8 skippers turned out for a fine but frustrating mornings sailing. The weather was fine with a gentle westerly just allowing use of the East bank. A fairly long course for 65’s resulted in 8 races being sailed. The weed was frustrating but appeared to evenly distributed amongst the competitors which resulted in 4 different skippers winning the first 4 races.
Thanks to Gordon and Roger for their efforts as Duty Officers
A first class summers day greeted the skippers but with only a knot or two of wind the first few races were going to be tricky, Mick C had a secret weapon ( sorry its a secret) for the light air with his V9 and bagged a bullitt in the first two races, closely followed by last years winner also with a V9 David Alston. By race 4 the breeze had become a nice south westerly 5 to 8 knots and racing was conducted on the East bank, one or two bits of the floaty green stuff, affected most skippers at some stage and yes it is frustrating but in reality it did not affect the racing that was held in high humour throughout. By 11am the sun was beating down and 25C was recorded, the breeze increased as the day wore on, and some fantastic close racing ensued. Some of the skippers brought their wives who very generously helped man the finish line and input the scores into the computer, they aslo had plenty of time for a chat and thoroughly enjoyed their day. Grainne Lambert came along to present the prizes on probably the best summers day this year. Many thanks to all the helpers and the good behaviour on the bank. It was nice to see a wide selection of I.O.M designs 7 out of 9 boats. Also nice to see three or four Visitors and potential new members having a look at what we do, we hope they return and come and have a go.
Results below nice to see the V9 winning two years in a row .
Round Four I.O.M summer championship + Round four DF 95 summer series
Fantastic morning at Scotland Farm small turnout but quality all the way. First up 7 skippers contested the Championship , and with the wind in the North West the South bank was used. This bank is shallower than the East bank and at this time of the year weed growth can be a problem, I am happy to say that although there were one or two bits of Floaty nobody was adversely affected and on Inspection the weed growth seems to have receded. The wind was a good steady 10 knots allowing a rig to be used all morning but by the time the last race was sailed at 12 45 there was a bit of diving down wind. Results below With Mick Cooper taking it on countback with his 1st place in race 2 from Alan Newman . many thanks to Roger and Ed for sorting everything out for us and for the good humour on the South bank. The two different classes seem to work well together with a minute between starts, keeping the fleets well seperated.
DF 95 round 4 summer series .
The DF 95 fleet had a new skipper Peter Webster, But it seems there is no holding back Alan Edgar, pretty new to sailing 12 months ago and with four wins from ten races !!!! gordon and Ivan will need to raise their games, Ed unfortunately had a burn out on his winch, and Peter W had some good results with a second and several thirds, well done to all for a great mornings racing.
A chilly start for round three but it soon warmed up as ten skippers came to the line. A good breeze blew from the South west enabling a course to be set on the favored east Bank, all top suits or No 1 rig which ever suits you. Some of the big guns were away and Mick C GBR 46 took full advantage winning the first two races. Rob Wilson was a little slow out of the blocks but as he was race officer, other things were on his mind. Gordon B won the third with Mick C and Rob W breathing down his neck. Racing was close all through the fleet, and it was good to see Ed Whitaker who is very new to sailing getting round the course in good shape, showing that the Wednesday lessons are working. Roger Bowtle was seen to be measuring all sorts on his boat which will help when setting up in future, he was also going much quicker than normal. I take this oportunity to greet new member Chris Graves to the club, sailing his B/P and we hope to see much more of Chris in the future at the club. 10 races were sailed during the morning and the results are posted below, Nice to see the V9 getting the better of the B/P’s this time, and also nice to see Mick Cooper doing well with his explosive TNT, I must say that in the very last race he led all the way until just after the last gate , Rob Wilson was two yards behind and Mick C a further yard behind, all I can say is there was an incident between the two leading boats, close to the bank AGGGGGGGhh I heard someone say , ( inexperience ??? ) and lessons to be learned , but the upshot was it let Mick C through and he led to the finish with a massive grin on his face.
Massive thanks to all the skippers who got there early and got everything set up and to Rob W for being our official for the day. It was a great day’s sailing with a good spirit , just how it should be , so thanks to all .