We re-ran the RM State Regatta today, since it was cancelled with a severe weather warning a few months ago.
We had a couple of regulars not able to make it today, and unfortunately John Cole-Cook was not able to get a finish at all with a winch issue on his Waliki.
We got 14 races completed today, and from what I hear (and saw on the MBYC resule boat), there was quite a lot of debris in the river from the rain and flooding. Unfortunate, but not a regular occurence.
Some very close results in the end, with Ray Joyce taking out the Regatta on 30 points. In Second spot, just two points behind, on 32, was Lisa Blackwood, with Mat Gray another two behind on 34 taking third spot.
Wednesday will see the return of DF95 Mid Week Handicap at the dam, from 11am.
Next Saturday, 5th November will have the A Class yachts at MBYC sailing, from 11am. There are a few club and spare yachts available to sail, so if you would like to have a relaxing "A" sail, please get in touch with me and I'll see about getting one ready for you.
Then, next Sunday, we will have IOM Scratch at Montrose, starting at the regular 1pm Summer start time.
What a day today. A glorious 15 knot SSE breeze practically all day, ensuring that all skippers sailed the entire day in B rigs.
A few later entries brought the numbers up to 10 for the event. Pro, Les Hanson and Observer Ken Dobbie kept things moving along nicely - even when the coutdown sequence failed after a few races.
Fifteen races were completed prior to the shutoff time, and with Mat Gray again dominating before being cruelled by a burned out and nastily smoking receiver, things got seemingly very close, with quite a number vying for the podium positions.
Throughout, the sailing was in very good spirit and behaviour, and I am sure each of the ten competitors would have really enjoyed the day.
We had a few members come along during the day to watch, and commented ont he fantastic conditions we were treated with today.
Once we retired back to the bar for a post race drink and reflection ont he day's activities, the results were tallied up and results called.
Lisa Blackwood ran out winner of the 2022 IOM State Regatta on 36 points. Congratulations Lisa, continuing the rich vein of form at the moment.
Second place today went to the evergreen John Cole-Cook on 45 points. A very consistent day today.
Third place went to Ray Joyce on 46 points. Also very consistent throughout and finishing very strongly with a couple if bullets to close the day out.
A big thanks today to Les and Ken for their assistance today. Without the volunteer work around controlling the races (and competitors), days like this simply would not happen.
This coming Wednesday, we have our regular IOM Mid Week Handicap at the dam, button press at 11am.
Next Sunday is the rescheduled RM State Regatta. Entries close tonight - late entries till Friday, so get your entry in if you intend on sailing. A few people have had issues in entering, which seems to be people who had laready entered in the original event. Please contact me if you are having issues and I'll get the entry in for you.
It was a warm and sunny at the dam today and a light South-Easter had already established itself by the time that PRO Rick Price got us off for the first race. Between the first and second races we were hit by a warm Northerly which had some really heavy gusts and so after the second race some of the skippers decided it was going to be a B-rig day and headed to their rig box. Those that persisted with the B-rig found themselves wanting in some lighter patches and overall the A-rigs did the better.
It was great to see Peter Darcey back racing with us today. I reckon most of us find Darcey quite inspirational and we all hope to be racing radio yachts when we get to his age.
It was good to see new skipper Andrew Floyd steal a win today. Andrew stuck with his B-rig all day. The conditions were just that knot or two stronger in the last race and Andrew reaped the reward.
I managed to take third place overall today having a much better afternoon after an ordinary morning.
Mr consistency, John Hall took second place today with lots of 3rd placings in his tally.
And Jammy Jones took out the day. He was always there at the head of the fleet and his win follows taking honors yesterday in the DF95's at Puddleduck. Jammy's win will elevate his handicap to the scratch (70 sec) group for next week. He will be joined in the 'scratch pack' by John Cole-Cook who performed well again today (4th overall.)
Extreme thanks to Ricky Price who did a great job as PRO today.
For anyone interested, a few sailors are heading out to Montrose Bay Yacht Club tomorrow (Show Day) to launch boats at about 2pm for a social sail. Everyone is welcome if they wish to have a sail. Kyle and Lisa will have the A Class yachts there.
Sunday: State IOM Regatta. Briefing at 10:15 for a 10:30 button. (Still time for a late entry on-line.)
Next Wednesday: IOM handicap at the dam. Button press at 11:00.
Fairly difficult conditions today. Light to fresh breeze from al around the compass, with the sailors negotiating some good wave action, turning difficult when the breeze decided to drop off, yet the waves remained.
The seven sailors who were able to make it got 11 races in, predominantly on B rigs, with the exception of John's Skalpel and Stu's F-5 for around half the day - who both had A Rigs.
That said, there seemed to be no distinct advantage between A and B rig today, and all the boats were very competitive when skippered correctly.
A close top 3 today, with Ray taking the honours today, winning on 21 points. Lisa Blackwood came in second, on 24 points - on countback to John Cole-Cook.
It was also great to see Andrews Indie really competitive today. A freshened up hull and a fine looking new mainsail really looking the goods.
On handicap, We had Lisa taking out first place, on 3 net points, with Andrew coming in second, on 1 net point. Ray and John (Hall) tied for 3rd with zero net points.
Good luck to both Rod Marshall and Lisa Blackwood, who will be competing in the A Class National Championships in SA tomorrow and Tuesday. Unfortunately, Tes Stevens and myself missed out with the Spirit of Tasmania sailings being cancelled since last Thursday, so the Blister "invastion" has reduced from three yachts to just one. I'm sure Lisa and Rod will do the club a fantastic service over here.
Wednesday is our regular IOM Mid Week Handicap at the dam, from 11am.
Next Saturday, 22nd October is the return of the "Woodie Day" at Forcett Lakes. Button press there at 10am for anyone interested.
Next Sunday, 23rd October, is the IOM State Regatta. Entries close today, and we only have 6 entries in so far, so please get them in as soon as possible.
The weather forecast promised much but was under-whelming in delivery today. What was forecast as a 15 knot North-Easter turned out to be 0-8 knots, gusty and swirling right around the compass. Never-the- less 15 skippers turned up for IOM handicap racing at the dam. Course setting was challenging as there were sometimes 180 degree wind shifts even before the start sequence had completed. A couple of the races after lunch featured tacking on every leg of the course!
While in some races the long handicapped boats ‘got away’ and had the course to themselves, in others they fell into a hole only to watch the scratch boats catch and pass them in a gust. Despite this many of the races featured very close finishes.
With seven races completed today the race tally allows skippers just one discard.
Third place overall today went to the ever-consistent John Hall.
Second was taken by Peter Turner who won the first three races consecutively.
And today’s winner was John Cole-Cook, again sailing his older IOM. After lunch John was a fixture on the podium. This result follows second overall last week.
All the best to our skippers who will be competing in the A class Nationals in South Australia on the weekend. For the rest of us there will be:
Sunday – Marblehead scratch at Montrose. Button Press 1:00.
Wednesday – IOM handicap at the Dam. Button press 11:00.
A really enjoyable day today.
We had seven sailors. Four A Class yachts - three doing their final tune up before hitting the nationals next week- two RM's and an IOM on the water.
We had recently serviced and re-laid the buoys on the course. 14 in total to cater from wind from almost every directinon. Almost happened today, and a sou' easter hit us, making course selection near impossible. That said, Les did th ebest he could, with the conditions given today, to set up some fair and equitable courses.
We completed the first two races and retired for a BBQ lunch - kindly put on by MBYC - and an informal chat (all very fortunate with the little squall that came through on us). From this discussion, it was mentiond that we should look in to having a BBQ available prior to sailing each Sunday. Maybe set up yachts, have the BBQ ready at 12 with the MBYC sailors also welcome to join in, then start racing from 1pm. A great idea (I think) to include some social aspect to the days events (as well as the friendly beer at the bar afterwards). Please let me know if you think the BBQ would be a nice idea, and we will follow it up if there is enough interest.
After lunch, we completed another 5 races, to make it seven for the day. A pretty good effort, given the light conditions.
Ray dominated early on, with some fantastic light weather sailing, but was crueled by some weed in race 5 and also got a handicap adjustment, making it harder to stick at the front of the feild. Stuart and Lisa both sailed very consistently throughout the day, both utilising the one drop for the day very nicely.
The A's had a swap of skippers in some of the races to test each others yacht out, with the results adjusted according to the skippers finishing position, rather than yacht. Just for the record, my DNF in race 3 was a big swap, with Lisa sailing my yacht, John CC sailing Rod's yacht, and Andrew sailing Lisa's yacht. Only menitoned as Andrew was the first A across the line on that race and again first A (second overall) in race 4.
For the Long Distance Handicap for the day, Lisa Blackwood came out winner, on 11 points, with Stuart Dawes second, on 14 points and Ray Joyce taking third place on 16 points.
A Class Scratch had Lisa Blackwood winning, on just 6 points, with John Cole-Cook taking second on 15 points and Rod Marshall third on 17 points.
Thanks as always, to Les, who PRO'd the day with his usual high standard.
Wednesday will be IOM Mid Week Handicap at the dam, starting at 11am.
Lastly, following on from my email last week in regards to the downwind mark rules. I have been contacted saying that the explanation source was really good and to send more out, so this week, I have included the windward mark rules, as I thought they'd be the same, but thay are in fact not the same.
It was a cool morning at the dam but there was a nice southerly of 5 – 12 knots which stayed for the day. Some calm patches and sizeable wind shifts offered interest to the racing. It was good to see a strong fleet of 17 boats today – especially as some of our regulars were away. Kim Potter was PRO again today and did a great job. Many of the races kept Kim on his toes covering blanket finishes. Thanks for your work Kim.
Today we welcomed new skipper Andrew Floyd who has bought Ted Stevens V9. Andrew was quick to show potential with two podium finishes. Not bad when you say that you are ‘just learning the controls.'
I managed to take out third spot overall today with a couple of race wins in the tally.
John Cole-Cook sailed his older boat today and started the day with two wins straight off the bat. John sailed consistently throughout the day to take second overall.
Today’s winner was Peter Webberly sailing his purple TS2. Pete was always in the placings early in the day. Congratulations Pete.
This Sunday’s racing will be Long Distance racing for A-class and all other classes at Montrose. Button Press at 11:00.
Next Wednesday’s handicap racing will be for IOM’s at Risdon Brook Dam. Button Press at 11:00.
An earlier start today for the sailors challenging the George Fish Memorial DF95 State Championship.
Much better wind than yesterday by the sounds of it, however, it was extremely variable in both speed and direction. One minute you would be over-powered in B rig, and the next, you are becalmed in A Rig. As they say though, everyone has to sail in it, so the cream will rise to the surface - and it did.
Very hotly contested througout, which is shown in the closeness of the results in the end.
A weekend expertly run by PRO's Les Hanson and Rod Marshall, with help from Ken Dobbie. A big thanks guys. Without your help, a weekend like this would not get off the ground.
Thanks also to our northern competitor, Geoff Martin. It's always appreciated when we get competitors from outside the club come to race. It's not always a cheap thing to do with the costs of fuel and accomodation - we really appreciate you coming down geoff.
Yesterday's runaway leader kept his nerve today, sailing a similarly fantastic day of heats. Congratulations, Ray Joyce, in taking out the State Championship, on 90 points.
Taking second in the Championship, was Stuart Dawes, an equally good day today, shaving some off Ray's overnight lead, with 11 points.
Rounding out the top 3 was Lisa Blackwood, on 112 points, a very fast finisher towards the end.
Congratulations to all place getters.
It's also noteworthy how many were so close behind the top three as well, with 6th place just 11 points behind 3rd.
This Wednesday sees the return of IOM Mid Week Handicap from 11am, and next Sunday will be Long Distance Day, including A Class Scratch at MBYC, also from 11am - for the last hitout for our A Class sailors before they head off to Adelaide to compete in the National Championships.
A very light day as far as wind goes. A bit of a late start to allow the Park Runners to finish, but as soon as we could, we got sorted and racing got under way.
Fourteen races were completed today, and currently we have Ray Joyce as the standout performer, leading with 25 points.
Stuart Dawes is currently in second place, on 45 points.
Third place currently, is John Cole-Cook, on 47 points.
A reminder for competitors tomorrow, that daylight savings starts, so make sure you are there at the right time.
Consensus from the skippers at the end of the day was to start an hour early to take advantage of the Katabatic, so racing will resume tomorrow at 0930 EDST.
See you then
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