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WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series RD 5, Manly Marina - 2nd September 2018

SUN 2nd SEPTEMBER 2018 456Father's Day at Manly was blessed with a warm and pleasant day with a light southerly blowing.

There were plenty of spectators and they were rewarded with some close racing. The early southerly was great for the first race which was two laps of the windward leeward course along the shore. Unfortunately it softened and swung left for the next three races. While racing was still close the promising prospect of it going east and freshening resulted in an early break being called.

Luckily the wind played the game and with Tony joining the fleet some really good races were held around a triangle course followed by two windward leeward with the finish being downwind.

Mike got away to a good start and managed to be consistent however two of his wins were only by a bow bumper.

Many races had several lead changes and boat speeds were similar across the board Peter Kampe made some rewarding changes and after freeing up his sails improved his speed. Scott was also impressive with his ever improving Ellipses and local knowledge.

The close points from 4th onwards showed how tough it was if you did not get an early break. The starts were very competitive and while there were a few penalties in this area and on the way up the course and at the windward mark they were generally quite innocent and handled without fuss.

Any place gained or lost would have made a huge difference too many skippers’ final placings. Tony carried some discards due to his early absence and without these would have been challenging for a photo opportunity when the results were tallied. Still getting his eye in early he unluckily shaved a mark or two as well.

It was good to see Eddie win a race and surely he will back up the front with a bit more sailing.

Ted had an enjoyable day circulating well at times with good straight-line speed yet still coming to terms with getting around the track.

With all but one skipper finishing with podium places it was smiles all around and we look forward to a good summer of sailing at Manly.


NB Sorry no videos this week as Bruce was recording the results. Happy Father’s Day!