The first round of the I.O.M winter series and C rig was the order of the day, there were times you could have used B rig and one or two skippers tried with some success. Dave Burke and Ed ran a good event as OOD’s and thirteen skippers sailed , some notable absentees, including one optimistic skipper who only packed his top suit, so it could easily have been 15 plus. The breeze from the North West provided us with a super beat and full length run on the South bank, 9 races completed with a little salad as it is now called, but with such a strong breeze you could power through it most of the time. A new Sedici was on show for the first time and showed some good pace but as with any new boat was hampered by one or two teething problems. Chris E gbr74 won the day with 5 first places and excelled in the breeze. I think all skippers went away happy with their racing, it was a fab day for sunshine and fast runs, and a great oportunity to try those small rigs that normally do not get used. Many thanks to all skippers for being there, and the officials for keeping things moving. A minutes silence was observed as close to 11 am as possible.
A good day for sailing even though the fresh breeze was from the wrong direction. North West to North is never an easy direction at Scotland Farm but the race officers, team Harpham, were up to the challenge and a challenging course was set using the existing mark positions.
Of the 9 skippers who started the event only 5 were still sailing at the end due to a variety of reasons.
Ties were resolved in favour of Gordon ( 2 ist places to Ivans 1) and Roger ( a 4th place to Micks 5th}