The weather & sailing conditions were so good today I have put it in a bottle to be bought out when needed in the future. Started out with a soft & patchy breeze fluctuating between south & north but about 11 am the sea breeze arrived giving the 14 skippers some excellent sailing. The handicap series started with a long distance race with the back marker part of the fleet on a 2 minute penalty - the race was won by Kim Potter in fine style who of course suffered a time penalty for the next series of short races held after lunch. The fleet was again divided into 2 with the back markers carrying a 1 minute penalty. After 5 races Rob Cooney was declared a worthy winner with Tony edging out the Commodore for second.
Next Tuesday a few of us are by general invitation venturing down to Franklin (10 am ) to sail with the three I0M's in the Franklin fleet . Last Tuesday of every month the Franklin members have an open day for all classes so I thought it would be a good idea for us to support & promote I0M sailing at another club so if you would like to join us please come down & show your support & enjoy some Franklin hospitality.
Summer..... Today it arrived and was enjoyed by the dozen or so that enjoyed some very competitive racing. Good to see Peter Sylvester getting to grips with his new Cheinz and John Banks not breaking anything.
The race series today was conducted by Dave Murfett and after series of round the triangles and long distance saw Peter Germain win the beer from Peter Sylvester and Dave Jones third.
See you next week.
A great day on the water with just shy of a dozen boats greeting the starter. Wonderful to see some new faces showing interest in the boats with a couple of boats having recently changed hands as the fleet continues to expand.
The handicap series was ably run by Stew Harris with a good combination of triangle and long distance courses making it an interesting tactical sail for all.
The series was won today by David Jones (Britpop) by a single point over Ray Joyce (Britpop) with Anthony Castray (Trojan 2) a close third.
Sadly John Banks' day ended before it began with a broken side stay and Wayne Behrens burning a rudder servo before hitting the water.
Have a good week....