26 April 2022 at 13:22 #10911
With the Autumn sun showing up to burn the mist away and the gentle NE breezes caressing it’s surface, Puddleduck once more looked a picture postcard.
Prior to racing, the two leeward buoys were adjusted to form a gate and this helped (a bit) to ease the congestion experienced there last race day.
Fountin’ mountin’ was popular today with no less than three skippers managing to tree themselves on the metal monster.
First to hoist his craft was John the Purple #368. No respecter of right of way rules our fountain failed to give way and John fell into it’s waiting arms in race three. Fortunately Johns magnificently turned out purple machine suffered little damage.
Two races later it was David’s #81 turn to feel it’s cold steely grasp. Another quick trip in the Puddleduck punt and all was back to normal again with no damage.
Dave’s #37 (sheep) get up and go must have got up and left today. Dave struggled with the light and variable conditions however his consistent string of 7ths, 8ths and 9ths was only spoiled by his third place in the last race of the day.
Very slow start for our Don #99 today. The Unflappable ones early finishes quickly forgotten as he aced the fleet in style for the last race for the day.
Our Graham #52 had the opposite problem unfortunately. A strong start in the opening two races saw him slip back in the finishers as the day wore on. The light inconsistent conditions were not ideal for the RG greyhounds however there was just enough puffs for our other RG pilot Stuart #08 to gallop away when one came through.
Stuarts’ six podiums of which 3 were on the top step was a magnificent effort by any standards. Even a brief flirtation with the fountin’ wasn’t enough to slow him down. Well done NSS.
Pink Bits Pete #78 was back in his happy place sailing with his mates and winning the odd race or two. Always a consistent performer, our Pete scored two podiums today of which one was a magnificent victory in race three.
Ian (Bodge) #006 was another good sailor out of luck today. Always the selfless clubman, our Bodge found the spots were there was no breeze for the rest of the fleet to avoid, his best a second in race seven.
Jammy #39 sailed good clean races today collecting no less than four podiums on the way. His great sailing was matched by the skilful sailing of Trout #11. Never more than a heartbeat from the pointy end, Trout’s 6 podiums saw him pull even with Jammy on points in the DF65 class, only slipping to third on countback in the final tally.
In the DF65 class it was the Admirals #23 day to taste victory through consistent top three finishes in (almost) all races counted.
Big thank you to Sue and family for scoring and tallying for us today. Your efforts are most appreciated and are the icing on the Puddleduck cake. Thanks also to Ron and Mike for processing the scores and publishing them on our website
A reminder that a short session on Sailing Faster has been booked for Tuesday 10th May starting at 9am pond side at Puddleduck. 2022 Australian DF65 champion Lisa Blackwood will take us through the setups and strategies that have brought her success in all classes that she sails. Not to be missed. Following this session our normal racing will commence as usual. Button pushed @ 10am.
26 April 2022 at 15:47 #10917
Nice day at the Duck, with the wind a mystery to some of us. The top end of the fleet were very good today. A great day of racing sailed in very good spirit.
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