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IOM Winter Series Round 4 5th February 2017

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







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