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S/QLD Laser Championship - 10th November

With a fine day and moderate north to north-east winds predicted all was looking promising for a good day’s competition.

A small fleet of 10 boats lined up at around 10:00am and, almost on cue, the wind dropped out. 

PRO Ian Ashe set about trying to figure out where the breeze was coming from, but for a while it was hard to find, and the first two races were a bit of a lottery. 

Ian had placed a small stick with a length of cotton attached as a tell-tale, and by the end of the day that piece of cotton was wound around the stick quite a number of times.

Eventually the breeze did kick in, and with a vengeance, from the north-east and the tempo of racing picked up. The day had started out with all skippers electing to use their “A “rigs, but by the end of the day they were all down to “C” rigs, and the boats were still proving to be quite a handful.

 I thought my EC12 was a problem child in a stiff wind, but I have yet to see it bury its hull, stand on its head, and reverse direction, all in single movement!!  

With a one design class such as the Laser you can all but eliminate the boat as a factor and it all comes down to the skipper’s skill and experience. A quick glance at the score sheet will reveal that Peter Burford had a well-deserved win with consistent scores throughout the 20 races.

It was a close run thing between Ray Naismith and Peter O’Grady for second and third places.

In spite of the testing conditions there were relatively few incidents and gear failures, however commiserations to Ray Grigson whose boat decided enough was enough.

The BRYC extends its appreciation to those skippers who attended, and for the manner in which they conducted themselves. Thank you to Ian Ashe for performing the duties of PRO, Clive Ball (catering), Dennis Crawley (buoy watcher, buoy mover and boat rescuer) and, of course, David Black (scoring)

Ian Smith

BRYC Secretary

 

   

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