RC BOATING YACHTING Sailing at Puddleduck Sailing @ Puddleduck 2018 Puddleduck Vineyard Racing 23.10.’18


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      With the BOM predicting a steadily increasing NorWesterly swinging to Westerly over the course of the day, 7 happy sailors made their way to Puddleduck Pond to do battle the DF95 way.

      The BOM wasn’t too far off either. With light A Rig conditions for the first 6 races, a mixed velocity seventh, eighth and ninth race, then a definite B Rig tenth.

      Those who changed down to B’s felt it when the wind lulled, however the boot was on the other foot once the Westerly kicked in and the A’s were suddenly overpowered. A good example of wind/rig performance.

      We have a brand new hooker champion in our midst and today Don really showed us how to do it. Starting with a hookup onto the fountain before any races could get underway, he followed that with two more buoys, all in the same race. Ron is on notice that his crown as the hookup king is now seriously under threat!!

      The long course set today was your standard Olympic triangle followed by Windward/Leeward legs and finally through the finish line. We had a gate down beyond the fountain and another at Hells Corner. Two buoys for the Start/Finish and one more on the far side to form the triangle. This was only the second time we have sailed 95’s over the long course (first was in the rain), but I got to say I think it is an ideal length for this boat.

      Being a NorWester, it did give the usual headaches of swirls and dead spots. We were going to lose Ron early so decided to save coffee until the last. This really worked as there was no pressure to get back on the water. The conversation was relaxed and the final scores were calculated then too.

      We missed our mates Tony, Mike and Pete today however the competition was non-the-less fierce right from the get go.

      Kermit showed us what he can do with wins and great form overall. Dave was in hot form too, often needing to cool off the yellow peril under the fountain before passing through the bottom gate. Geoff came out fighting early with some great racing and was the wild card in many of the races.

      There were many close exciting finishes today but non closer than the three skippers who ended the day on top with equal points after the drop. See pic. First casualty was Dave (who had a stellar day) leaving Stuart and Col. Counting back the placings to fifths you still could not get daylight between them. Blimey.

      After 10 races with one drop the final points were. Don on 35 points, Kermit on 27, Dave on 26 and equal first place shared by Stuart and Col on 26. Ron and Geoff were sailing well and would have placed highly but had to leave early for other engagements.

      Another fantastic days’ sailing shared with great company, what more could you want?

      No photographs today

      The dam was great today with no weed, waves or salt water 😉 Next week we are back with the pocket rockets, the mighty DF65’s.


      I will be heading up to Winspears this weekend  with Kyle for the Northern Round of RG/DF65 Summer Series Championships. We are hoping to do well for the South, but the standard is high and the Northern crew are tough to beat.

      Next March it will be our turn to host the Southern Round at Puddleduck, so watch out for that one.




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