I.O.M Summer series had a slightly disappointing turnout for what turned out to be one of the best days of the year in all respects . A top suit Breeze from the south west and for the most part 90% of top suit and just sometimes there was a bit of nose diving on the run. A great course was set by Keith and Jen and with a swift 4 minute turnaround 12 races were done and dusted by 1 pm. Micks V9 kinda a bit lucky to win this one but hey they all count, and the racing was hot up and down the fleet, The weather was warm and by Tea break due to the walking / running everybody needed an energy drink , Couple of things the new jetty came in very useful thanks to the Wednesday gang and the clubhouse seats now have some fantastic new cushions thanks to Jen Hand. I must say the orange Lintel 39 had a good day and in race eleven crossed the line deservedly first, and in the following race only inexperience stopped him from a second place, For someone who has been sailing less than a year very well done Mick Cooper .
thanks to the race team for their hard work , it was a most enjoyable mornings racing
Fantastic day at Scotland Farm except not a breath of wind , well barely , it took 1 hourt to complete one race , with more incidents than you could think, Mick C got DSQ for ( after leading the race by a country mile ) bringing his boat in to clear a bit of the green stuff and then walking round to the next bouy and launching , ( i did not think anybody would notice ) 3 boats finished with Phil mastering the light and new boy Alan Edgar got a well deserved second with Ivan claiming a well deserved third , The skippers then got the flasks out and spent the next couple of hours chatting.
Fantastic day of sailing at Scotland Farm , 15 I.O.M competitors and 4 DF 94 skippers , steady 8/10 knots from just West of South made it perfect for racing on the East Bank Cris E started well with a win then Mick C took the next two races but that was as good as it got for the V9 , Kieth Holmes sailed a steady series and got better as the morning went on, The Df 95 fleet started two minutes before the I.O.M , and in future we may have to change things slightly as the I.O.M fleet did not stay away from the start line as they should ( respect for smaller boats ) on the whole it all went very well with little or no horrible green stuff around to spoil things. It was nice to see Chris back and winning after his poor performance at the Nationals ( we all have a bad day or two ). Rob Wilson who did very well at the Nats stuggled to find his form and may have had eleccy problems. It was nice to see some members who have been absent for a while, lets hope the exciting racing will bring them back for more . Many thanks to the OOD and assistand Bob G and Graham K , fantastic job , well done to Chris E for winning the day for the I.O.M , Looking at the DF 95 , Gordon bennett was on fire winning every race bar one, must be his secret set up, Ivan came in a close second, and Alan Edgar with his new DF95 came in third , Ed is improving at every outing, but the same old power problems seem to hamper him each week. Great turnout 19 boats well done to all, and for the harmonious way in which everybody conducted them selves on the bank ,,if not on the water . ( just joking )
A brisk breeze from the West greeted 9 I.O.M skippers and 1 DF95 who came down for some practice , The rain held off and racing took place from the East bank, A tiny bit of weed affected the racing but evened itself out , hopefully we are seeing the last remnants of it, Mick C’s V9 dominated the morning, with Keith H always pushing hard , B suit all Morning, which meant a few failures Gordons winch even before the start and Ivan’s servo on race 6 , Cake at half time in the club house which is taking shape nicely.
Round 7 is on the 25th September so lets hope everybody is back from Hols and supports the series