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Monday, October 18, 2010

MBSC short race series

With the Perth International just around the corner and the 2011 Worlds in sight MBSC and the volunteers from EFYC had a practice event with all fleets racing in the confines of Matilda Bay. Congrats to all the volunteers as the starts and finishes went off with out a hitch most classes finished 4 races with the Sharpies enjoying a 5th. Starter Andy provided an interesting day with short 2 lap races progressing to a time limit over 2 hours rather than a set number of races. Andy also had both start and finish lines operating which allowed fleets to be starting and finishing at the same time. A 3min start sequence also kept the fleets moving.

We had a nice 14 to 16 knot WSWer with the course legs of around 600m.Race one saw a little confusion as half the Sharpie fleet (6 boats)headed for the RPYC wing mark. Once we had this figured out racing wasa little more orderly. Mainiacs rounded the top mark first, Blacksun somehow managing to just make it to the start line on time then chose to go around a RPYC mark thinking they were the black sheep, Impact and Vita Brevis quickly realised their error and cracked off and followed Mainiacs around.However their glory was short lived with Impact and Vita Brevis quickly passing down breeze.

Vita Brevis and Keysie were looking good in the first two races with Impact, Mainy and 3LP sniffing about. Race three turned out to be the turning point,Impact and Vita were OSC with Impact restarting Vita sailed on the win the race but being punished for her error. With a good results in race 4 and 5  Impact took out the series and vindicated her last place in race 3. Keysie showed his normal style and hit thebar early forgoing race 5 an a crack at the title.

The series was a great success and with more of these scheduled our boat skills will improve.
A special mention must be made of Three Liddle Pigs series, as they were often near or in the lead early and Mikes starting technique is improving every race.

NOTE:
IT IS IN INTENDED WE WILL RESAIL CLUB HEAT ONE THIS WEEKEND.
THE LONG RANGE FORECAST LOOKS GOOD.

WE ARE HOPEFULL OF GETTING 5 OR MORE MBSC SHARPIES TO THE RONSTANREGATTA 30/31 OCTOBER TO JOIN THE 505 FLEET. HOPEFULLY SOME EFYC BOATSWILL BETHER AS WELL.
ENTRIES ARE ON THE FSC WEBSITE. THIS IS A BIG EVENT AN WEE NEED TO MAKE A SHOWING.

Email your entries asap to me and I will send them in if we can get the numbers.

Cheers,

Craig

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