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WMRMYC Inc Handicap Summer Series Round 3, Manly - 21st January 2018

The 12 skippers who attended the first handicap day of 2018 were truly blessed with what was one of the best days we have had for a long time. The breeze was in from the start and out of the South East at approximately 5 to 10 knots and oscillated either side to about 10 to 15 degrees as the day went on. The breeze filled at times with the most consistent strengths of around 10 knots or more after the break of the first 5 races.  The sailing committee set an excellent course with 3 leeward marks allowing for the most appropriate start line and gate to be selected in relation to the single windward mark. The course for all races was three laps being start line, windward mark to port and gate as the bottom of which the right hand mark facing the upwind was the most favoured. It was brave skipper who elected the opposite mark however it did pay on occasion especially when crowded out.

The fleet was spread over 60 seconds for the first race with new member Ted being off scratch. Ted is enjoying getting a feel for things and had a pretty relaxed day until his boat succumbed with rudder issues. Hopefully Ted gets all the Gremlins out of the way early in his radio yachting career and we look forward to watching him develop his skills.

Ian was off to a flying start winning 3 of the first 4 races very well. The rest of the fleet were left to pick up the pieces and with Dale, John and Dennis the most likely challengers. Dale had one of the his better days tying for 4th and not too many points off the podium.

John was very impressive after the break picking up three wins and finishing 2nd for the day. Chased hard by Russell in his Britpop in one notable race, John maintained a gap of about one boat length for the whole last lap showing his cool under pressure. Perhaps unluckiest of all was alongside Ian was Andrew who won a race and had several 3rds and top 5 finishes to tie on 4th and just out of the ribbons. Andrew along with a few other boats found the top mark on a number of occasions in a fleet that was very unforgiving. These unintentional yet costly mistakes could lose a skipper several places and a lot of distance as the fleet was very bunched all day. Many races had three or four boats finishing within the lengths of their hulls. It was really good to see Tony stick out the day in B rig after a rigging failure. Tony showed how quick these boats can still be even when underpowered and was not too far off the money especially in the windier races where he would even make places upwind only to lose the momentum downwind against the larger sail area boats.

The Pro duties were shared by most of the skippers doing one race each. Congratulations to all skippers who made this a very enjoyable day and complied with any due penalties. The race officers were very diligent with starting times and contacts. Russell generally kept them busy perhaps getting any boat contacts out of the way before the heavily attended Brisbane Challenge next weekend. Pete and Ray were up and down a bit all day often being caught up in the melee that was mid fleet. Many thanks to newly crowned Club Champion Scott for catering and cooking the BBQ which was enjoyed after such a great day of model boat racing. Same time next Month!


WMRMYC Inc Scratch Summer Series Round 3, Manly - 7th January 2018

The first racing for 2018 kicked off this weekend for Round 3 of the Scratch Summer Series. With Peter setting the course for a light Nor’easter and sending us on a port course of 2 triangles and 1 sausage.

This combination seemed to keep the fleet clear of each other and gave us a decent upwind work, the only adjustment needed was the start line as the tide allowed.

Racing got underway just before 10 with 11 starters and all skippers were told to keep on the grass and clear of the footpath, this seemed to work well and gave us all plenty of shade as the sun started to kick in. There were 5 different winners for the 10 races and a lot of close finishes keeping Bruce on his toes. I was finally able to show the ability of the K2 with some solid wins, Peter also seems to be getting the hang of his 4000th boat he has built (RED), Andrew sailing his Pikanto also had a solid day and without 2 DNFs as drops he might have challenged Peter for 2nd. Another mention has to go to Scott after starting off slowly and also helping out new members while he was racing in his first race, Scott came home strong being the 2nd best boat for the 2nd swing of racing.

All skippers must be thanked for a well sailed day with minimal infringements. Also a big thanks to John, Bruce, Peter and Scott for all the work you guys put in to get us sailing each week.

Brett Whitbread K2 46   


WMRMYC Inc Handicap Summer Series Round 2, Manly - 17th December 2017

20dec1Last meeting for 2017 even brought me out of the shadows, a good gathering of eleven skippers and great to see Eddie and Bruce. I believe the wind came in steady from the NE but not without the challenging wind shifts making for a few tacking duels and odd collision.

Thanks to Peter for setting the course of two laps with the only change halfway through from a gate on return to a single port buoy. The results showed for some close racing and competitiveness with John & Ray equalling for 2nd and Andrew & Eddie for 5th.

Thanks to the boys attending to the BBQ, Scott wore the traditional Ozy hat. Thanks to everyone for a relaxed enjoyable day and wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas. Look forward to meeting up again in 2018.




WMRMYC Inc Scratch Summer Series Round 2, Manly - 3rd December 2017

SUN 3rd December 2017 115A course of 2 triangles and a sausage was set for the light NE breeze that greeted the skippers. I had my Tara design yacht firing and notched up some early wins.

Dennis sailing his aged TS2 (about 15 years old) winning three races was making his presence felt with some excellent results. Sure makes a bloke think about the TS2 Design, especially someone like myself who has built the odd boat or two.  

The wind shifted to the N and a new course of 2 windward and leeward legs were set. The wins were spread around but consistency won the day for me. Congratulations to Dennis for his fine 2nd place and to Tony and Scott for their tied 3rd place. Overall the day was a great days racing.

 Regards Peter.


WMRMYC Inc Handicap Summer Series Round 1, Manly - 19th November 2017

SUN 19th November 2017 168Well, the forecasts were correct. There was something there for everybody. The wind direction constantly varied during the morning which required the sailing committee to consider course changes for each race.

A heavy rain squall followed by a dead calm made race three interesting.  Because of the heavy rain and the run off into the harbour, some boats suffered badly with debris on their keel.

A break was taken, hoping that the conditions would settle. Two more races were run but, with the outgoing tide, the debris problem increased and an end to the days racing was called.

Despite the varying conditions, and the debris, the competition between  individual boats was keen and close during all races with some very close finishes.

The final result shows that three boats tied for first place. This must be a record for the club.

For some though, the best part of the day was the sausage sizzle.

The Fox.

Venue---Manly Harbour.

Summer Series--- Handicap Rd. 1

Weather---- Forecast---Showers and winds ESE-S 5-12kn. High tide mid-morning.



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