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WMRMYC Inc Winter Handicap Series RD 3, Manly Harbour - 17th July 2016

SUN 17th JULY 2016 2What was predicted to be a bad day with the weather, turned out an excellent, almost spring day. Maybe a few skippers were put off by the weather report but 11 skippers turned up for the RD3 handicap racing at Manley Harbour.

The day started with Peter giving a talk on the Rule referring to approaching the marker buoys which I thought was a great idea and would like to see more of this at future competitions. The course was announced, a straight up and down parallel to the esplanade with a light southerly breeze. As the wind shifted around to the southeast, the far buoy was moved out to the outgoing channel after the morning break.

I cannot comment on anyone's sailing as I had my concentration on my own doings but remember Dale and Noel pushing hard behind at times. Mike and Andrew flew past at times. With a second to Dale and a third to Mike with John sailing well in fourth place and is always a constant threat to the leaders. Garth, Peter and Tony could not make up their big handicaps as conditions suited the low handicap skippers. In my opinion the handicapping systems appears to work very well.

Scott was PRO and done an excellent job as usual. I heard several penalties called and I am sure all infringements were carried out. I know mine were because Scott let me know with a little whisper in my ear.

All in all I thought it was a very enjoyable sailing day.