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WMRMYC Inc Winter Handicap Series RD 2, Manly - 17th June 2018

32Ten skippers arrived to race in predicted 15 knot winds from the West and South West.

A general meeting was held at 9am to keep everyone informed and to ratify the Clubs direction in forthcoming matters.


The forecast was not too wrong. The wind varied from lulls to bullets of 12 to 15 knots and was becoming consistently stronger. At Race 4 several skippers changed to B rigs, however this proved to be an incorrect decision as those that had stayed with A rig literally sailed away! Two races later everyone except Jack was sailing in A rig.

The course was a port course with a reach (sometimes) south down the channel then east out to the centre channel, back to the start line and repeat with the last leg changing to the northern channel marker then through to the finish.
As is common with Handicap Racing the podium places were shared with nine of the ten skippers. Peter Kampe had servo rudder issues and sailed just two races.

First place was shared by John McL (four times), Dale Smith (two times) and Dennis, Andrew, John Whitbread and Mike Freebairn (once each). Second place was shared by John McL and Mike Freebairn (twice each) and once each by Jack Ford, Ian Forster, Brett Whitbread, Dale Smith, Andrew Milne and John Whitbread. Third Place was shared by Brett Whitbread (four times), Mike Freebairn (two times) and once each by Dennis Patterson, Jack Ford, John McL and Andrew Milne.
There were lots of interested spectators as usual which is beneficial for our sport.

Thankyou to Scott Warton and Ian Forster for PRO and scoring duties and to Scott for cooking the barbeque. Dennis Patterson took the photos.

John McLachlan