Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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WMRMYC Inc Winter Scratch Series RD 5 Manly Marina - 6th September 2020

7SEP20.sm8 Skippers entered the Wmrmyc scratch round for September relieving the obligation to adhere to the Covid Safe plan when there are more than 10 skippers. Wmrmyc had a Covid Safe plan in place for when this occurs which amongst other requirements requires skippers to be seated. Please bring a chair in case numbers are more than 10. A healthy social distance was still adhered to.

On to the sailing and Peter Kampe set a good size course that involved a beat into the south east wind, a lap of a triangle course and a windward and return. The wind was generally in the 5 to 8 knots range and shifting all over the course. This made for good tactical sailing and provided an opportunity to make a comeback.

The starts were still critical and if you could get away well you were a better chance of a podium finish. Mike missed the first race and Peter Kampe got off to a good start with a couple of wins in the first few races. Ray sailed well all day and recorded 2 well deserved wins.

The results did not reflect how close the racing was with many races decided by inches. The races were run through quickly with the threat of rain and despite not having a Pro went very smoothly. There were minimal infringements and some very competitive starts on a relatively short line. There are rules in sailing for a reason and they are open to debate and this understandably occurs occasionally. It is an opportunity for us all to discuss and learn and ideally this should be done on a civil level rather than in the heat of the moment.

Congratulations to all Skippers and we look forward to future rounds.