Heat 3 of the Radio Sailing Winter Series was held on Sunday 6th August in strong and gusty NE winds across the Pond. With all skippers using their A rigs for One Design racing, the boats were sometimes overpowered but made for some spectacular water ballet and very fast surfing conditions over the 6 races.
Locky Pryor made a welcome return to racing and immediately stamped his authority with 1, 1, 2 before generously handing his boat to Richard Franklin who had suffered a sail winch servo blow up after a 2nd place in Race 1. All boats suffered from electronic interference from a yacht moored near the top mark. Peter Cotton had a great win in Race 4 and John Marty’s 2nd in Race 2 showed just how close the racing is becoming. The big improver was Graham Lambert with several 3rd places. He must be inspired by the Admirals Cup 50th Anniversary celebrations later this year. Graham was skipper of Impetuous in Australia’s win which was recently ranked as the 4th greatest Australian yachting achievement in history.
Kel and Phil Burgess tied for first place on 16 points, with John Vickery, Graham Lambert, Locky Pryor, John Marty and Peter Cotton all within 13 point of the leaders. Phil leads Kel in the overall Winter series results, followed by John Vickery and Peter Cotton with 1 Heat remaining.
It was great to see skippers sharing their boats with inquisitive spectators, some of whom have ordered new boats. We now have over 30 boats registered in the Club, so the upcoming first NSW Regional Championships hosted by RSYS over the October long weekend is sure to be a huge fleet.
To join in the fun and low cost one design racing, visit the RSYS Radio Sailing website and come down to the Pond for the next Practice Day on Sunday 20th August.
For more information please email Locky at