Well not much to say about 26th February at Scotland Farm , cos if you were not there you probably missed the best racing, and the biggest entry for a club race in a while , loadsa smiling faces , new boats, old boats, this is what we pay our subs for. 17 skippers, almost wall to wall sunshine 12 degrees, and if you stayed in bed well all I can say is rowlock’s , Ok rant over, Chris started well with a bullitt in the first race, Dave having a battery problem meant he did not finish, but sure enough his brand new britpop came back to form winning the next three out of four. It all started with a good B suit breeze apart from the Lintel of Mick Cooper who chanced the A rig, to be fair the breeze was a bit up and down but once you were rigged you left well alone , to be fair also, Mick Cooper will be going home a very happy bunny gaining three second places in a fleet of very good skippers and he has only been sailing for a year, well done old man. The course was three very long beats and two runs almost the length of the lake the wind was perfect, the course was so long only 8 races were held. There were battles going on throughout the fleet and it made for great veiwing . The V9 of Mick Chamberlain saved the best to last with two straight wins after a fairly consistant performance, (Ok trumpet back in the box) and finally topped the leaderboard, Dave Burke just nicking second from Chris Elliott, with Rob Wilson getting fourth, I think everybody enjoyed themselves, need we say more dont miss the next round, put it in your diary now IT IS the 19th MARCH
Many thanks to Mick C and Graham K for sorting the course
A good day for sailing but a low turn out.
Once again the forecast was about right, 10 to 12 mph from the West. Not quite the Carribean weather they forecast for early next week but a lot warmer than last week and dry. A two lap course along the south bank gave the 6 boat fleet some good sailing and the RO kept the pace up to allow 10 races to be completed.
Well done and many thanks to Phil Harpham, who also won the event.
The day was cold and wet, the wind was about as forecast at 15 mph from the NE gusting to a strength which was close to the limit of the tall suits. This made the temperature feel more like -2 than +2 as measured. Despite it all 6 IOM’s and 3 DF95’s were on the water.
A course was set along the east bank which consisted of 3 beats and 2 runs but this was shortened to 2 beats and 1 run in order to ensure a reasonable number of races and to finish with an odd number of races so that potential problems with ties were avoided. Despite some close racing this was achieved and it is recommended ( by the scorekeeper!) that this be adopted as a routine whenever possible.
The Duty RO, Keith Holmes, ran a well organised event despite the non attendance of the ARO, Geoff Burrell. Well done Keith.
A simply glorious day greeted the 13 skippers for round 4 of the I.O.M winter series. When II say that word I mean it was not to cold and there were bits of Sun shining through, the wind however was true to the forecast which said 4 knots , Totally different direction and in terms of beaufort scale I would say about one and a half. We started on the East bank did three races, moved to the South and did three more racing was tight between Mick Gbr 46 and Chris Gbr 74 with nip and tuck all the way, Gordon Bennett Gbr 130 had a great day and will be well pleased with his result, we welcomed a new member Roger Bowtle gbr 58 white who had some good solid results despite not having sailed for twelve years, Ivan Gbr 53 also sailed very well in the ultra-light conditions. After we had completed six races the wind died completely and OOD Chris was allowing the wind ten minutes to return, however whilst we were waiting two of the three swans on the lake had a bit of a dust up , and a couple of minutes later the loser decided to take off for pastures new, unfortunately the perfect take-off was interrupted by some heavy duty power lines on the West bank and the swan came tumbling down from a fair height and landed just inside the sheep field. All I can say is Phil Called the R.S.P.C.A and they came out to check the bird out. What followed cannot be added to this write up but trust me you will get to hear about the end result, which was happy for the swan, but not so for Phil. All in all, a nice day. Chris held a minute’s silence for our friend Norman Fish who died recently, and he spoke fondly of the good old days when Norman was just a lad winning all sorts in the MYA. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Results below and a couple of pics of all the members who showed up on the day on counback Mick just nicked it from Chris, On the two 8th places
it is not as shown, and Roger Bacon took 8th from Alan Newman due to his 3rd in one race, apolagies for the spelling mistake Narpham should read Harpham.
Not forgetting the OOD’s fantastic job to get racing underway with so little wind , well done Chris and Neil