RC BOATING YACHTING Sailing at Puddleduck Sailing @ Puddleduck 2019 Puddleduck Vineyard Racing 19.2.19

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      To borrow from a popular cliche, “Every Duck has their Day” and today, it was just one of those days for everyone. Winds at times would be a very pleasant 5-8 knots, then quickly  shatter with a 20+ buster from a slightly different direction, then back to nice again.

      Skippers were in a quandary as to the appropriate rig to use, most starting with a standard A. Great in the gusts but lost out to the faster A+ equiped ones in the lulls.

      Despite this, the Merry Men Of Puddleduck had a fun day full of laughter and close racing.

      We welcome new member Graham to our group as of today. Graham got to practice and race with the mob and is currently building an RG65 at home.

      Ron #71 opted for an A Rig and selflessly tested out the extent of any weed patches he could find.

      Kermit #K couldn’t get his Mojo working today either. Opting for an unfamiliar A rig he had trouble getting her to tack, shortly after joining Ron in testing weed limits at various locations around the course perimeter.

      Pete #78 had a shocker today. Four DNF’s in the first five races left our man feeling shattered and concerned. A bit of tweaking advice from the peanut gallery and he won the next two by a country mile. Nice recovery but too late to be in the chocolates.

      Geoff #80 looked threatening early with some close competitive racing. Unfortunately the evil weed intervened in race 6 & 7, forcing a DNF and a sixth place. Adding insult to injury our Geoff also suffered sail damage at the height of the gusty conditions

      Gerald #02 and Mike #64 were both on their game today and at times there was barely daylight between them. Both finished the day on equal points with Mike just edging past Gerald on a tie breaking count-back.

      With two firsts, two seconds and two thirds it was Col #23’s day today with consistency once again being a deciding factor. Despite sailing an Icarex A+ Rig and burying the nose regularly it was a result he had to be happy with under the trying conditions.

      After 7 races with no drops the final points were:

      Ron on 40 points, Kermit on 31, Pete on 28, Geoff on 25, Gerald on 22, Mike on 22 and Col on 16 points.

      Congratulations everyone on a good day’s racing and fine fellowship.

      To join in the fun at the upcoming races on the 9th and 10th you need to print and fill in an Entry form and get it to Col ASAP.

      Notice of Race and Entry form is on the “Events” link below. Lots of good info as well.


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