13 Skippers showed on Sunday 6th September, the weather forecast was not looking great with rain on the agenda, but as so often happens it turned out to be a fantastic morning for racing. A steady but quite shifty Westerly breeze around 8 knots had the fleet doing a dog leg beat along the East bank, Tim H 44 got of to a great start with the V10 winning the first race with Mum Jen H 69 coming home in second spot, team effort ,,, Pete Cogill 101 V 9 took third spot , and was sailing very well , and getting the shifts spot on.
Race two saw Rob W 97 with his Brit Pop win and Tim coming home second, Mick C 46 took third spot after leading and then getting a shift totally wrong. Race three and it was David R 57 (green hull) in his Vision followed home closely by Chris G 11 Brit Pop and Pete C another 3rd spot.
Chris G took race four and then it was coffee break the wind had veered probably 15 degrees and The OOD Jen decided we would try the South bank, The wind was still a little too far to the left, and it gave one long port tack and a short starboard tack to reach the weather mark, one or two boats also got in the way of some floaty weed notably Tim and Mick C, the winner of this race was Keith H 88 with his brand new Sedici, Jen H got second and Pete G another third and was showing some very consistant results, The OOD rightly reverted back to the East bank for the remaining races, in race six we saw Bob G 23 with his sedici take the win, Bob had been missing from the club for some months due to work commitments and it was gret to see him back, his racing/ tuning improved as the morning wore on and he must have been very pleased with his overall result getting two 1st’s and a second.
The racing kept everyone on their toes with the shifts and it was great to see Tim Hand taking top spot with his V10 and showing us all he is a force to be reckoned with in the future, Rob took second spot and Peter G sailed better than I have ever seen him sail to take third spot. This is Social sailing , and it was fantastic racing . We have a very competetive fleet of I.O.M’s at Lincoln and there can be no hiding place, so if you want some great racing in the East Midlands a couple times a month, this is the place to be, not saying everything is perfect, but its certainly 9 out of ten.
Many thanks to all who helped setting up and breaking down and also Mike W who did the scores for us, Jen for doing OOD’s stuff and of course all skippers who made it such an enjoyable morning, once again well done Tim,