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Author Topic: A review of the racing season  (Read 387 times)

Ernie Lazenby

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A review of the racing season
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:30:41 AM »
An early review of the season.

The yacht racing appears once again to be a contest between Ian Holmes and Geoff Sutcliffe. In the open class its difficult to see who is going to beat either of them and its apparent that Ian is on course to pick up the silverware; it could all change of course. In the restricted class other skippers can cause a ripple or two to upset the accepted order of things but in truth its hard to see who other than Ian or Geoff will win this class. Its been said before but its worth repeating, Ian spends many hours practising trying to understand how the wind is affected by the trees and low lying water and his efforts are rewarded by consistent results. Putting in time and effort is the way to the podium!

The scale racing may be more open this year and its too early to get any positive views as to who will win it. Doug white has the fastest boat currently as demonstrated last Wednesday but can struggle to finish a race. Last time out he won the race with some skilful driving. Geoff Earl is perhaps the most consistent with a boat that's not as fast as some others but he drives it well on a tight course and is always in the mix. Keith Waordby has a new boat that has attracted comment however it has passed inspection and is fit to race. Too early to say if this boat will be the one to beat because keith has missed two race meetings so far. Other skippers are poised to cause an upset if the front runners slip up or should that be turn over/hit the wall or go to Blackpool ;) ;D

The air boat racing is much more open and its far too early to predict who is going to be champ this year. Much will depend upon who drives the best and gets the best out of their boat/batteries.   Dave Moss has been racing Ernie's boat which is clearly the fastest in the club having gone through some serious research and development; some comment has been made about this however as Ernie says he cannot drive the boat! Also most of the air boats have been altered/set up by Ernie so its level playing field. Its a class anyone can win. One thing very noticeable is how driving of these boats has improved since the class was introduced. Good fun to watch and indeed take part in. 

Footies.  Not much to say really about this class other than we need more of them. Currently only three members are interested and its going to be a Geoff Sutcliffe benefit again unless things change.   
« Last Edit: June 08, 2018, 11:01:30 AM by Ernie Lazenby »
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Re: A review of the racing season
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2018, 10:35:04 PM »
Dave Moss is now the owner of Ernie's air boat, all paid for deeds signed etc etc. :) ;D  Dave is now racing his own air boat.

The committee meeting today also ratified the position with Keiths boat; it passes muster and that ought to be the end of the comments about whether its suitable for the class. In future the competition secretary with one other committee member will decide if a boat falls within the class we race. Their decision will be final.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2018, 10:39:19 PM by Ernie Lazenby »
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