Today’s healthy IOM fleet of 10 started racing in a cold northerly breeze in top of A rig on the course in front of the clubhouse. The 10 skippers present agreed to scratch racing today and 9 races were completed.
The strong early breeze slowly abated until just before lunch, when the breeze failed. But of course, as soon as the boats came ashore for lunch, the breeze picked up again.
After lunch the breeze swung more to the east and the slop flattened, making for some interesting course setting and racing. Good to see Phil Jackman sailing with his beautiful woody.
We had a visit from Rob Gavin on his Ebike. We haven't seen Rob for some months as he has unfortunately been battling with a cancer. He certainly has lost a lot of weight but now that he is back on his bike, I am sure recovery is on its way.
Just a reminder that on show day next week we will be holding the IOM Woody’s Cup, all woody's are of course welcome. As mentioned last week, DF95’s are also invited to sail as well, and if you don’t have either, then bring what you have got or give us a call and we’ll find something for you. We are planning a BBQ at the end of the Woody Cup, so come along and help us all enjoy hopefully the start of a new annual social tradition.
A nice breeze welcomed the RBRYC sailors as they arrived for the opening of the MBYC sailing calendar. RBRYC was well represented and we had some speeches by MBYC Commodore and RBRYC Committee Member Rod Marshall, followed by the official opening speech by club patron Adriana Taylor. A BBQ lunch followed, which was enjoyed by all. Unfortunately, as we were eating lunch, the breeze we had decided to go to lunch as well.
It was great to see David Murfet and Peter Sylvester on deck today, not yet racing, but along to support both yacht clubs. It really was good to see you guys.
We soon got to the water after lunch and had just two races before we called a small break to wait for some more wind to arrive. It did return, albeit quite a light one. It soon shifted from the North West to a southerly sea breeze, but still very light. We only got six races in before time was called at 4pm.
Mike Hickman again was the standout performer on the day, with three wins in the six races. A score of 8 for the day easily took out first place, with John Cole-Cook second on 21 points and David jones taking out 3rd on 21 points.
At the end of the day, there were some discussion around structuring the DF95’s possibly every few weeks at MBYC from around 10am through till lunch at 12, then resuming at 1pm for the IOM/RM classes as per normal. If there is enough interest for this, we can easily put this in to place with enough support from our membership.
Upcoming events this week
A bit of a different day today for us. Started late due to a real lack of wind, and only got one race completed before the lunch break. Once that was done, the sky had turned ominously dark and it was only a matter of time before the thunder rolled through. We took a break during the first storm, and was soon out again afterwards. A further 6 races were completed in the afternoon session, before an early finish with a re-run of the earlier storm rolling through again.
There were a few difficulties with weed, but nothing too much, and looked like the races that we did get in were enjoyed by all.
A welcome to Justin Rogers, who sailed for the first time with us. It was great hearing the help afforded to him by the other members to get him on the water and sailing amongst everyone else. That’s what clubs should be about and great we are following this great example. Justin’s brother, Paul, was also along. Both have signed up as members, so please make them as welcome as they felt today when you meet them.
Great also to see Stuart Dawes along sailing. Looking forward to seeing you at more DF events down the track.
Some extremely close racing overall, with final positions very close amongst a number of our sailors – including a tied first place. Top three within two points, and fourth to sixth also within just a few points.
In the end, Wayne Behrens came away as winner of the regatta, by countback from Lisa Blackwood, with Michael Hickman in third place.
Thanks again to Les Hanson and John Hall for helping out with official duties today – as well as the setup and packup crews. Your help, although not always said, is really appreciated.
Thanks also to those who helped MBYC with their working bee today. It was great to see the clubs working together to make our facilities better for all users. Hopefully the concrete paths will now remain clearer of the pebbles that are constantly washed over them from the ferries.
There is more information to come after our committee meeting this afternoon, but I’ll send that separately for you all.
A good day for sailing today, with light winds and no weed to speak of. Nine sailors greeted the starters, and for the most part, it looked like quite close racing. With the exception of breakout winner Phil Turnbull (Great job there Phil, but the handicapper has now spoken), it was very close, with 2nd to 7th just 5 points apart.
Thanks to Cliff and Richard, for making the trip from the Huon area. It’s always appreciated when you guys come up to keep us all honest.
As already mentioned, Phil was a standout winner today on just 1 point, with Cliff Eaves second on 14, and Chris Wood beating Richard Barwick by countback in third, both on 16 points.
From the looks of it, a really enjoyable day at MBYC.
A reminder also for the DF95 sailors, that the 42 Degrees South Regatta is on this coming Sunday. NoR and Entry form on our website. Looking forward to a good turnout on Sunday.
A small, but keen number of skippers turned up today for the State RM Regatta. We were met with light and very variable winds, and as such, we all started in A Rig, but were pushed on to B rig after about four races. This continued until about race 12, where a few skippers went back to A, with the rest staying on their B’s. We had the full gamut of conditions on-water, from mill pond to reasonable surfing conditions.
John Cole-Cook looked like he was going to upset perennial winner, Ray Joyce, with having a good lead at the lunch break, with Ray in stalking distance in third. After the main break though, Ray hit his straps and dominated the afternoon, winning every race post lunch.
Everybody got their chance to shine, with podium positions secured by all – Rod Marshall breaking through with a few bullets in his new Mantra 2 (watch out once he has it all tuned to perfection).
In the end, Ray’s consistency won out, scoring a fine 18 points from the 13 races, with John Cole-Cook coming in on second with 28 points, just holding out yours truly on 19.
An enjoyable day for all involved.
Big thanks goes out to les Hanson, for being our Pro for the day. Your help is really appreciated by us all.
In the next week
A beautiful day for sailing, sunny and a light northerly breeze.
Weed was a bit of a problem with the early scratch races but gradually dissipated for the handicap series.
Many thanks to those who volunteered for PRO duties (Rod Jackman, Chris Wood & Stuart Harris)
Well done to Phil Jackman, who came out the winner of the day for the second week running. Handicapper might have you now though J
Rod Marshall sailed his Cockatoo very well, finishing in second, just 3 points off Phil, with David Jones taking out third place, holding off Paul Jewell by countback.
A lovely Spring day welcomed the 10 sailors today, with fresh West to north Westerly winds keeping all yachts well into B rig throughout. Weed was close enough to a non-entity today, with the sailors instead having to get used to a nice amount of wave action throughout the day. Certainly one to enjoy surfing downwind with the waves today. Welcome back to Jammy, fresh from his exploits on the mainland.
We got 10 races in for the round today, with Pro’s David Murfet and Les Hanson making sure we got the most out of our time. Special thanks must go to David and Les. Makes a big difference with a team running the day as they did.
On to the results, and Mike came away the winner today, on 23 points. Keeping Mike honest, was yours truly on24, with Rod Jackman only just behind on 26 points.
A great weekends sailing, with 30 races completed over the two days. Quite a number of close tussles in amongst the places during the weekend, and some great sportsmanship demonstrated throughout. A big thanks must go to John Hall, who PRO’d the event with grace and polish, and also to Les Hanson and Ken Dobbie, who also filled in throughout the weekend in official capacities, whether that was scoring, observing, or giving John a break from the starts and finishes.
Pretty sure every competitor walked away looking forward to the next A Class event, the Herb Tyson Memorial in a month’s time.
Really looking forward to seeing the A Class yachts again grace MBYC then.
This time around, Joh Cole-Cook proved to be too consistent, easily running out victorious, with Mike Hickman in second, and Lisa Blackwood in third. Unfortunately, equipment failure saw Lisa out of the last few races, just when it was really hotting up between herself and John for the championship.
On an aside note – congratulations to Ray Joyce, who was in SA, competing in the RM Championship over there. A well subscribed event, with 21 competitors. Ray finished the Championship in a very respectable 7th place. Thowaways of two 8th’s and a 9th shows the consistency that he sailed with over the course of the weekend. Quite strong winds there, I believe, with much of the championship on C Rig.
What started to look like a cancelled day with the rain, ended up being a brilliant sailing day for the six sailors today. Gusty top of A rig conditions throughout much of the day, and some really enjoyable races in the bay, with control area on the floating pontoon.
5 of the 6 skippers got a win - not bad for an 8 race day.
Personally, my fist time in the DF95 since January, and it was a really enjoyable outing. Looking forward to the next one.
Congrats to Richard Barwick - the trip from the Huon was quite worth it, three wins and taking the day out on 3 net points, on a count back from Wayne Behrens. Mike Hickman took the third podium place, just 3 points away, with Andrew Wardrop and Phil Turnbull just the three points adrift from Andrew.
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