It was a perfect day for our season-opening Club Championship races. Balmy sunshine and 10-13kts ENE/NE. We had an excellent fleet of 44 boats turn out to race.
Jonathan Stone officiated, ably assisted by Clare Alexander on the Jazzman and Richard George and Glenn Crane on the RIBs.
It was a tricky day, with pressure on the left then pressure on the right then pressure on the left then somewhere else again. Those in the know were in the know. And the rest of us were not.
In the 4.7s, Race 1 was won by Brooke Wilson and Race 2 by Ryan Littlechild. In the Radials, Dennis Kuhlman, Jack Littlechild and Zac West fought it out at the front, with the winners ultimately being Dennis in Race 1 and Jack in Race 2. In the Standards, Mike Dunne’s practice for the Worlds was clearly showing with a first in the Race 1, ahead of Mark Bethwaite, and a third in Race 2, behind Mark Bethwaite and Michael Osborne, whose Mark Bethwaite-supplied numbering system appears to be working for him. These are unofficial results, with the official results still pending publication.
Thank you for an excellent post-race BBQ to the kitchen crew – Paul Adam, Shirley Roach, Andrea Bergman, Susan Yates (our new canteen volunteer – please introduce yourself to her) and Mark Crowhurst (our rostered canteen volunteer for the day) – and of course to Peter Collie and helpers on the BBQ.
This coming Saturday is Heats 1 and 2 of the Point Score. Briefing at 1pm, first warning signal at 2pm.