A fresh NW moving slowly towards the N and gusting to 16 – 17 MPH made the B rig the one to have. Minor failures were apparent during the morning which served to remind us all that maintenance is the key to cconsistent performance.
Some close racing was enjoyed in most of the fleet but Keith was master of the conditions. Well done Keith.
Duty Officers were Keith and Geoff Streeter.
The Martin Lambert & absent friens trophy also incorperating round two of the I.O.M summer series was sailed in near perfect conditions with tempratures well into the twenties and a great breeze from the south around 8 knots 11 skippers turned out and were not disapointed with the sailing. Chris E started well with a couple of Bullitts and then Rob W showed his hand with three on the bounce, we welcomed a couple of visitors Les and David from Market Bosworth, and it was nice to see the late Martin Lamberts wife, who could not stay for the prize giving but left the winners some nice refreshments. The breeze remained steady all day and there were some great battles going all all through the fleet and with banter to match about everything from hearing aids to port / starb incidents many turned a blind ear !!!, Star of the day was Jen Hand assistant OOD but more than that it was her big birthday and cake was in abundace Thanks Jen .
Nice to see Chaz racing hard and the second place was definatley on merit, Adrian had one or two probs and departed after three races, Good also to see Mick Cooper getting a couple of 2nds a 3rd and a 4th showing that the consistancy is coming along, something we all would like to be better.
All in all a fab days racing and our thanks got to the OOD Peter Cogill and his Assistant and all the helpers that made this event so nice to sail in.
Unfortunately Keith was not available to give the scheduled talk but Bill shared his experience concerning general sailing theory and practice. Sailing then got underway in a 12 to 14 mph E to ESE wind which was close to the limit of the A+ rig. A “lap and a leg” course was set along the south bank.
Thanks to the race team of Bill McPhee and Geoff Burrell.
8 skippers attended for the start of the Summer Series. The wind was variable in strength but fairly constant in direction from the NE. The result of this being that the windward marks came under the influence of the turbulance from the North bank which produced occasional shifts ready to catch the unwary skipper.
Many thanks to the Duty officers Chris Graves and Adrian Cripps.