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20 August 2019 at 17:07 #3273Admiral
While the Jesse’s stayed huddled beneath their warm blankies, five hardcore skippers showed up for some great sailing, all from the comfort of the viewing area.
The first 6 or so races were held in almost ideal conditions, a nice steady 10 knot top of A+ range breeze with just an occasional gust to keep things interesting. The racing was fast, furious and fun as the pocket rockets tore up the course. By race eight things were getting out of hand for the A+ Rigs and even Gerald was overpowered with his standard A.
Geoff #80 was back with the bit between his teeth and was sailing well until running foul of the unforgiving fountain in race eight. Before we could mount a rescue #80 popped free and continued. His troubles didn’t end there though as his batteries gave up the fight halfway though the last race.
Paul #59 had the Tiger cub sailing well though struggled as we all did when the wind swung to the West and freshened considerably.
Justin #61 had a cracker day finding some terrific form and was as fast or faster than any on the water. After two victories, two seconds and two thirds he too suffered power failure in the last race.
Gerald #02 made the change from A+ to A and was much better equipped for the gusts when they whipped through in later races. With his four victories and just two races to go Gerald was looking hot favourite to win overall honours when his backstay hook parted company with the hull.
Kermit #82 was everywhere today and handled the sometimes trying conditions well. The Coal River valley reverberated to his whoop and holler as he crossed the line winning the last race of the day.
Col #23 survived a few nasty Duck lucks but managed to somehow finish with a working boat and win the day while Gerald and Justin finished equal second.
After 10 races with two drops, the final results were:
Paul on 33 points, Kermit on 28, Geoff on 25, Justin on 20, Gerald on 20 (countback) and our winner today Col on 16 points.
Congratulations everyone for coming out and sharing some great sailing @ da Duck.
Photos by Kermit, words by Col and fun by everyone.
Next week the greyhounds (DF95’s) come out to play. See you there.
20 August 2019 at 18:32 #3274Uncle G
Well done Col, one of the best sailing days at the Duck that we have had for some time.
20 August 2019 at 19:21 #3275Kermit
WHERE WERE THE THE SAILORS Why they were sailing as all true hardy pond sailors do you might be wondering why I started this story this way that’s because some of the pond contestants weren’t there just because of a possible bit of wind an cold weather tusk tusk you who did not appear today have a mark against you from now on until you all have Redeemed your selves “will now be called girls” so girls pull your nickers up an turn up next week or the admiral will have stern words to pass on (girly crying wont help ) so now to tell you girls how our day went Sunshine burst from the overcast sky with a wisp of light air to propel the pocket rockets to unbelievable speeds if you were there you would have seen it yourself opps sorry you weren’t were you Races were tight nerves were even tighter but with skill an a touch of luck some Won others preferred to lead from the rear again The admiral was firing today no longer is he the brides maid he is the groom top dog the one oono moono the dragon slayer Scary is the term for Justin look out Pinky next week you can stay home because this boys gunna whip your butt my Padawan uncle g was gracious today in allowing others to win the top honours but I have cautioned the young one not to do this often lest they think their the new admiral Now Geoffrey the silent one was pushing pushing even tried to push the fountain out of his way damn good try then the life line failed batterys dead tis the way of the great to go down fighting then theres me ol tail end charlie in this case paul the question is what is this fine sailor doing with the likes of me why did he want my coveted spot I like ya boy but this is my spot move on So the day finished with sunshine a nice cup of earl grey tea and with the knowledge that we are men real men no girls in our mob
20 August 2019 at 21:44 #3276Predator
Another fine report there Kermit, always good to see the days racing from another perspective.
Sounds like the mornings
warssailing was enjoyed by all the combatantsskippers.
Sorry I missed it but we had a new dog arriving today.
20 August 2019 at 22:04 #3277Kermit
OK PREDATOR THAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE EXCUSE YOUR NOW NO LONGER A GIRL ………… WELCOME BACK
21 August 2019 at 09:06 #3278Pete
It seems the weather was not as bad as the forecasts suggested. Well done to those sailors who turned up. Not often that the A+ rig is too big at the Duck.
Thank you for the report and the photos.
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