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FOCUS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 26, 2018 at 2:05 AM

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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