4 February 2020 at 17:44 #4325
The Merry Men of Puddleduck Pond were treated to champagne sailing in near perfect conditions today.
We had breakages and breakdowns, a fountin’ mountin’, missed buoys and some incredibly close finishes that made everyone happy. The occasionally gusty North Westerlies of 9 to 16 knots made life interesting for the skippers using A+ rigs too.
Our Don #99 had a most memorable day that got underway with a full speed mounting of the fountain in the very first race.
The unflappable one plucked the errant craft from its tentacles to serenely carry on and enjoy his racing, recording his best finish, a fourth in race four
We were missing Kermit #82’s dulcet tones during races today as “the Duck Hunter 1 & 2” were both suffering electrical problems. Despite the hills not ringing with his enthusiastic whoops, he did us proud by taking many fine photographs of the races in progress.
Great to see Graeme #52 back on the pond. His light and high spirited new RG sometimes found it hard going when the gusts arrived.
The sleek new green machine occasionally resembled a submarine!
Hard to believe our Geoff #80 wasn’t in the podium places today. His fine sailing with a victory in race three and a collection of other top order places were spoiled only by a run of sevens and eights in the middle of the session.
He’s baaaack! After a recent long medical recess our mate Dave #48 was back to his best today with some spirited sailing and close finishes. A first in race nine coupled with two second places means Dave is back in the game and having fun once more.
Another casualty of broken gear today was Col #23. A snapped mast crane whilst retrieving his boat on the jetty looked like it was over for him. Ricky #92’s generosity in provided Col with his spare A Rig to get him going again is the essence of what our great little group is about.
Suited up and back on the water he managed a couple of wins after dialing in the smaller sails, the gusts easily handled with an A rig.
With an impressive three wins today our Justin #61 was in great form and sailing well. From raw beginner to regular top performer, Justin has quickly mastered the basics and is now a quick student of smart sailing. His three outright victories also won a countback when tied on nett points with Ricky #92
Without recording an outright win our Ricky #92 was Mr Consistency today through his two second places and five thirds. A great effort and a well deserved third overall for the day.
Returning from a long absence, our Pete #78 was back with a fire in his belly. Three firsts and two seconds put him one point clear to take the honours of top dog for the day.
Welcome back Pete and congratulations on a well deserved and thrilling victory.
After ten races with two drops, the final points were:
Don on 54 points, Graeme on 41, Dave on 30, Geoff on 29, Col on 26, Ricky on 23, Justin on 23 (countback) and our winner today Pete on just 21 points.
Congratulations everyone and thank you for making it a really fun day @ da Duck once more.
Special thanks for Trouty for his excellence in scoring and being our PRO once more. You are much appreciated mate.
Coming up we have our annual Peter Smith Memorial Regatta on the seventh of March.
Put this in your calendars ASAP. Just like last year it will be a lot of fun, good prizes and well worth being a part of. Details are being finalised now and will be available very soon.
(IOM’s Puddleduck mention removed).
Pics by Kermit, story by Col and fun by everyone. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
4 February 2020 at 18:19 #4326
Sorry Col, IOM are at the Canal this Thursday.
4 February 2020 at 19:26 #4327
Great report and photos guys. It was a ripper day and the pink one had more than his share of “Duck luck”.
Thanks to all participants for some superb racing.
4 February 2020 at 19:52 #4328
Great to see you back on the pond mate!
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