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RACING 14 SEP 2019

Posted by Terry Smith on September 18, 2019 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Be careful what you wish for!

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If you recall, last year there was a wind drought. We spent countless days commenting on how pretty the reflections were on the pond. It certainly didn't make for exciting racing but we got to brush up on light weather skills. Obviously we wished for more wind.

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This year we got more wind. Bucket loads more wind. At times the wind was so strong that it would have taken the wrinkles out of Camilla Parker-Bowles face. And so we wished for less wind.

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Come the A Class State Title, Adelaide was in the middle of a huge high pressure system and the weather bureau forecast was for 2 knots rising to 7 knots by three P.M. As it turned out, the wind was fairly light to start off with and improved earlier in the day than expected. Quite a few DNFs were recorded as boats were unable to make the cut-off times required as per RRS and the Sailing Instructions.

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The day was deemed a success with particular thanks to :-

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PRO                          Steve Arthur

Vice PRO                  Graham Alcock

Junior Vice PRO      David Draper

Junior Vice PRO      Bob Dare

Chef                          Bob Dare (don't tell his missus)

Caterer                      David Martin

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A big thank you to the 11 (yes, count them, 11) entrants who made for a great day with few if any aggravations. Well done guys.

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Huge congratulations to Tim Arland who took his fifth consecutive State Title with a score of 7 points. His score sheet would have been straight firsts had he not been pipped on Races 1 and 3 which became his discards. Tim has seen fit to retire from State Titles in order to give others a chance to win. Personally I don't agree with this philosophy as I believe that Champions are there to aspire to, learn from, and eventually beat. Tim is certainly a Champion and it is up to him to do as he feels best for himself and the sport. Thanks Tim for the past 5 years of lessons.

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David Martin took second place with 17 points. He was the only sailor to pip Tim Arland in Races 1 and 3. Well done David.

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Bronze was hotly contested by the Whites, per et fils, with fils sneaking ahead. Tony White took third with 21 points from dear old Dad, Peter, on 24 points.

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Fifth place, with 27 points went to Bob Whitehead with his new Gothica. This boat was the youngest design in the fleet and is sure to be a fixture as Bob and the boat get more time together.

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Jeff Watson campaigned a golden oldie to sixth place on 37 points. Shamrock is a 'Foo Fighter' that has been through the hands of Murray Pearce, Don Smith (who loaned her to Ben Morris who won the State Title back in ......), Brian Pennifold, Bob Tuohy, Steve Rosenberg and now Jeff. I think I am correct in saying that all of the previous owners have, at some stage, regretted selling Shamrock. She is the first A Class that I ever sailed and she is as sweet today as she was back then. I think that this title race day is only about the third or fourth time that Jeff has sailed her and so the combination should improve with time.

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Seventh place on 54 points went to Philip Scapens. This was fairly unusual for Philip. Usually he and 'Osprey' are up there giving the podium a shake but today things just didn't fire up.

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Chasing hard up on Osprey was Bob Tuohy and 'Wizzle Wozzle' on 55 points to take eigth place. 'Wizzle Wozzle' was first measured in 1990. Bob only had a quick half day introduction to her before the race day. You can't keep a good boat, or sailor, down.

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One point further back was Bob Watson taking ninth place with 56 points. I don't think Bob was particularly well that day. He was very quiet. VERY quiet. We suspect laryngitis.

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Bobbing around like a ruptured duck, Terry Smith came tenth with 57 points. A lack of 'water time' and some last minute changes ensured that I sailed with a total lack of elan, except for the first leg of the first race. Maybe I should have quit while I was ahead.

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Brian Pennifold rounded out the fleet in eleventh place with 84 points. It wouldn't be the same without Brian there. To me he is Mr A Class having introduced me to them by letting me have a sail of 'Shamrock' all those years ago. He had me hooked and they remain my primary love amongst the ARYA approved classes.

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I thank all officials, workers, competitors and spectators for making it a good day.

A Class and Committee Meeting + BBQ

Posted by Graham Alcock on June 30, 2019 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A CLASS RACING      SATURDAY 6th JULY

This Saturday the 6th July 2019 will be an A class racing day and BBQ.

Other classes will race off the second start gun.

COMMITTEE MEETING

A Committee meeting will also be held during the lunch break.

RACING 05 JAN 2019

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Our first A Class day of the year and we got what we really didn't need. No BBQ. We were unsure of how many would turn up and so cancelled it for the day. Apologies to Peter White who was shrinking noticeably through the day due to lack of nourishment.

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We also could have done without the wind from a vary rare direction for us - approximately SSE. This brought the wind from behind the shed and through all of the trees along the road. One might call the wind 'variable'. It was certainly very trying.

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My A Class almost made it to the start line of the first race when my winch snarled and turned the spring into a very long, skinny corkscrew. Oh dear! I just had to be PRO again.

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David Martin made it through two races before he decided that corkscrews were the go and did the same thing. At least he got on the board.

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Congratulations to Tony White on taking Line Honours in a masterful display of sailing. It was an inspirartion and education to watch. I tips me 'at to yer sire.

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Peter White had to be content to play second fiddle to Tony, but put in a great day's sailing regardless. Well done.

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Brian Pennifold put in his usual solid performance to round off the podium.

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As previously stated, David had to console him self with the acquisition of a new corkscrew. Honestly David, I had nothing to do with it. I wasn't even handicapping.

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The positions were identical on Corrected Time. Congratulations to Tony White. It's a pity what it did to your Correction Factor.

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We had a good turnout of Marbleheads and Bob Tuohy's 10 Rater. Congratulations to Buoy's Toy on taking Line Honours. It was pretty spectacular when she did the occasional planing run.

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Grant Murray and John Lykke rounded out the podium with only 4 points separating first and third. Well done all.

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Geoff Smith had what appeared to be one of those days. Thinga are not always what they seem.

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Bob Dare was having a good tussle with Geoff Smith until he had to leave.

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Congratulations to Bob Tuohy for winning Corrected Time as well. Look at your new Correction Factor!

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A big well done to Geoff Smith. What appearerd to be a so-so day on Line Honours turned out not bad at all on Corrected Time. There was a minor upgrade in your Correction Factor but nothing to worry about.

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Grant Murray and John Lykke sailed pretty well to their handicaps to finish in a draw. Grant won on count-back. Congratulations to the both of you.

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Bob Dare started off fine but his early retirement shot him down. Next time Bob.

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For the mixed fleet, I deducted one minute from all of the second division boats in order to get a proper result.

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Woo Hoo! Tony White's A Class beat Bob Tuohy's 10 Rater, but only by 4 points. Looking back at the aggregate times for the day with no discounts, Tony was only 54 seconds ahead of Bob. 5.4 seconds per race average. Tony won six of the ten races. Well done to the pair of you.

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Grant Murray did well too, reaching the bottom step of the podium only six points behind Tony. Onya Muzza.

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John Lykke missed the podium by three points. Bad luck John.

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Peter White brought the second A Class home in fifth place overall.

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A bit further back were Geoff Smith and Brian Pennifold.

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Even further back were the truant Bob Dare and bottle-opener David Martin.

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Bob Tuohy won the Fleet Corrected Time with a fairly clear lead. Pity about the Correction Factor.

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Yaaaay, Geoff Smith placed second in the Fleet. Well done Geoff. You beat Tony White by one point!! Well done to the two of you.

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Big OOPS by me. I just noticed that Peter White and grant MurrayMurray tied for fifth place and Grant actually won on count-back. The results below need to be mentally corrected as I can't be bothered with all of the hassle of going back and changing the pictures on PhotoBucket.

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Bob Dare, Brian Pennifold and Mr Squiggle rounded out the fleet.

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And so to the New Correction factors. We have a new gun sailor.......Tony White has brought the A Class back to the top of the board. The last person to do this was Steve Arthur. Tony's new Correction Factor at the end of the day was 1.02. Everybody had their Factor divided by 1.02 to bring our top boat back to the 1,00. This managed to sneak a couple of sailors down one Division on the Stern Chaser. Well done Tony. Just wait for the next Stern Chaser if you're willing to run the A Class in it.

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The other biggish jump was Bob Tuohy whose10 Rater is only 0.01 behind Tony.

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Thanks all for a good and entertaining day.

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RACING 15 DEC 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on January 14, 2019 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I suppose I had better catch up on my homework.

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This was our last stern chaser of the year. If I recall rightly, the wind was light and dropped out causing a cancellation of races after Race 7.

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David 'You can't beat the handicapper' Martin was going to pull out after Race 6 but decided to go for one more. David was ahead at the end of Race 6. If Grant Murray had won Race 7, he would have won the day on count-back. Congratulations, however, to David on his win.

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Well done also to Grant Murray on a well-fought second place.

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Brian Pennifold kept the A Class flag flying with a close third place.

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John Lykke was just pipped by Brian. So close.

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Bob Dare put in a good day with his Marblehead and wasn't that far back from the leaders.

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Then came the peleton.

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Geoff Smith led the peloton on count-back.

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Graham Alcock was placed second in the peloton.

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Bob ##$@?!!! Watson should have sailed at least one more race and he would have beaten the peloton.

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Bob Tuohy tailed up the peloton.

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David Draper sailed the safety boat.

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Good fun. Funny to spectate.

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RACING 05 DEC 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on December 5, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

What a beautiful day to build sand castles! We even had a 4 year plus one day old to christen the sand pit. After digging around with an old tree branch and a stainless steel cup and then seeing the baby swallows he decided that he wanted to come out again. Hook 'em young before they get into computer games.

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We had the usual Foci plus a couple of ring-ins. Congtatulations to Graham Alcock on his narrow Line Honours win.

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A big well done to Bob Dare who, despite scoring as many firsts as Graham, finished in second place. Were it not for a couple of tactical errors close to the finish line, Bob could have knocked Graham down a spot. As usual Bob saved his worst for last. Probably losing concentration while anticipating his chiro visit.

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Bob Tuohy once again proved that there is many a fine tune played on an old fiddle by rounding out the podium, two points behind Bob Dare.

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Graham Edwards started off with a roar and, despite the appearance of the Line Honours score-line, sailed well through the day.

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Adriaan Sakko had his moments. Unfortunately the breeze did not favour his boat on the day.

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David Hyde sailed a couple of races and then dropped back to the spectator mode. Nothing wrong with that. Whatever floats your boat.

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At the dam, I think I said that Bob Dare had won the Corrected Time. However, it turned out that I had incorrectly given him two discards. While the sand was being delivered I was unable to get times for the first two races. Hence the Corrected Time was only scored over Races 3 to 9 which only allowed for one discard.

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Ta Da!! Well done Graham Edwards. A just reward for your improvement over the year.

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To Bob Dare............Ya, Boo, Sucks. You should have gone for the extra race.  Second on Line Honours AND Corrected Time. Too bad Bob, but a great result.

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Bob Tuohy also did a double by placing third on both finishes.

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Graham Alcock just scraped in ahead of Adriaan Sakko.

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Again, David Hyde provided the commentary.

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So, how did all of this affect the Correction Factors?

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Graham Alcock, being the gun sailor for the day, stayed exactly where he was.

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Bob Dare shifted from 0.81 up to 0.91.

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Graham Edwards was the big mover by shifting from .68 to 0.84.

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Bob Tuohy sailed exactly to his Factor with respect to Graham Alcock and stayed right on his 0.89

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Adriann Sakko is now rated at 0.83 which looks a bit high but that is how the numbers panned out. Future races will refine this.

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David Hyde didn't sail enough races to get re-rated.

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It is Marblehead/10 Rater on Saturday. I may not be there as I've got a grandson's birthday party to go to at some stage of the day. Whoopee!

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FOCUS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 26, 2018 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

SATURDAY 24 NOV 2018

A small, but determined, crew turned out for this, the first leg of the Focus Championship, after racing was blown out on the 21st. Conditions were fine with all of the subtle variations that are possible at times on the dam.

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Congratulations to Bob Dare who best handled the conditions for a very solid win. He got a bit tired towards the end and slipped in a couple of seconds and then he had to go off for his afternoon nap. He still did enough to take the day. If he went for his nap one race earlier things would have been very close.

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Well done to David Draper who started off a bit unsteadily but improved through the day. It's a bit harder without Graham's driving hand up the back of your jumper. Well sailed nevertheless.

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Geoff Smith just plain had a shit day. We all get these occasionally. Still, you made it onto the podium. 

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Congratulations to David Draper on winning the Corrected Time. It's a pity about your new Correction Factor.

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Well done Bob Dare who just scraped in ahead of Geoff Smith

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If Bob Dare can win the Line Honours on Wednesday he will automatically take out Line Honours Champion, Focus, 2018. If someone else takes it out there will be a one-on-one at some stage to determine the winner.

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Graham Alcock will be sailing his boat on Wednesday and so David Draper will not have a boat. David and whoever wins the Corrected Time on Wednesday will have a one-on-one, on Corrected Time, to determine the final result.

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As a result of Saturday's results, David Draper, who was on a Correction Factor of 0.65 has jumped up to 0.73.

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WEDNESDAY 28 NOV 2018

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I don't know what it is with the Foci guys, but they seem to enjoy threesomes. A different trio from the Saturday competitors.

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Congratulations to Bob Watson on completing a whole day without breaking anything winning Line Honours. An almost perfect copy book that was cleaned up on discards. Well done.

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Graham Alcock sat on Bob's hammer waiting to pounce. He just left it a bit late. Too bad Graham, but well sailed.

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Roy Shelton rounded out the podium with a reasonable performance from a boat that he was basically sailing cold being as how he is new to the class and had not had a chance to do even any basic tuning. He was also hampered with a winch that would not run out far enough for down-wind work. Nice sailing anyway Roy.

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On Corrected Time, Roy Shelton and Graham Alcock tied and the count-back had to go down to second places before Roy came out ahead. Well done Roy, tough toe-nails Graham.

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Bob Watson just managed to get onto the podium.

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It is now up to the two Bobs (Dare and Watson) to agree on a date for a shoot-out for Line Honours. Don't take too long about it please.

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Similarly, David Draper and Roy Shelton will have to come up with a date to decide the Corrected Time winner. With only 0.02 between them it should be an interesting day.

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Just another thing to note - Graham Alcock's Correction Factor has jumped from 0.83 up to 0.92. I'm sorry Graham, I won't fiddle with your rig again.

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RACING 21 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 26, 2018 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

For those of you who didn't notice, this was NOT a good day for sailing.

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This race, one of the legs for the Focus Championship, has been put back to Wednesday, 28 NOV 2018.

FOCUS CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted by Terry Smith on November 18, 2018 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Don't forget Wednesday 21 NOV 2018 and Saturday 24 NOV 2018 are the FOCUS Championship days.

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Come and watch some one design racing with these grreat little boats.

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RATING ALERT

Posted by Terry Smith on November 18, 2018 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to a gentle enquiry fron Peter White, I realised that I did not do new Correction Factors for the A Class yachts after the racing on 06 OCT 2018.

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As a result of that day's racing we have quite a crowd vying for gun sailor of the A Class boats.

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New results were not calculated from the State Championship because, as stated in the race report, we had no-one to record times. Hence the State Titles recorded Line Honours onlly.

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RACING 17 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 18, 2018 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The penultimate Sternchaser for 2018. Breezes fair to fickle. Weather fine. We didn't have to get the rescue boat - only just.

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We had a good mix of boats and experience for our last but one for 2018.

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Congratulations to Bob Tuohy who came in to take the day by one point with his 10 Rater. I believe that he was grumbling about his handicap early in the day but all came together at the end. Well sailed Bob.

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John Lykke brought his Marblehead in on silver, just beating out third place by one point.

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There was a three way cat fight for the bronze. David Draper (Focus newcomer) came out on bottom by virtue of only scoring one first place while the other two scored a pair each. Geoff Smith (Marblehead newcomer) kicked Bob Watson's (Marblehead oldtimer) fingers off of the climb onto the podium by scoring one second place to Bob's none.

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Well done Geoff Smith. A bit inconsistent, but you got there.

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Well done Bob Watson. We realise that your sailing style was linguistically cramped by the presence of Bob Dare's young'uns. Tough toenails.

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Well done David Draper. Fairly consistent results through the day.

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Brian Pennifold's A Class missed out on the cat fight by two points. Close one Brian.

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Bob Dare didn't have a real good day. He only just beat Graham Alcock who only sailed in six of the ten races. I tried hard for you Bob, but I couldn't quite get you up there.

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Graham Alcock - what a man! When David Draper's Focus decided to chuck the towel in, Graham sacrificed his chances by handing off his boat to David. The things you do for the kids, eh?

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Thanks for an entertaining day, guys.

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