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WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series Round 1, Manly - 6th May 2018

SUN 6th May 2018 334Plenty of breeze was forecast for Round 1 of the winter scratch racing to be held at Manly Harbour. 

9 skippers attended with several regulars accompanied by Ken Pryor, who has a long history in sailing and a more recent interest in RC sailing, and also veteran sailor yet newcomer to model boating John Whitbread.


John is the father of Brett who is a very keen sailor being very successful in several classes, including the VX sports boat and has been regularly cleaning up in the IOM class when he is able to attend. John managed to get around all 10 races and had some very competitive starts. He was generally in good shape early and said he had some issues getting used to the control and judging distances at times. I am sure with some more sailing he will adapt well.

The course was initially set along the bank with 2 laps and a start line half way up the beat. It was A rig initially and 2 races were held before the wind settled in more to the south east and a course change was required. A new windward mark and clearing mark was set and the start line realigned and some great racing was held for the next 7 races.

Very impressively John McLachlan won the first race and followed this with a 3rd and 4th before tapering off perhaps resting on his laurels. Wins were also shared by many sailors with Scott and Russel each having two. Scott had some more consistency to place 2nd overall.

After Race three there was a wholesale change to B rig however Russel braved the A rig looking for an advantage. It paid for while however the gusty winds eventually took their toll. Russel sailed well however to finish on the podium.

With the conditions being very up and down this was reflected in the results of a few skippers. Tony Grey had moments of brilliance and a little more luck would have moved him up the leaderboard. John Gower as well was on the podium before an early departure. Impressively both Andrew and Dennis sailed some good races with many races very close at the finish. The former finishing one place ahead with a string of good results towards the end.