Write up , By Dave Rigby , Many thanks Dave
Sunshine and a moderate breeze from the East welcomed the competitors for the latest round of the IOM Summer Series.
Dave and Graham set a course on the South Bank with three good beats despite the wind fluctuating by several degrees.
Numbers were down with 5 regulars away at open meetings and father’s day further reduced numbers to 6 keen competitors. oh and 1 off with Covid , Roger was severely compromised having forgotten his A Rig Jib so was relegated to using his B rig. There were only a few occasions when the wind increased enough to make him competitive. Having said that he made a very good account of himself during the days racing.
Dave was first out of the blocks taking race one from Kevin and Mike. Dave’s win was to be repeated for the next five races with Kevin and Mike trading places following some very close racing.
Graham suffered rig issued which were resolved at the coffee break improving his performance during the second session.
Race 7 saw the wheels come off for Dave, Roger did not see him on the start line and sailed into him with the boats becoming entwined. Mike made the most of the opportunity and sailed into a good lead. Dave and Roger managed to get untangled and Dave set off in pursuit of the fleet. Mike held his nerve and took the win from Dave with Graham a well-deserved third. Race 8 saw Mike and Dave pull clear of the fleet but they became too concerned with their race to see Graham go to the right of the beat and get a lift into the finish taking a well-deserved win from Dave with Mike third.
Race 8 saw the emergence of the weed as Dave picked up a great clump up the second beat. Mike did not need a second opportunity he sailed away to an easy victory from Graham with Dave recovering to Third after a pit stop.
Race 10 saw Dave back to winning ways from Mike and Kevin.
Congratulations to the winners with Dave taking the win, Mike second, and Kevin Third.
It was a great morning racing in an excellent spirit with all enjoying the mornings activity.