Not to much to report here as both roving reporters were away , a brief chat with one competitor said it was windy and sunny and mainly B rigs were used. Race officer decided not to sail so that left 8 competitors to fight it out on the I.O.M front with Chris E having a clean sweep, with Keith Holmes hanging on to second spot, very close between Bob G and Jen H for the final podium.
Many thanks to all and hopefully fleet numbers will return for round four to try and stop this BP dominance.
With the DF fleet short as well due to the DF 95 Nationals, Gordon B showed his class, but nice to see each skipper recording wins.
The Nationals for this class was at 2 Islands and Mick C did not have too good a weekend ending up aprox 15th out of 40 full report for this can be seen on the DF 95 website
First thanks to Darin as designated RO but also as a close second to a number of skippers, too many to name individually, who helped to turn a good day into a great day. Well done one and all.
The day started with a short “teach in” which indicated that there is no need to specify a topic, all that is necessary is to ask “has anyone any questions about last weeks teach in”, the rest follows naturally. Thanks to Darin, Dave and Chris.
The usual, unco-operative Scotland Farm wind was anywhere from west to south west but due to some inspired mark setting by Darin and Dave, several courses were used during the morning without a single mark being moved.
The racing was spoiled to a degree by weed but seemed evenly spread through the fleet so hopefully the overall result was not unduly affected. From 11 races 4 different skippers had a first place but the overall winner was Chris due to consistent placings.
Ed and Alan had their “new” old boats on the water for the first time with mixed results but hopefully experience gained, also a welcome to Chris Graves, a potential new member.
Another fantastic day at Scotland farm for the combined I.O.M championship and DF 95 series , First up the I.O.M
Darin Ballington fresh from his exploits at the worlds in France and once again showed his class. The morning started with a rules half hour with Chris Elliott giving a chat on different parts of the rules and strategy with a little help from Darin and Dave Burke, and this went down well with the members, so more of that to come in future weeks I am sure. Racing got underway a little late, we sailed off the East bank and because the wind was due west the weather mark was a slight eyesight test, but I have to say a lot less mayhem there than I have seen in the past. We had a couple of visitors, always welcome, but it was Darin who took the first 4 races with Chris in close attendance, It was going to be a brit pop day, taking the three top places. The start line seemed more orderley, probably due to the chat we had, and racing was done with generally good behaviour.
Well done to Darin and many thanks to Race officers Mick and Ed results below
Four skippers contested round two of the DF 95 great breeze and they just did the one lap of the course . again from the East bank. Ivan took control staright away with four wins, Gordon just could not get going early on, but picked up by race five gaining a couple of wins, Alan Edgar got a couple of good results late on but it was not enough to worry Ivan who won the last race and took the top step of the podium. A great racing day and everybody went home happy, I must just mention Ed who was assistant OOD , he got a second in race one , but may have been suufering from a sleep issue as it kinda went downhill after that, Keep practicing Ed it will come good in the end . results below
THE RULES TEACH IN JUST A COUPLE OF PICS .
A fantastic morning greeted eleven skippers for round two of this summer series. A gentle breeze from the South enabled a course to be set on the east Bank. It was noted that the water level had again increased due to the constant rain of last week. Keith Holmes was trying out the new A rig + and in actual fact won every race bar none proving that in the lighter conditions more sail area did make a difference, Keith did not feature in the results of this round for that reason and was happy to trial the new rig, which over the coming months the skippers will take a vote on to see if we can introduce this rig in our DF 65 fleet as optional ( at the moment it is banned ) .
On to the racing Alan Newman started well in race one with a win and a second in race two, Phil Harpham was sailing consistantly well as was Gordon Bennett. The breeze was steady all morning and the sun had a glorious warmth to it that helped to keep it all very lighthearted on the bank. Only once or twice did I hear the shouts of “starboard” or “water at the Mark”, it was so quiet I thought my hearing aids had packed up. Great club racing and in the end Mick C came out on top with Phil H not to far behind , countback had Alan N just pipping Gordon B. I was very pleased to see Ed Whitaker getting the hang of it and actually sailing very well at times, also young Joe Harpham was finally enjoying some good results.
All in all a great day , many thanks to Keith and Joe for the OOD duties and all the skippers for turning up and having fun, A good turnout but could be a little better.