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S/QLD 10R Championships - 13th August

A good fleet of ten boats arrived at Emerald Lakes on Saturday the 13th. PRO Ian Ashe decided based on the wind prediction to race off the corner which was great decision as we had an area large enough for a full triangle where the 10r’s could really unwind.

The PRYC as usual did a great job setting up sun covers and setting the course.

Racing was underway shortly after 10:00 in a gusty shifty top of a rig breeze. Frank Russell’s Phoenix 6 immediately started to dominate showing excellent upwind speed and pointing using his heaviest ballast weight.

However Frank didn’t have it all his own way, with racing at times very close. Laurie Hinchcliff Aero 3 Mark Harris Paterson 1 showing good speed at times and both leading races.  Laurie’s efforts were not helped after lunch when he decided to change down to A minus rig which seemed to work well in the stronger winds but ultimately was not a good decision.  

Racing was close and skippers all well behaved executing their penalties promptly.

The racing was closer than the scores would indicate, with many races boats racing together on the final beat. There are some very fast boats in the fleet and some huge sail areas when it dropped light. Mark Harris’s Patterson was particularly fast in the lighter patches later in the day.

A total of twenty races with three discards was completed on the day with a lunch break time out for repairs. The ended early at 4:00 with the major places decided.

Thanks go to the PRYC guys, PRO Ian Ashe and of course scorer David Black.

F.Russell

   

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