RC BOATING YACHTING Sailing at Puddleduck DF65’s & DF95’s Sailing @ Puddleduck Sailing @ Puddleduck 2022 Puddleduck Vineyard Racing 10/05/2022

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    • #11012

      Following the excellent presentation by Lisa Blackwood of the Sailing Faster workshop (link https://rctoystasmania.com/forums/topic/report-on-sailing-faster-by-lisa-blackwood/) our normal DF65 Racing got underway as per usual.

      With nothing less than perfect sailing conditions, an excellent turn out of 13 skippers plus the current DF65 Australian Champion on hand to help with boat setup and handling tips. This was truly a day to remember.

      What a really nice surprise to see our Ron #164 back with his sailing mates again. Ron is on the cusp of retirement and is as keen to rejoin the Puddleduck racing crew as we are to have him back.

      In celebration, Ron brought his daughter Andria (Muffy) #78 P, along to sail with us and for a newbie Andria did really well. So well in fact that by races 7 and 8 she was beating her old man to the finish line!!

      David P #81 joined in the fun and appreciated the Sailing Faster workshop too prior to racing. I’m sure with the excellent rig setup, tips and race craft info imparted by Lisa we will see David grow in confidence and ability over the coming year.

      David W (Sheep) # 37 came good after a bit of a rough start to his racing this morning. His podium finishes in Races 5 and 7 were testimony of this.

      Phil T #32 was in everything today with final results not really reflecting the quality of his sailing. The smiling assassin found his feet in the later races though scoring a podium in the last race for the day.

      It will take time for the info gems to seep in and become normal for our skippers and Ian (Bodge) #06 must be feeling that too. Bit of a kangaroo day for our Bodge with the outright victory in race 7 his best for the morning.

      Colin (Admiral) #23 bookended his efforts with a victory at both ends of the days’ races. Truth is though he wasn’t driving for the last one. That was our Lisa and with just a couple of tweeks had the Admiral’s barge dancing through the fleet to a comfortable victory while the lanky one snapped a few photo’s. Missing buoys become a feature in the middle races so he was better off taking photos anyway🙄

      Lisa’s workshop must have found fertile ground with our Graeme #52 RG65. A nice build up of results lead to a victory for him in race 5. Graeme failed to start the last two races with the RG striking rotation problems in the workings of it’s swing rig.

      Bloody Geoff #80 was in fine form and once more right in the thick of things again.Always competitive and loving his sailing, our Geoff claimed a second place in race three as his best result.

      Jammy Jones #39 enjoyed his day out with the Merry Men (of Puddleduck Pond) once again. Always a competitive and skilful sailor, Jammy scored three second places today overall to leave himself one point shy of a final podium but third in the DF65 only class.

      Pete (Pinky) #78 was back to his consistent self today with a very fine run of finishes. A gentleman sailor and fine competitor his worst race was a 6th in race six that subsequently became a drop.

      Although he did not actually win a race Trout #11 with his five podium places (three thirds and two seconds) was second overall and first of the DF65’s. Congratulations Trout.

      It was Stuart’s #08 RG greyhound that scooped up four first places throughout the morning. NSS was unstoppable and on fire  despite the one minute and five seconds handicap awarded along the way.Congratulations on some fine racing Stuart.

      Some HUGE thank you’s today. First and foremost is our Lisa’s selfless efforts and dedication to getting us all sailing much faster.

      Sue for doing a mighty job as scorer/ timekeeper and to every one who came along to sail with their mates in the perfect conditions. Pics by the Admiral (such as they are).

    • #11021

      A ripper day of racing in great conditions. There is no doubt that those of us that had Lisa tune our boats were faster afterwards. The fine adjustments made such a difference.

      Apologies to Muffy for my lack of maintenance on the mighty pink sailed V5 – you had your dad beaten!!!

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