Marblehead Challenge series
2nd Round, LAKE Rotoroa Hamilton
10th February 2013
Sunday saw Waikato Radio Yacht Club hosting the 2nd round of the Marblehead Challenge series.
A field of 15 Marblehead’s lined up to contest this 2nd round which was pleasing to see the continued interest in the class and skippers willing to put in the effort to support this class.
A light S/W breeze was forecast for the day which saw patchy conditions across the course and kept the fleet rather even…. One of those days where being out in front was not necessarily any advantage as you more than likely displayed where the holes were in the breeze for others to see and sail wider and past you while stalled !
A fast yacht helped but abilities with being able to spot the shifts became priority to get across the line in pole position.
This saw for some great racing with the lead changing several times during each race and a win could not be taken for granted till over the line.
In some races, the leading yacht had a handy lead only to be run down from behind after stalling a matter of a few boat lengths from the line. Maybe a bit frustrating but also made for some laughter and friendly banter amongst the skippers.
Graham Roberts sailing the ex Carl Smith Dibley and first outing with an RM took the honours for the day to display his sailing abilities. Grant Lane was again Mr consistent to finish 2nd and leads the series with GrahamBowen right there in every race to take out third.
Peter Crookes came agonizingly close to securing his first win in the series in a couple of races only to be just pipped at the post and Bill Bradley coming to grips with his new Gothic RM showing enough to suggest this yacht will be right in the results with more time on the water.
Despite some lively penalty calling, all skippers must be commended for the excellent attitude during racing which in turn made for a fun days racing and this all bodes well for the series and the class as a whole.
Next round is at Wattle Farm in May. See you all there.
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Thanks to Wayne & Ken Cairns of Hamilton for photos