As I could not be on site for the racing some skippers have contributed some words, I would like to thank them for their time.
A 2nd weekend of Mick Chamberlain missing a great morning’s racing, Many thanks Covid 19 ,16 skippers turned up on a glorious Sunday Morning a fresh breeze from the Northern sector enabled Tim Hand and mum Jen to set a course on the East bank . Tim H 44 set the early pace getting good results in the first three races ,The usual suspects were pushing the front with Chris E 74 getting good results including a bullet in race three, but Darin B 98 then came into his own with three wins on the trot, however the standard of racing is getting to a point where if you don’t get the first beat and start right, you are not coming through the fleet as you once were. Several commented on the past where back markers were being lapped, no more, all the fleet were on the final beat as the first boats finished, so big improvements all round .
I know I am getting deaf ( Pete W 65 ) however the banks were very quiet with very little discussion about rule infringement, penalties being taken when called. someone mentioned it was due to a lack of the commodore being present!! only joking. Darren was the man to beat regardless of the time he spent sorting numerous rigs out for other skippers who commented on the boat improvement, thanks Darren. We also had two prospective new members at the lake, Kevin and Sam, both known to me from dinghy racing with both having a good racing pedigree on the National and European front in fireball dinghies, Sam has built his own IOM but only has an A rig, if someone has a spare B for a reasonable price Sam would be interested. Kevin has an older boat which needs some TLC but has all the bits. What a great mornings racing. From Pete Walters
Great conditions, sunny, SW 9 to 15kts. East bank. Good course set by RO. Same as last week.
Darin B 98 gave lots of help and advice to anyone who asked.
Chris G 11 missed first two, had to replace his kicker, striped thread.
New boat joined in later in the morning. Kevin Hope New member to be we all hope he will come again
Tim H 44 retired early, broken shroud.
Discipline starts, very gentlemanly.
Lots of courtesy shown on the water. Most polite.
Must be the largest Sunday IOM fleet.
Great morning racing From Mike Williams
Top of A suit with stronger gust to start but it did get lighter at the end , lack of preparation and maintenance, does not help some skippers cause, Darin should take a bow and a big thanks to him for all the help he gave to skippers with encouraging tips, Tim also got involved rescuing a couple of boats including his Mums Jen 69 from Mick Cooper 39.
After some “conservative” starts, Mike W 76 made a few encouraging moves through the lower half of the fleet on several occasions.
New sails on 76 from the “Nigel at CAT ” look very nice, promising for the future.
Helpful measurement data from 98, very useful. a personal point of view from Mike Williams
As you can see Darin won with I am sure a fight Chris E 74 got second on Countback from Pete W 65 Dave Rigby 57 continues to improve and Chris Graves 11 despite missing the first two races and using his discards managed to hold onto 5th place. It was with great regret that I missed the racing but congratulations to all skippers who took part, and many congratulations to Darin for his win both on and off the water
Well done to the OODs for what I am told was a great morning. Mick C 46