Thanks to Ian Richardson and Michael Marzano for doing duty honours this week. Poor guys set the line and then the wind swung to the East about 20 degrees. We watched the Small Cats all start on port at the pin end, and decided to do likewise. This week the Large Cats opted for the standard triangle course - just to be different.
Bob and Johnny on 5.8 Road Apple showed blistering upwind speed to lead the fleet to the first mark followed by Les on foiling A Wilbur and me on Symphony. There followed Paul English (Playtime) and Kurt Griffiths (Wreckless) having a good tussle on the Nacra 16Sq’s. The reach to the IYC channel was an enjoyable blast and Kurt was very quick on this leg, managing to slip past Paul.
Weed was a problem for everyone. It wasn’t normal garden variety weed, it was more like a mermaid’s necklace complete with beads and ribbons. Les caught some on the first run and that allowed me to get past him. It’s amazing that just a few bits of weed will stop an A Class in its tracks.
This week Kurt did well with his flat head main - Paul on the other hand was happy with his upwind speed on the day but had trouble matching Kurt’s speed off the breeze.
Across the line, Road Apple won by 3 minutes from Symphony, then Wilbur, Wreckless and Playtime. On corrected times it was a different story - Championship placings went to Road Apple, Wreckless and Playtime in that order. A podium clean sweep for the Nacras!!
That wraps up the Club Championship result with a perfect score for Road Apple regardless of CC race 8. They were super quick on every leg of the course. I’m sure Bob and Johnny will take quiet confidence to the State Titles next week. Good luck guys!
There are only 5 races till the end of the season. Here are the current standings.:
Regards, Ross Boyd