With an ominous forecast of heavy rain and thunderstorms, ranks were thin for heat 11 of the Bomaderry Bowling Club’s point score run by the Nowra Community Sailing Club last Saturday.
With a reaching (cross wind) start and outgoing tide the trick was not to get carried over the starting line before the starting signal and Michael Fairbairn did this best just ahead of Wayne Norris, Bill Jauncey and Mark McKinnon.
With the tide assist, some good gusts and flat water the broad reach to the eastern mark was quick and Mick struggled to get his faster Finn class dinghy clear of Wayne and Bill who were side by side, with Mark just behind them.
Mick managed to find his pace in the second lap and pulled clear of the Spirals, with Bill just hanging on to Wayne and Mark not far behind.
Over the next three laps Mick got well clear of Wayne who managed to set his sails better than Bill and used some key gusts to secure second place.
As the thunder began to rumble to the north the decision was made to shorten the race. Aluminium masts are not ideal to be close to in an electrical storm and all the boats were back on shore as the heavens opened and all the sails and boats got a wash.
The Bomaderry Bowling Club point score is decided on personal handicaps and was easily won by Mark from Bill who was five seconds ahead of Wayne, with Mick well back in fourth.
This race began the Post-Christmas Point Score, and the winner of the Pre-Christmas Bomaderry Bowling Club Point Score was Michael Fairbairn from Wayne Norris, Bill Jauncey, Steve Phelps, Alan Hawkes, Cameron Phelps and Rod Dean. Congratulations to Mick!
This Saturday the club sails for heat 12 of the Bomaderry Bowling Club point score and heat nine of the championship.
As always visitors to our beautiful region are most welcome with the start at 14.20.