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WMRMYC Inc Winter Handicap Series RD 5, Manly Harbour - 25th September 2016

Local light rain at Manly before breakfast looked a little ominous. However by 8.30am the rain had reduced to a few drops and by start time the sun was coming out and turning into a beautiful day.

The wind was light and fluky from the north/north east, coming through in small gusts approximately every minute. The OOD set a windward return course (Sausage Course) for the first set of races. This Sausage course was deemed appropriate not only for the prevailing conditions, but as a reference to the Sausage Sizzle to be held after the completion of racing.

Racing got off to a Sizzling start with Mark picking up the first win of the day. Four closely fought races followed with Jack picking up a win, Mark another and Russell fluking a win.

After Race 5 , during the break, an additional rounding mark was laid to the east. The wind had settled , by now, to a steady 5-10knots. This provided an interesting course with more windward work. Jack had a couple more wins. Mark continued to show good form, while Scott and Peter ( with his brand spanking new Purple Bullet) came through with a win each.

John Gower showed flashes of brilliance as he gets used to setting his new 360 sails, while Andrew showed consistent results with his refurbished Pikanto which is sporting a new paint job (by Peter) a new mast and a new set of 360 sails. John McLachlan was consistent over the ten races picking up two thirds.

Russell was happy to be able to compete on this day because his Pikanto had sailed across Raby Bay, the previous Sunday, solo after the radio failed (jocular comments were made that his boat sailed straighter when Russell had lost control). Thanks go to the Cleveland Yacht Club for retrieving the stray Pikanto.

Unfortunately, Ian had electrical problems and had to retire from racing. This was disappointing because Ian had broken through to win race 5. Thanks go to Ian for helping out with recording the placings and adjusting the handicaps after each race.

Garth, the current Qld champion and our back marker, fought well all day working his way through the fleet to finish equal third on handicap.

As for the post racing Sausage Sizzle. It was a ripper BBQ with a very friendly atmosphere.

See you all next Sunday the 2nd of October for Winter Series Round 6 Scratch Racing.

Russell Gray –Pikanto 16 ( with P plates)”