DAC Results, Scratch Racing, Thu 22nd June 2023


Sixteen DAC Sailors attended a very quiet day on the water today.

The forecast indicated a pleasant and gentle Nor’Easter. The numbers above accepted the expected cool temperatures and we looked forward to some challenging sailing.

And that’s not what we got!

The “wind“ was 0 to 2 Km/Hr with one or two gusts to 4, (0 to 1, gusts to 2 Knots).

The overcast removed the glare factor, that was the plus for the day.

Fortunately, with such a pleasant group of Sailors, the time on the Deck was very enjoyable. There is a potential book to cover the number of comments issued forth, there was humour abound.

We drifted through the Practice Race, and after some time, we assembled for Race 1.

The unchanged Course gave us a downwind start and we proceeded to the first mark at a very slow pace.

Early contenders were Phil Stevenson and Peter Close with Graham Brown rapidly drifting through the Fleet. Barry McCarthy found a zephyr and was an early leader. Unfortunately the zephyr died and Barry joined the drifters.

Lew Verdon and Martin Thearle, who are both fairly new to RC sailing, appeared towards the front at some stage with Judy Evans also inserting her #319 into the front group. Ian Spencer and Geoff Lucas found a quiet place to rest and both spent considerable time racing backwards. Brendan Hones had a good day and spent time at the front. Philip Hetherington and I drifted together for quite a while, our headings varied somewhat as we tried to point in the right direction. Terry Hey also had some good positions throughout the Race.

At varying stages, we all had time at the front, for most it was short lived.

Reading the almost non existent signs of wind on the water was our challenge for the day.

This was superbly read by Peter Close. Peter also spent time in reverse but was still able to straighten up and head for the marks and win our only Race of the day. Phil Stevenson was able to maintain his position in the front group with Graham Brown spending most of his time going forwards. Maintaining momentum was the key!

And that was the day! Time marched on and we decided, that was enough.

The Race winner was Peter Close 1.

Peter Close took the honours for the day to win 1st place on 1 point.

Phil Stevenson finished in 2nd place on 2 point.

Graham Brown finished in 3rd place also with 3 point.

The Club Championship now has Graham Brown in front from Noel McPherson and Phil Stevenson.

Our next Sail day is Thursday 29th June for a Scratch Event.