Captain Jack's Monkey
I've already written this once but Telstra
decided to heavily censor me by eating the entire dissertation. So
here we go and write it all again, hope I can remember it all a
It was a very tricky, very variable and very
light ENE breeze today. As is the case recently we had two new
competitors out enjoying the close racing today, Ron Fawcett in
his red Goth and Don Grainger in his not so red Pikanto. Ian
McDonald was also back carrying the flag today.
blooding his new Pop Gun that he bought from the Wynnum Manly
fleet and after he started getting the feel of it later in the day
he became positive threat. The course varied the ESE windward buoy
to the Easterly windward buoy as well as using the SE bottom gate
before moving to the Westerly leeward buoy. We continued to use
the SE starting line as it gave us a better windward work. The
line was biased to to leeward end and most starts became a race to
the leeward buoy and then tack on to Port to get the Windward mark
first. The Monkey seemed to get more than his fair share of
leeward end starts and this contributed to his overall performance
on the day.
We had four different race winners on the day
in Doug, Ross, Commodore Russell and the Monkey. Ron Fawcett also
covered himself in glory by getting two second places during the
day. Doug as usual was late and missed the first race putting him
behind the eight ball for the rest of the day. Commodore Russell
started the day on fire and was fighting for first place after 5
races. It was around about then that Doug and Ross started coming
to the fore and turned around the Commodores fortunes.
was saying earlier, the Monkey was getting more than his fair
share of leeward end starts and this contributed greatly to the
Monkeys success on the day because being at the Northern end and
tacking onto Port first almost guaranteed the competitor to get to
the Windward mark first. As the saying goes, the harder you work,
the harder you try the luckier you get and the Monkey had more
than his fair share of arsey luck.
At the end of the day
Doug overcame his tardy start to hold off Commodore Russell to
finish second while Russell managed to pip Ross by one further
point. Bill Heritage unfortunately had an electrical problem which
put him out of the running early. Everybody left the day happy
with the racing which was close, clean and most importantly
Next week is a club day so bring your two light
beers and a deck chair. Again, I am happy to take some time with
anybody who feels they need any help with boat tuning, boat set-up
and tactical advice during the races.
So to the results.
The Monkey was on fire today and for whatever reason the racing
Gods were smiling on him. Everything he touched seemed to turn to
Gold. This left Doug to get the Silver and Russell the Bronze.
Next Saturday we are going to have a meeting to discuss the
Wind-up of the Eddie Cowell Regatta and what we should aim at for
Monkey 12 pts
2nd Tardy Doug
Commodore Russell 35 pts