Results - Victoria Results
29 November 2015

VIC IOM Regional Eddy Kennedy RD3 2015

Sunday November 29 was the date for the third round of the Eddie Kennedy Memorial Regatta for
2015. The event was held at Patterson River. The forecast was for light south westerly winds all day. We turned up in the morning to find the wind blowing at about 5 knots, slightly offshore. The
morning was brisk but fine.

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Fifteen skippers started the day, and the fleet looked very competitive. Regular competitors were joined by a few new faces. The Officials for the day were Frank Katers as PRO, Mike Pender as his assistant and Geoff Dawson as the finish recorder. Frank set a long course, sailing 3 laps of a windward leeward course.

The first race of the day was an invitational, designed to give skippers a chance to shake out the nerves, and the officials to have a look at the course. Of course, the winner of the invitation race is not a sought after position, as it generally means that you won't have a good day! Despite this, there were
a number of general recalls before the race got underway. The dubious honour of winning this race went to Rob Novak, sailing his V8 with some nice new rigs on board.

After that, racing got underway in earnest. The wind veered towards the west early in the morning, making the closer side of the race track greatly favoured. There were some monster lifts to be had if you got in the right spot. Craig Smith took out the first race, Kirwan Robb the second and Glenn Dawson, visiting from WA, took out the third. By lunch, the race committee had completed 7 races.

As the afternoon progressed, the wind gradually moved around to the south and increased in strength to about 8 or 10 knots.  Frank did a good job of making course changes when the wind shifted, ensuring the races were fair. There were 6 different heat winners by the end of the day, after 18 heats. Racing concluded soon after 4.00pm.

Andrew Reid had a slow start to the day, but came good in the last few races. There were a number of calls for him to be swabbed, as he really took off late in the day. Scott Fleming sailed very consistently, showing good speed and decision making. He will be one to watch in the near future. Mario had some races in which he finished in the top three. When he got going, he was very hard to catch indeed.

Rob Novak demonstrated the curse of the invitational race, by struggling with his new rigs all day. Andy and Rob had plenty on their hands getting the rigs right. Dave Thomas and Steve Early had their moments during the day. It was great to see Terry Rowe and Jeff Thorne perservere throughout the day. Participating in events like this serves to improve the skills of sailing in fleets as well as helping improve boat speed and it is certain they will be better for the experience. Well done for hanging in there guys.

Unfortunately both Chris Ryan and Ian Jemmeson ran into some problems with their boats and were forced to finish their regattas early.

In the end, the regatta was won by Western Australia's Glenn Dawson, sailing Geoff's V8, notching up 5 heat wins. Kirwan Robb took out 4 heat wins, and finished up 8 points adrift of Glenn. The podium was rounded out by Patrick Parisienne, who took just one heat win but sailed very consistently. Other heat winners were Rodney Mueller (3), who came 4th overall, Craig Smith (3) 5th overall, and Andy Reid (2).

At the presentation, all skippers thanked Frank, Mike and Geoff for giving up their time so that we could all sail. Thanks also to the Patterson Lakes club for hosting the event, Mario for doing the scoring and Tony Smith for arranging the lunches.  All in all, a good sailing day with pretty good behaviour, hard but fair racing and good company.

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