Sounds like something from the Royale family, well not far wrong – it’s to do with the Commodore’s family. Following the naming of the Hodgkins’ boat ‘Kiss My RS’, they tipped it in so many times on Saturday it should perhaps be named Washing my RS. However, the conditions were such that they were not the only ones to go for a swim. The other notable swimmers of the day were Steve Hunt and Ruth, who seemed to make a bad habit of fighting through to the front and then capsizing! Robin Dawson was helming the Hodgkins’ RS in the second race, and ‘practiced’ righting the boat a couple of times before the race even started.
On Sunday, the conditions had eased a little, but there was still a bit of capsizing. Andy and Phil Smith, tried their hand in the 49er again and joined the weekend’s list of capsizers. Not to be beaten in one form or another, Steve Hunt gave the fleet a chance when he again capsized, but he’d regained the lead again by the next mark! He survived the final race without tipping it in again, but there was one leg where he trawled the spinnaker – when coupled with sailing the wrong course, and missing the first race due to traffic jams, all in all he used up quite a bit of bad luck – perhaps just in time for Bass Week?
As for the racing, the weekend series was a fleet challenge sailed on a personal handicap basis. With eighteen different helms in total there was a good turnout, but only two helms sailed all four races – Ian Macpherson in his laser, and William Carruthers in an RS, with Mike Fairlamb crewing on Saturday, and Toggle Cowan on Sunday. The results were close overall, but who else could the prize go to other than the treasurer, webmaster, results program author and birthday boy!
FLEET CHALLENGE B PN Boat Helm Class 1 2 3 4 Pts 1 937 W CARRUTHERS RS400 2 1 2 6 11 2 167828 I MACPHERSON LAS 3 2 3 5 13 3 1210 S HUNT RS400 DNS 4 1 7 31 4 12329 J WOOD GP RTD DNS RTD 4 41 5 13749 R DAWSON RS400 DNS 3 DNS 3 44 6 1125 JoHALLIDAY RS400 7 DNS 5 DNS 50 7 13142 R HODGKINS RS400 RTD DNS 4 DNS 53 8 161866 M SOMERVILLE LASER DNS DNS DNS 1 58 9 13839 H GODFREY GP 1 DNS DNS DNS 58 10 66942 J FERGUSON LAS DNS DNS DNS 2 59 11 913791 M COWAN TOP OD DNS DNS DNS 60 12 1117 K JAMIESON FF DNS DNS OD DNS 60 13 13733 A HODGKINS GP 4 DNS DNS DNS 61 14 13655 N LEWIS GP 5 DNS DNS DNS 62 15 4 P DILLON TOP 6 DNS DNS DNS 63 16 69960 M CHAPPEL MS DNS DNS DNS 8 65 17 10 A BAINBRIDGE TOPPER DNS DNS DNS RTD 67 18 13238 D NICHOLSON GP RTD DNS DNS DNS 68 Points for RTD = 11 5 7 10 Points for DSQ = 11 5 7 10 Points for DNS = 19 4 races to count