14 June 2022 at 16:16 #11312
It was a very brisk but sunny morning at Puddleduck vineyard and as we prepared our A rigs a consistent north-wester of about 5 – 8 knots held the promise of a good mornings racing.
And it was a good morning of racing too – competitive and fun as always.
Dave Poon was regularly in the mix today and led for most of race 9. The pressure of the moment probably caused buckling as the fleet caught him in the last leg to the finish.
Dave Woolly was forced to retire early today when, quote: ‘That black thingy got caught behind the other gizmo’. Dave took on official scoring duties for the rest of the morning. Much appreciated – thanks Dave!
Ron Cullen was fast at times and did manage to avoid the fountain today but out of the major placings. Actually the fountain was not itself today and failed to snare a single skipper. The same cannot be said for the ‘Spec-savers’ bottom mark, as most of us managed to miss rounding it on at some time.
Geoff Mathews was consistent throughout the day but claimed race 4 pretty convincingly with one of his now famous sail away surges.
We give a huge welcome back to Pete Sylvester today. Pete hasn’t sailed at Puddleduck since January. A race win and three 3rd places should wet Pete’s appetite for racing. It is great to see that lurid orange hull on the water again.
And speaking of vivid colours: The Admiral, Col Johnson launched a new purple hull today. Nice! And quick enough too. Col triumphed in a tight finish of the last race.
Phil Turnbull didn’t manage to hit the on switch until late in the day today but then managed to put together back-to back races claiming wins in races 8 and 9. His efforts earned him enough points to tie with Col for 4th and 5th place but Phil stole 4th on count-back.
Third place today went to Bodge who also sailed really well in yesterday’s IOM classics event at Forcett Lakes using a borrowed boat. It was Bodge’s last sail today before he heads of on a half-lap of Australia in his RV van. Safe and happy travels to you and Denise Bodge! I reckon he will be hungry for some sailing when he returns in 3 months.
Phil Jackman and I managed to tie for 1st and 2nd but with three wins Phil took the honour’s. Well sailed Trout!
14 June 2022 at 22:07 #11314
Thanks Shorty, great racing in fine company and the weather gods smiled upon us too. 👍
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