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WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series RD 2, Carbrook - 4th June 2017

A return to Carbrook for the June Scratch racing saw the fleet grow to 16 by the start. Mike was running a little late however was made to look good by Andrew who had slept in.

It turned out a little delay was a good thing as the first couple of races in a challenging westerley of around 2 to 5knots had few tactical options. There is a always a little luck in sailing however those who had good starts and made use of the opportunities shone through early. A well deserved win went to Alex whose starts were always aggressive and some would say a little too aggressive. Over the line a few times he will certainly be in the mix when he refines his starting technique.

Eventually, after a soldier's course resulting in a virtual drag race for the two lap course, a break was called as the breeze had settled in to the south. With up to 10 knots a great course with a clearing mark and leeward gate was set with a centre start/finish line. Racing resumed and the remaining races were nothing short of great fun. Again starts were critical however gains could be made with good shifts generally up the left hand side although occasionally on the distant, right.

Boat speed could certainly get you out of jail and also sailing clean with quite a few port starboard incidences with the big fleet.

Some very good pace was shown by Allen, Andrew and Russel who could to convert this into consistant placings at the front. John McLachlan's mishap with his boat falling over had his main nearly in two bits however after a sketchy repair he seemed to go better with a 5th and a podium.

The final podium had the ever consistant Peter Kampe a solid third and the Tuesday Bandit, Scott, bringing his A game with an impressive 2nd. Some fun banter was had and some tight results particularly with the ever improving John Gower and long time sailor and virtual Rc rookie Peter Sherwood only a handful of points apart. Peter's first races had him high on the leaderboard however a few unfortunate incidences made his day a little long in the end.

A great fleet that could only have been made better with regulars such as Tony and Zappa and Eddie who.would have revelled in the conditions.

Many thanks to our hosts and guest skippers on the day.


Sincere thanks to Paul Newman for all the great photos.