A spectacular morning greeted the eight skippers who lined up for the final seven races of the Dragon Force 65 Remote Controlled Yachting Winter Championship on Sunday 17 September. Shining sea, clear skies, cool breeze, great company and banter… where would you rather be?
Just before the start of Race 1, the dreaded swirling westerly gave way to a great 5-10kt southerly that blew almost straight down the pond. Race Officer Ed’s decision to have an off-wind start made for a very even run to the first mark and fewer rule infringements – at least until the first rounding mark... We stuck with that system for all seven races and it made the day that much more interesting.
Brett Madsen made a very welcome return after driving up from Sutherland for the morning and would have finished 3rd but for an 8th in race 6. He’s quickly jumping up the rankings after some high places. Richard Franklin (with his new fluoro yellow wind pennant) was usually at the front. We wish him the best of luck in the Dragon Regatta in Cannes, France. John Vickery, sailing the black stealth boat, was always threatening at the top of the fleet, picking some great wind shifts to appear out of nowhere and take the lead at times.
We were lucky to welcome Michael McClean who joined us for the first time; his scores improved throughout the day. With his experience in Solings and IOMs, he will be on the pace in no time at all.
Our other newcomers John Hunt and John Marty are still grappling with steering and boat gremlins but will benefit from the Practice Days and the extra sailing at Wondakiah. Wondakiahian member Virginia Ware came along to observe, no doubt the Wondakiah crew will help her out a lot.
The winner for the day would have to be Kel Burgess and his excellent performance with four bullets despite his brother Phil’s best endeavours to match race him to the finish and take the spoils.
With the final race day over, we have one final practice day before we turn our attention to the NSW Regional Championships which will be held at our Club on 30 September and 1 October.