The met office just about got it right for round 4 of the I.O.M winter series, 16 skippers arrived at Scotland Farm, We welcomed one visitor, the wife of Darin B, Tracy B, so we had two ladies sailing. The wind was going to be B suit, and although the majority started with B’s those who had A suits were soon running for cover as the breeze built after a couple of races during the morning, A slight problem re the dingy meant we could not lay a true beat for the course for the first two or three races and so sailed from the East Bank, we then got the dingy sorted and the logical step was to sail on the south bank, which was slightly better. Dave Burke gbr 30 was straight out of the blocks with two bullets in the first two races, normally a slow starter, I think he surprised himself. Jenny Hand gbr 69 sailing her brand new Brit Pop ( after official launch with Champagne ) got a fourth in the first race beating her son Tim, “it was quite a wide smile ” Mick Hunt gbr 131 continues with his fine form sailing in the top half of the fleet, Graham Allen gbr 88 was having a quiet day and kind of up and down. Race three saw Mick C gbr 46 hit the front and he also won the next three races, with Neil Coleman gbr 89 in close attendance in his Cheinz sailing very well. The beat was shifty as you got nearer to the windward mark , and as the morning went on boats were pressed downwind with a bit of diving, By race 7 Darin B gbr 92 found a bit of form ( in a borrowed boat) and won race 7 and 8, Dave Burke managing a 2nd in race 7, Chris Corrin had also found a bit of form getting two 4th’s in race 7/8. The racing was good fast and exciting , and many members are improving their standing , if they look at there results maybe they can re-run events in the head to see where they went wrong, a good starting point is look at your discards, and see if you could lower your scores in those races. All in all a great days racing, and a fantastic turnout from all club members with some notable performances against top class skippers. The ladies battle will continue for sure.
The next Round is ROUND 5 I.O.M Winter Series February the 1st 2015