Wet weather (again) and a 8-12 knot southerly/ south easterly greeted the 35 starters to the season opener. The first race was set to the east of Clarke island, the course was shifted around the island for the second (proving the value of Jazzman's windlass).
Racing was of good quality, especially considering many haven't had too much boat time for several months. Mark B's two wins showed all is order for his looming great grandmaster world title defence. Richard Bott and Finn split the honours in the radials. Charlotte enjoyed the course in her 4.7. Full results are available via DBSC's flash new webpage (www.dbsc.com.au).
After racing we retired to the club for a great meal and a couple of drinks and the Jazzman was formally christened by Shirley Roach.
Couple of reminders
- A basic rule of racing is that each boat should be behind the start line when the start gun sounds. Standard rig sailors struggled with this concept on Saturday. This season, the PRO will favour individual recalls, and there will be a committee boat stationed at the pin end, so transgressors can expect to be disadvantaged.
- According to the DBSC sailing instructions; Once started, boats must not cross the finish line other than when they are finishing.
- Penalties are always 2 full turns ASAP, other than hitting a bouy, which is one turn only.
- Three generations of the Roach family who attended and officiated the Jazzman's christening.
- Paul and Andrea for a wonderful, lip smacking feast.
- Peter for splendid work on the BBQ.
- Jonathon S and Dene for manning the Jazzman.
- Jonathan B for helping with CCOTD duties.
- Martin and Ashley for organising the learn to Race crew.
- Andrew for the inaugural 3 minute rule of the day presentation regarding the top mark.
- Pointscore on 13th. Nor'easter forecast! (&Predict Wind saying 10-15kts at time of writing)
- NB sprint series on 20th. We expect 80 or more starters that day!