Another fantastic day for round 7 of the R.M and round 9 of the Dragon Force , Starting with the R.M we only had four boats on the water due to a last minute electrical glitch with Ivan’s transmitter However Ivan very kindly stayed on to do the scoring which was a great help to everybody and we are very grateful . We also ran the I.O.M fleet with a 1 minute delay , which made life more difficult than normal so the scores you see below are for both fleets but only the R.M will go on the series so far sheet , The day was sunny and very warm with about 10/12 knots of breeze from the North West , a course was set using the south bank and three laps were required to complete the course with a short dog leg to the finish, Martin Lambert stamped his authority on the event winning the first three races in a row , his boat looked superb and is well cared for , In fact he lost only one race of the six , with Graham Keighley taking race 4 . A consistent set of results from Bob Geary gaining five second places , with Colin Marsden not having the best of days. We wait with anticipation for another R.M to join the fleet which will make 7 at the club if they all turn up for racing .
results below and you will see that Dave boy Gunson after a long absence from the club was what appeared to be the best of the I.O.M racers, One of the most improved sailors in recent weeks has been Mick Hunt GBR 131 sailing his new ish Lintel and only 2 points behind D.B.G , Alan Newman also had a great morning and in fact in two races pipped the R.Ms Jim Dinmore is getting better by the week and there were signs today that newcomer Bert Whitehead is staring to get the knack , Practice Practice , He also is pretty good with a spanner in hand as we have found out with our tractor mower, A large turnout can be expected next week for round 11 of the I.O.M series .
Round 9 of the Dragon Force summer series got under way shortly after lunch in perfect conditions over a shortened course , again Martin Lambert stole the show with 6 points from 8 races and again Mick Hunt showed some consistent form to take second place , Chaz (expletives ) Jordan taking third spot , from a Guest and hopefully future member called Chris, who put in a fine performance , Phil GBR 44 came with a hangover and it showed , Norman Fish did actually beat Jim Dinmore on count back but I could not get it to show it on the score sheet , Alan had a miserable day and Gordon’s boat filled with water and the winch packed up, We need a bit more effort from the Dragon fleet I think we have sixteen in the club so a bit more commitment is needed, Full results are below and I will put the series results up in the next couple of Days
A breezy blustery day greeted 15 competitors at Scotland farm for round 10 of the I.O.M summer series, We welcomed a new member and a repeat visitor to the club on what was to be a good blow with B suits all round. The rain held off but we had a brief two-minute shower about mid morning and then the sun came out to stay . Proceedings were slightly delayed as the wind changed direction just prior to the start and a new course had to be set along the south bank and we eventually started at 10 15 am .Race one was won by Mick Chamberlain GBR46, but it was by no means easy on the windward leeward course with places changing on a regular basis. Martin Lambert having completed the sale of his Lintel and having to sail an old but perfectly formed Gadget GBR 14 was finding things a little more difficult , especially as this was Lintel weather , The other Lintel in the fleet Chaz Jordan’s GBR 99 had yet another early bath going home before the first race was completed. Graham Allen sailing his new Chienz was performing well as was Bob Geary s new EVO 3 GBR 58 , but none as well as Robert Wilson Fraktal GBR 97 designed by Graham Bantock who went on to dominate the next 4 races leaving all in his wake. The racing was exciting, with battles throughout the fleet taking place, making for some very fast and furious racing , The results are posted below , but I would just like to give my thanks to Martin for having a teach in on rigging and first beat strategy including starting as soon as racing had finished , there will be more of this in the future because we find that the level of sailing has improved this year , which is good for the individual and for the club.
Seven hardy souls braved the inclement weather for a shortened event. The wind was generally from the North East despite the forecast but was very variable both in strength and direction but at no time posed a problem even to the Dragons with the large sails. The rain was also variable but when it was heavy it was very heavy. At the end of race 6 the wind was at its lightest and the rain at its heaviest so racing was abandoned.
Round 9 lived up to its expectations with a great turnout that ended up with 17 skippers taking to the water , It could have been 18 but for an unfortunate winch failure of Chaz Jordan . We had two very welcome visitors with Darin Ballington GBR 98 Britpop and Robert Wilson GBR 97 Fraktal. The breeze seemed a little stronger than forecast and everybody held on to top suit for the six races with only one or two diving boats on the run. Bob Geary was sailing his brand new EVO 3 GBR 58, and despite the rig not being tuned to what may be the optimum, put in some very good performances to take 5th spot . Jenny Hand GBR 169 also had a fantastic day sailing in to 6th spot to which I am sure she will be very pleased . There were battles up and down the fleet and the racing was hugely competitive no matter where you were sailing in the fleet. The standard of sailing has improved quite a lot at Scotland Farm this year and everybody is enjoying their sailing, shore side manners are also very good and it is nice to see turns being done for any small incidents. At the end of the day it was Darin that took the honours with seven points and Martin Lambert in a borrowed AB4 took second spot from Mick Chamberlain 3rd and Robert Wilson 4th . The results and some pictures of the day are below , and I would like to thank all the competitors for making it such a great day of competitive racing .
We had a few Dragon fun races with 10 skippers taking part ,,,, the serious stuff is next Sunday 10th August .