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WMRMYC Inc Scratch Winter Series Round 4, Manly - 13th August 2017

Racing was underway shortly after 9:30 with the wind from a very southerly direction and between 2 to 6 knots. A two lap course was set by the Pro with a start/finish line in the middle of the course.

In Manly either a North-south flow in either direction or an Easterly is as good as it gets.

Bruce kindly volunteered to score (which he is now getting well practiced at) and the minimal infringements made his day that little bit easier. While some finishes were very close at times the fleet spread out with the varying wind strength. Starts were critical as always however ground could be made up with cunning sailing.

It was decided to run 6 races before a break and some great racing was had, with Eddie featuring well and the quiet achiever Scott being very consistent. Scott had the lowest drops of the day. Andrew was welcomed back and brought his ‘A’ game with a very healthy scorecard especially during the middle races.

As the breeze swung a new course was set for the second session with an easterly slowly filtering down the course. Unfortunately it filled in more after the four races were held however there were plenty of gains to be made by going the right way and again racing was close. A two lap course was set with a clearing mark to windward and a gate to leeward which doubled as the start/finish line.

Notable at the end of the day was the 6 different race winners from 10 races. Many skippers featured on the podium in at least a race. With the sun shining and a decent tide it would have been hard not to have an enjoyable day. The racing attracted a big number of spectators shore side and each boat seemed to have someone barracking for it at any given time. Congratulations not only to the podium place getters but to all skippers in attendance.

Mike

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