It was a nice sunny day at the Duck today with a fairly consistent 12-15 knot wind and just enough shift in it to make things interesting.
Racing was as tight as usual and there were some close finishes. In the tallied results only four points separated the first five skippers and only 15 points separated the whole field (given that John Murrell retired early).
Winner today was the consistent Stuart Harris. Today was Stuart’s 4th consecutive DF95 event win – which throws down a challenge to us all for next time!
Second place went to Andrew Price. A great result from a skipper just new to the sport. Andrew’s race results included two 1st places. Great sailing!
Three skippers tied for third place with positions decided only by count-back. Phil Jackman took the podium (three 1st places) from Ian Hey (four 2nd places) then Lisa Blackwood (two 2nd places).
The pipe that feeds water to the fountain in the middle of the dam was a significant obstacle today with most skippers falling into its snare at some time. Stuart’s theory on this is that when the fountain is not turned on (as today) air bubbles trapped in the pipe join to make an air-lock or a bubble big enough to float the pipe. When the fountain is operating constant water flow means no bubbles and the pipe sinks to the bottom. We will try to see if we can remedy this situation for next time.
Some of our skippers will be travelling North to the DF95 state titles at Exeter over next weekend. Safe travelling and the best of luck to all.