RC BOATING YACHTING Sailing at Puddleduck Sailing @ Puddleduck 2022 DF95 Racing @ Puddleduck Vineyard 4th Oct


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      The vineyard greeted us today with a blustery and swirling southerly wind of around 15 knots. Nine skippers turned up and all chose to use the A-rig. We were all a little over-powered in the early races but the A-rig was necessary to pull us through some sizeable wind voids.

      We welcomed spectator Dennis Oates who also watched last meeting. Dennis is considering getting himself a DF95 and joining the group. Thanks to Dave Poon who gave Dennis a sail of his boat today and helped him with the controls. Getting around the course and finishing races was challenging enough today and Dave sailed well in the conditions.

      I think that I said in the last report how competitive it is when you can win races but still finish towards the back of the fleet. Phil Turnbull did just that today finishing 8th even with three podium finishes including a win in the tally. A couple of DNF’s didn’t help (and sorry Phil – I think that I might have been the cause of one of those.)

      There was a nice ‘sail-away’ win from Dave Woolley in race 6. Sheep also entertained us after the racing with an ‘exhibition’ of rowing the dinghy in strong winds. Quote from Bodge – “ You don’t need to do 360 penalties while recovering your boat.”

      Strong performances were recorded by Col, Geoff and myself who each had three trips to the podium. Geoff’s performance was perhaps hampered through having no bung in place for much of the morning. I saw the boat having a considerably long ‘wee’ between races.

      Jammy won the day today with his usual consistent style. I was a bit surprised to see him at all after sailing a marathon 30 races in the Tasmanian Championships over the weekend. It takes a lot to stop Jammy.

      Second and third overall today were shared by Bodge and Trout, both with two race wins but with Trout claiming ascendancy by virtue of more 2nd places. It was good sailing from Trout today after a slow start. – A very slow start in fact as it was 40 seconds after the start of the first race when he realised that the blue boat that he thought he was sailing was if fact Geoff’s while his own was floundering, in-irons, behind the start line.

      Bodge’s sailing hasn’t lost a beat over his 2 months of holiday travelling. Five podiums and 3rd overall in his first DF95 sail since returning! Good to have you back again Bodge.

      It is always good racing at Puddleduck vineyard!


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      A fun day and another good account of it today Shorty. Well done everyone.

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