Scouting duties took a toll on the Nowra Community Sailing Club fleet last Saturday but those who came to compete for heat six of the Bomaderry Bowling Club Point Score enjoyed a shifting north-easterly around five to 12 knots and a strong incoming tide. This combination gave us effectively long works against the tide, short runs with it, and beautiful flat water.
Michael Fairbairn’s International class Finn dinghy was first over the line ahead of the Spirals of Wayne Norris, Bill Jauncey, and Rod Dean.
As expected Michael soon opened up a lead on Wayne and Bill who were just seconds apart for the first lap. Rod was having his first race in his newly acquired Spiral and elected to use the middle sized sail option and fell behind.
For the next three laps Michael opened a considerable lead on the Spirals and Bill managed to stay a few seconds ahead of Wayne. On the fourth lap Bill made a few tactical errors and Wayne was swift to capitalise on them to get ahead of the old bloke and open up a lead on him which he extended over the last three laps. Meantime Michael managed to lap the leading Spirals while Wayne and Bill lapped Rod.
Michael finished almost 10 minutes ahead of Wayne with Bill nearly one and a half minutes after Wayne. Rod came in next a couple of laps down on Michael but our course structure makes it easy to adjust times so all boats can finish around the same time, regardless of speed.
The Bomaderry Bowling Club Point Score is based on individual handicaps and for the second week running Michael Fairbairn won it by 78 seconds from Wayne who in turn was 41 seconds ahead of Bill. Rod was some distance behind the podium winners but boosted his handicap.
This Saturday we compete for heat six of the Bomaderry Bowling Club Championship and heat seven of the Point Score with the start as usual at 14.15. Visitors are welcome to join us on the beautiful Shoalhaven River.