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WMRMYC Inc Summer Handicap Series RD 2, Manly Harbour - 18th December 2016

The last Race Day before Xmas was a great event. Fourteen entrants arrived early on Sunday morning eager to put their boats to the ultimate test.

Could they win round 2 of the Summer Handicap Series?

Jack got off to a flying start with a big win in race one. The wind was 5-10knots from the north. The OOD had set a windward /return course (sausage) with a beat to the finish.

Dennis showed a flash of brilliant sailing with a fine win in race 2. Russell got a flying start in race 3 and the fleet could not catch him. Mike wound up the Red Rapid in race 4 for a strategic win.

The wind swung around to the south east, again about 5-10knots so the competitors took a break and the OOD set a new course with a triangle and another sausage (in readiness for the sizzle) with the finish downwind.

After the break Jack got off to another flier and the fleet could not catch him. Tension was building amongst the competitors and a lot of advice was exchanged regarding the rules and “possible infringements”. Andrew finally got his “rig set up” in order (he said the secret was more twist) and won the next 2 races. Ditto for John Gower who chipped in to win the final race. Peter struggled to get his rig working and was only an Echo of his usual performance.

Praise goes to Dennis who set and monitored the handicaps all day. Only 1.4 points separated the top three placings – Russell, Jack and Tony (who was consistently in the top 4 for most of the day)and 14.3 points separated the top 10.Great job Dennis.

Jack told me that he had thrown a race so that he did not have to write this race report and that next year after turning 89 over the New Year he would come back more serious than ever- perish the thought.

The southerly front was threatening so John & Mike got the BBQ going and we had a very pleasant Xmas lunch with some cold drinks and a friendly chat about a great day’s sailing.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you and your families.

Russell #16