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WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series RD 4, Manly Harbour - 7th August 2016

A glorious morning greeted the 11 skippers for the August round of the WMRMYC winter scratch series.

The first 4 races were held in a breeze the shifted through 180 degrees at times however predominantly was from the South. This allowed a windward return course to be set parallel to the waterfront and the gathering spectators. The morning session was testing with skippers experiencing some highs and lows with the variable wind direction.

Following the break an easterly sea breeze filled in which gradually veered to the north east. This allowed for improved conditions and much more enjoyable racing again on a windward/ leeward course however this time with a gate at the bottom end.

With a fairly confined course and good level of competition the inevitable incidents were numerous however on the whole were respected by infringing skippers. Most of these were port and starboard at the distance mark and more due to the difficulty in judging distance than anything else. It did however go to show that those who did manage stay clean featured at the top of the leader board in the individual races.

While many skippers made an appearance at the front at some stage final results showed that Jim (4th) is sailing well as did Andrew (3rd) who had a very consistent day up the front. Scott (2nd) also went about his business quietly also showing some great speed and Mike managed to win the day despite struggling for three races which sadly could not be blamed on underwater obstructions on a generally a weed free day.  Brad and Jim scored a win each and Ian Forster had a string of podium places. Many skippers found that the changing conditions required some fine tuning of rig setups between races particularly towards the end of the day.  Whilst allowing time for these skippers to develop their rig tune, 10 races were still held in good time.

It was encouraging to see many skippers gathering after sailing for a debrief and an impromptu appearance by Noel Ives (#173), a professional Clown, who expertly made some balloon animals for the junior spectators.

Mike.

(PHOTOS by John McLachlan).