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Monday, November 4, 2013

Weekly Sharpie Update

With only 7 weekends before the Nationals it is time to crank up preparations.
10 Sharpies competed in the Squadron opening day in a typical dying Sou Easter.
Plenty of shifts, most of them from the south, making the course a bit one sided. I will make up a new easterly track next year.
Perth Pathology (OCS) and No Regrets (returned) jumped the fleet and with the commodore of PFYS parking his 60 footer in the bailed out zone most of the fleet were in bad air or shunning waters. Impacts skipper made a botch of the start and took a couple of minutes to get over line which in one regard was good as she had clear air!@#$%^&*.
After a poor start The Lizard made up ground by mark two and hit the lead as the fleet made it back to the top mark (PC remember next time it is Smith, Lucky Bay not just Smith). Perth Pathology was second, Keysie third and Impact scooting back to within a minute of the leaders. After good first legs Mainie and Wise Magic must have stopped for a picnic on the Applecross bank. Bullet was clearly sandbagging to improve her handicap standing.
In the end The Lizard took out first, Perth Pathology was 30 seconds behind (OCS) and Impact (30 sec) and Keysie (60 sec) behind that.
The high light of the race was watching a cat with scantily clad cultural dancers run aground on Pelican Point. Ash Gabrielson was quick to render assistance offering to take the women and children to safety.
A few intrepid travelers are off to Bunbury on Saturday then back to MBSC for the first three state selection heats Sunday afternoon.
Craig Mann

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