A cool, grey, overcast morning and a very light westerly greeted skippers for the re sailing of the IOM Mid Winter Challenge today, and indeed it was looking like it would be another challenge to get any racing in, but there were enough zephyrs coming through to keep things moving and racing commenced after the usual proceedings of a ranking event took place, shortly after 10:30 AM. Principal Race Officer for the day was Les Hanson, ably assisted by the Commodore, David Murfet. Right at the start, a big THANKYOU from all the skippers to both of you for a well run event. Another thankyou goes to JB's Catering, but I will talk more on him later.
Nine skippers fronted the starting gun for shortened Race 1 in conditions that can only be described as PuffLotto (I might copyright that!). Ray Joyce started his score card of well winning from the Silver Fox (aka Peter Darcy) and myself third. Race 2 saw the John Nieuwenhuizen join the fleet to take numbers up to 10 boats for the day. Rod Jackman returned from his mid winter challenge to escape Tassie's winter, to take line honours from myself and David Jones with his new WHITE not PINK V9 in third. Bruce Rose continued his current form winning Race 3 from myself and Rod third. After 3 races, I held a 4 point lead from Rod, Bruce and Ray all tied on 11 points. By now, the clouds were beginning to burn off as the sun shone through, bringing hope for a little more breeze. New Team V9 rookie David Jones, sailed his new WHITE boat to victory in Race 4 with Darcy finishing second. Rod Jackman sailed his V8 into third place and first place on the leader board after the first drop, on countback from me and Bruce and Darcy tied for third. Bruce Rose scored his second win in Race 5 with Ray Joyce coming home second, David Jones third. Bruce now claimed the leader board with 11 points, on countback from me again, Ray Joyce claimed third place with 13 points, 1 point ahead of Rod Jackman, 1 point ahead of Andrew Wardrop who was 1 point ahead of Darcy in 6th position. With the breeze about to give up, lunch was called and JB's Catering provided the finest cuisine one would expect from such an reputable vendor.
By lunch end, the breeze had filled in a little, but more from the west which meant for a light airs reaching start. Bruce set up a hat trick winning Race 6 with Team V9's Silver Fox and yours truly in the minor positions. The Silver Fox denied Bruce his hat trick when he chalked up another bullet in Race 7 after he skirted the fleet on the run with his own personal wave of pressure. David Jones showed he is getting use to the new V9 with a second place and Ray Joyce sail consistently to claim third. Bruce now led by 1 point from Darc and me on countback on 19 points, with Ray 1 point behind and Andrew in 5th with 22 points. By now the breeze had swung left with the first whiffs of sea breeze hitting the dam making for a more windward start to the southern bouys. I scored my first win for the day in Race 8 with that pesky fox in second and the Zero boat in third. The leader board changed again with Darc claiming top spot from myself on countback, both 15 points, Bruce in third place with 18 points, Ray fourth with 19 points and Andrew Wardrop in 5th with 22 points. David Jones took line honours in Race 9 with Darcy sailing consistently into second place and myself third. The hounds couldn't catch the fox in Race 10 with Darcy notching up his second win for the day from David Jones in second and Ken Dobbie making a podium appearance in third place. I scored my second win for the day in Race 11 with John Hall finally making the podium and the consistent Fox in third. Race 12 was the final race of the day and the Silver Fox removed all doubt who would win the day by winning the last in style from Ray Joyce and David Jones.
All in all it was a very pleasant day's racing with a few minor racing incidents that were resolved quickly and without fuss. All skippers must be congratulated on the manner in which they conducted themselves. Twelve races, seven different winners and more changes to the leader board than nappy changes in a maternity ward. The final results were beyond doubt with Peter Darcy sailing consistently well to win the day on 22 points from yours truly on 27 points. A 10 point cumulative error saw third place go to Ray Joyce and not Andrew Wardrop as announced after sailing. Sorry Andrew, the scorer's curse strikes you again.
There where murmuring's to form a lynch mob after JB's Catering took off with the post race beverages, but after considering the fine job he did of feeding and watering us at lunch, we decided he could live.
Next week is Round 1 of the IOM Summer Series with scratch racing in the morning and handicap racing in the afternoon.
Til then, wet sails,
Not ideal conditions for sailing today with cool and overcast conditions and a very light, very funky hole with a bit of wind here and there. Good to see the return of new members Alan McKenzie and John Deegan, and also David Jones with his new V9 and A sails made from that Code Zero stuff (it's proper name eludes me at this point). PRO for the day was Peter Sylvester and after administering the handicaps, marshalled the 13 skippers and their boats for Race 1.
John Deegan must have had a grin on his face after notching up a win in his first ever race at the Brook. John Banks was second and Bruce Rose third. Stu Harris took honours in Race 2 with Wayne Behrens second and John Banks on the podium again with a third place. Race 3 was won by backmarker The Silver Fox (aka Darcy) for Team V9, followed by the red dragon Andrew Wardrop and Stu Harris again in third. Another winner in Race 5 with backmarker Ray Joyce finding the fastest way home as did Stu Harris and Tony Brewer. There was enough breeze around for Race 6 so a long distance race was gambolled and handicaps adjusted accordingly. Stu Harris managed the condition the best winning the race from Rob Cooney and Darcy for third.
Two Plonk Trophies were up for grabs today; 1 for those starting on 20 seconds or less and 1 for the rest to squabble over. John Banks won the B Fleet award and Bruce Rose won the A Fleet award and a healthy addition to his handicap to place him in the fleet where he should be! Second overall was Rob Cooney and John Banks third.
Today was also the virgin voyage of the camera boat. I have installed an action camera on my Marblehead and sailed around with the fleet as they were racing. With only the B Rig on and the light conditions it was a struggle to keep up with the IOM's when it was really light but the vision is very good and after editing will, I'm sure, make for some interesting viewing. Stay tuned.
Next Sundays scheduled All Club Invitational has been cancelled due to L.O.I. so the IOM Mid Winter Challenge will be re-sailed. Briefing at 10:15, racing from 10:30 AM. All boats to be weighted prior to launching.
Till then, wet sails,
Yet another fine spring day at Risdon Brook today with a light nor-wester and the usual puffs and shifts. PRO Stu Harris got racing under way with 11 boats hitting the water for Race 1. The master of Risdon Brook, Lisa Blackwood, took an early lead on the leader board winning the first two races, with John Hall and myself in the minor positions in Race 1 and Andrew Wardrop and myself in the minors for Race 2. I took line honours in Race 3 with Ray Joyce second and Lisa third. Once again, Lisa won Race 4 followed by Ray in second place and Peter Sylvester in third place which he used as a warm up to win Race 5 with Andrew Wardrop in second and Lisa third. Race 6 saw Wayne Behrens step up to the podium along with Peter in second and Andrew in third.
The wind was almost gone after Race 6 so lunch was called. Racing resumed with a very fickle breeze with a bit of north to north east in it at times, so a shorter course was set. Lisa's domination continued in Race 7 with John Hall second and myself in third place. Race 8 saw Ray Joyce take the win from Andrew Wardrop and Wayne Behrens. Lisa gabbed another bullet in Race 9 from myself and Andrew in third. Ray Joyce took another win in Race 10 followed by Lisa and Andrew. I scored my second win for the day in Race 11 with Lisa and Andrew filling the minor spots. The domination continued in the twelfth and final race of the day with Lisa getting the nod from John Hall and myself in third.
Final results saw Lisa win the day streets ahead of the rest of us on 16 points. Second place went to count back between Andrew Wardrop and myself, my two wins enough to secure second spot for the day and Andrew third, both almost double the score of Lisa, on 30 points.
Next Sunday is scheduled as a Combined Club Invitation day, but there was talk of resailing the IOM Mid Winter Challenge instead. I'm sure the committee will advise us if this is the case.
Till then, Wet sails,
Another fine day at Risdon Brook for the mid week Handicap Series today with an up and down gentle nor-wester to 5-8 knots. Last week's winner Ray Joyce was PRO and duly gave the thirteen skippers their required dosage of handicaps, on the usual 1 lap course. Anthony Castray returned from his sailing voyage to win the first race off scratch with Pete Sylvester off 20 seconds in second and John Banks off scratch in third. Race 2 saw the Silver Fox with his Chinze off a 30 seconds take line honours from John Banks off 10 seconds and myself off 1:10 in third. Pete Sylvester visited the podium again in Race 3 winning from Andrew Wardrop and Darcy. Race 4 was Long Distance with adjusted handicaps. Rob Cooney got home first off scratch followed by Bruce Rose off 30 seconds and Anthony Castray off 45 seconds. Pete Sylvester bagged another win off 30 seconds in the fifth race from Bruce Rose off 20 seconds and Dave Murfet of scratch in third.
Before the last race, Peter Sylvester was at the top of the leader board, five points clear ahead on 10 points. Rob Cooney and Bruce Rose were tied for second place on 15 points, John Banks on 18 points, Darcy, Anthony and myself all 1 point behind on 19 points. Second and third was up for grabs. I pulled a win out of somewhere with Pete Sylvester second and Anthony Castray third.
In the end, Peter Sylvester managed to with the day by the skin of his teeth, on count back from Rob Cooney. A win in the last rocketed me from 7th to take third place overall.
Next Sunday is the final round of the Winter Series for Marblehead class. with racing commencing from 11:00 AM.
Till then, wet sails,
Another fine spring day on the Brook today for the final round of the IOM Winter Series, Round 6. Conditions were ideal with a barmy 22 degrees and a steady 5 - 8 knot breeze from the NW. Nine skippers fronted for the mornings handicap racing and PRO Les Hanson got racing underway at the scheduled time and chose Course 1. Alan Furmage, David Murfet and John Nieuwenhuizen were off scratch, Bruce Rose with his new Kajun (?) was off 30, Andrew Wardrop off 40, John Hall and myself off 50 and Ray Joyce and Darc off 60 seconds.
Alan Furmage shot off from scratch in Race 1 and got to the judge first with Bruce Rose coming second and Andrew Wardrop in third. The Commodore won off scratch in the second race followed by Team V9, Peter Darcy and myself in second and third respectively. In the third race I managed to steal a win from 6th around the last mark by using the western gate and a beautiful little left hand shift, while the rest had gone round the other gate and into a hole. Alan crossed in second and Ray Joyce in third.
After three races, I held a 1 point lead from Alan, David M and Bruce Rose all on 11 points. The rest of the back markers were a few points adrift. Bruce showed that his new boat was just as quick as any, winning Race 4 from Alan in second place and John Hall cracking the podium for the first time in third. Race 5 saw another winner, this time back marker Ray Joyce off 1:10 followed by fellow back markers Andrew Wardrop and Peter Darcy. Race 7 was the final race of the Handicap Series and I came from the back to win from Bruce Rose and Ray Joyce in third.
Final placing's for the handicap racing saw Bruce Rose win the day on 14 points, yours truly on 15 points and Ray Joyce third with 18 points.
After lunch was scratch racing, same breeze but slowly easing, same course. David and Alan called it quits but Wayne Behrens made the fleet of 9 boats. Team V9 won and came second in the first two races, myself winning from Darc and John Hall in third in the first race, and Darc winning from me and Ray Joyce in third spot for the second race. Myself, John Hall and Darcy on the podium for race 3 and Ray taking a win in Race 4 with that boat #75 in second and Bruce Rose sailing well to take third place.
The last race was started in a light and funky breeze with lots of passing lanes. I wish I could say I won for I nearly did and had it in the bag with 30 metres to go, but as easily as I stole a win in Race 3 of the Handicap Series, the wind vanished around me and I watched 4 others hold enough breeze to reach the finish line before I got any. John Hall rubbed it in as did Andrew Wardrop and Bruce Rose, all taking the podium. With 20 minutes to go before stumps, we waited to see if the breeze would settle back in, but it wouldn't cooperate so Race 6 didn't eventuate.
Final placing's for the scratch racing saw the V9 Wasabi winning with 6 points, John Hall in second place on 10 points and V9 #5 Peter Darcy one point behind in third place.
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Another fine spring day for sailing today with a moderate to fresh nor-wester with a bit of west as well, the usual stuff from the Brook. Eleven skippers fronted and last weeks winner Wayne Behrens had the pleasure of PRO duties. Bruce Rose off 20 seconds won Race 1 from The Commodore David Murfett and John Banks in third. Race 2 winner was Stu Harris from JB and Kim Potter in third place, Rob Cooney won Race 3 beating home the Commodore and Peter Darcy. After 3 races Dave Murfett was leading the pack on 13 points with five skippers tied for second, three points adrift. For a fleet of eleven boats, the point spread was only eleven points from first to last.
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