Waikato Radio Yacht Club
Match racing Report 29/04 /12
Sunday the 29th saw the running of our Bi Monthly Marblehead Match Racing Regatta.
With a dodgy weather forecast and the morning producing overcast conditions things looked like a full days racing was going to be a tall order.
However the weather Gods again smiled on our course and the rain stayed at bay with the start of fleet racing producing light breezes and shifting conditions across the course.
Neil Wood set a good course with good beats to into the wind to keep all competitors honest.
In the afternoon we started our match racing series into a steadily
strengthening northwestly at top of A rig and sometimes bordering on B rig.
A fleet of 7 boats made up the Match Racing section and despite the modest numbers entered it produced some close racing with varied results. Our new members Tony and Ian are settling in to their racing and are showing more speed and ability at every race meeting with constant improvement in their results and Gordon West showed a good turn of speed as the wind strengthened.
Murray Fitness despite only having a B rig, produced a fine display of racing.
The end of racing saw Neil Woods and Terry Coll tied for first place with a resulting sail off to determine the title.
The resulting sail off for first saw both skippers charging the line hard with Neil being over the line on the gun. This saw Terry sailing clear but Neil was not to be out done and sailed hard around the course continually reeling Terry in, but Terrys’ lead was just a bit too great and he ended up taking the event by only a few boat lengths from Neil.
Well done to all competitors for a great day of close racing and congratulations to Terry for taking the Match Racing Event out.
Results as follows:
4th equal. Tony Parker and Sharon Edge.