What a surprise today was.
The committee turned up early for a meeting, and Elwick Bay looked like a mirror. It hadn't changed at the end of the meeting, and by 1240, things were looking positively grim, with no wind on the horizon.
Then, at about 1245, we could see a small amount coming over to us from the Bowen Bridge, and within another 10 minutes, a wondersul southerly had filled in, sending the skippers back to their cars for a change to B rig.
For the first time in weeks, the wind made it easy for Les to set a course for us and we were very quickly into the racing. Ten yachts in all on the water for the first race, but unfortunately, we lost Darc in the second race to rudder servo failure. The MBYC rescue boat thankfully were soon on the scene picking the yacht up and delivered it to our rescue boat, which was also on its way out there.
Thankfully, that was the only breakdown for the day.
The wind strengthened in the middle stages to the top of B Rig, with some considering a change to C, but didn't eventuate. We had a lot of really close racing throughout, which was enjoyed by all.
We must give welcome to new member, John Short, who sailed his DF with us for the first time today. Unfortunately, only equipped with an A rig at the moment, but thanks to some very generous members, John will soon be kitted up with a B Rig as well. Although hampered by an over-powered rig, John really enjoyed himself, and is keen for more racing.
By the time 4pm came around, we had two fighting out for the points today, with Mike Hickman taking the chocolates with 19 points, with David Jones hot on his heels, on 21 points. Stu dawes rounded out the top three, on 31 points.
Well done to everyone today. I can think of very few instances where penalties needed to be called. It's great seeing skippers doing the right thing and taking their penalty turns without being called on to do them. The exact example we want to set.
Results at mysailingresults website
Wednesday is IOM Handicap, starting at 10am - with RM Scratch next Sunday. I believe that next Sundays sailing may start at 11am due to a real low tide next week, but John will be in touch closer to the day.
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