RC BOATING YACHTING Sailing at Puddleduck Sailing @ Puddleduck 2019 Puddleduck Vineyard Racing 20/08/‘19


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      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.

    • #3274

      Well done Col, one of the best sailing days at the Duck that we have had for some time.

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      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

      • #3276

        Another fine report there Kermit, always good to see the days racing from another perspective.

        Sounds like the mornings wars sailing was enjoyed by all the combatants skippers.

        Sorry I missed it but we had a new dog arriving today.

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    • #3278

      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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