with their B rigs. With the wind coming directly down the marina channel, our sailing area became very choppy. In the early races, during the lulls, those who chose B rig found the conditions difficult. As a result, several skippers chose to change their rigs. However, as the morning progressed, the wind strength increased and it was obvious that B rig was the only choice.

You could say that with handicap sailing, everyone wins a prize. The results show that eight boats won at least one race.

Considering the conditions and the tightness of the course, the sailing was comparatively free of major incidents and penalties when called were completed without descent. Allan was the exception having to carry out repairs after contact with another boat. This cost him two races. Several boats withdrew due to electrical problems. Tony [Mr. Consistency], and Garth did well considering their handicaps. Peter and John were always up with the leaders. Interestingly, John had the lowest gross score and was only one point behind the winners after two drops.

To round off what was a most testing day, for the first time in the club's history, three skippers tied for first place.

Congratulations to Garth, Tony and Andrew.



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