Day 2 of the A Class Championship certainly delivered. More skippers shared the glory, ensuring overnight leader, Lisa, was not going to have it as easy as yesterday. Saying that, she still only recorded a worst 3rd counted for the day.
Wind was variable to say the least. Consistent at least from the NNW to WNW direction, however ranging from 6 knots to over 30 knots at times, causing a few rushes to the lawn for rig changes. Personally, I changed three times throughout the day.
Unfortunately, we did have a level of attrition throughout the day with gear failure. The heavy weather always finds the weaknesses in the yachts. That said though, it was positive that the rescue dinghy, although deployed in case, wasn't required on either day across the 24 races.
In the end, as expected after yesterdays performance, Lisa came out on top to win the 2021 A Class Championship, with 29 points. John Cole-Cook got his Venom running great today and shot up into second place, on 58 points, with Ted Stevens also enjoying a nice rise up the field, to take home his first podium, in 3rd on 70 points.
Well done to all sailors for two days of fantastic sailing. Enjoyed also by quite a number of members, who turned up across both days to watch these graceful yachts strutting their stuff.
Special thanks must go to our support crew. Without the help provided, events such as these will never get off the ground. Thanks to Les Hanson, for his Pro duties, Anne Cole-Cook for the scoring, Ken Dobbie for also coming to help on the start/finish lines, and John Hall for also helping out after his day was finished early. Andrew Price and Ray Joyce also took some photos across the two days, so we will endeavour to get some published as son as we can.
Afterwards, five of us retired to Anna Purna for a "debrief session" which was enjoyed a lot. In future, we will advertise more obviously, rather than be an informal, on the spot decision, to see if we can get more sailors and partners along to enjoy some great company and the inevitable story afterwards.
Results at mysailingresults website
Wednesday is IOM Handicap racing at Risdon Brook, with handicap racing starting at 11am. This is getting extremely popular, and there is limited parking on the concrete apron. We need to give priority of parking to those that have mobility issues, so if fit and healthy, please use the overflow parking if possible, so that those that are a little more unsteady can park and comfortably set up their yachts for the race day.
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