Take two for the 2016 John Emms Memorial Trophy after last week's weather forced the closure of Risdon Brook Park and postponement of the event. Conditions today were chalk and cheese with very light to calm conditions, however the BOM forecast was north to north westerlies to 10 knots but at first arrival conditions were mill pond and things were looking to be a rather slow day. Ten skippers entered the ranking event including veteran Jeff Byerley on his world's campaign, Lisa Blackwood with her mastery of the Brook, along with Michael Hickman and Ken Dobbie who have seen many a wind shift on the Brook over the years. Principle Race Officer was Stuart Harris assisted by the Commodore Dave Murfet and a big THANKYOU to both of you. As the starting time for Race 1 approached the breeze had filled in to a gentle 1 - 3 knots blowing down the dam with a hint of west in it and the course was set; start between 1 and 2, windward beat up to 6 to 5, run back to 1 then 2, back up and around the two windward marks, final run down to the 0 mark before the final short beat to the finish between 1 and 2.
Ray Joyce had his A swing rig trimmed to perfection and got the ball rolling with a win in Race 1 with Jeff Byerley finishing second and John Hall the minor spot. Race 2 and a double for Ray with another win from Lisa Blackwood close behind in second and Jeff on the podium again in third place. Race 3 and the F3 of yours truly took the gun from Jeff with his third podium and Andrew Wardrop getting the Red Dragon over the line in third place. Race 4 and a double for moi with Lisa Blackwood not far behind in second and John Hall with a close third place. After the first drop, Ray Joyce led the fleet with 6 points with myself in second on countback with 7 points from Jeff Byerley in third, Lisa Blackwood in fourth with 8 points and John Hall fifth with 10 points.
Race 5 and Lisa began her dominance of the afternoon with a solid win from Andrew Wardrop and Les Hanson sailing well into third spot on the podium. Pretty much a carbon copy in Race 6 with another win for Lisa and second for Andrew, however Ray Joyce claimed the 3 points for third. Race 7 and a hat trick for Lisa with John Hall sailing better with a strong second place from Wayne Behrens in third place. The final race of the event and four in a row for Lisa Blackwood with John Hall again in second coming good too late and Jeff Byerley filling the third spot.
Final results and the winner of the John Emms Memorial Trophy for 2016 is Lisa Blackwood with an impressive 8 points, 10 ahead of second place Ray Joyce with 18 points and 3 points ahead of yours truly in third place with 21 points, on countback from John Hall.
Next week is the return of the IOM's for Round 2 of the Winter Scratch Series with racing from 11:00 AM.
Happy Mother's Day Mum!
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