A bit of a difficult day today, with fresh and gusty winds, from all oints of the compass at times..
We only got six races completed inthe end, but of those sailed, the results were quite close and it was great to see some different names challenging at the top of the field. It was also great seeing some of the more experienced sailors helping others out with some tuning advice. This is how we get more competitive as a collective unit. Well done to all.
Anyway, today we had Mathew Gray clean up in first place, with 9 points. Ray Joyce edged out Stu Dawes with the battle for 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Ray on 11 and Stu on 12.
On handicap, Mat Gray and Phil Turnbull shared first place wit 4 net points. Mat seeded 5th, finishing 1st and Phil seeded 9th and finishing 5th, with John Hall coming in third with 3 net points (seeded 7th, finishing 4th).
Coming up, we have our IOM Handicap sailing on Wednesday, currently at MBYC unless we hear that Risdon Brook Dam has reopened in enough time beforehand.
Next Sunday is IOM Scratch, starting at 1pm at MBYC. Good preparation for the IOM Championship that will be held the following weekend. On that note, entries close for the IOM Championship in one week's time, so if you are intending on sailing, please get your entry in as son as possible. We are also always on the lookout for volunteers to help out over the two days. If you are able to help, please let Joh Hall or mayself know and we will add you to the list. Rescue boat operator (current boat licence required) and observers are all needed across the two days.
One last note for competitors while I have your attention. Of late, we have had few people available at the end of the day to bring in the Rib. Recently, despite the best efforts of the people there, we sustained some damage to the prop on it with the people on-site having difficulty getting it stowed on the trailer properly. If at all possible, it would be really appreciated if people could hang around long enough after sailing so we can get some more hands on the retrival process in order to make it easy for everyone. It only takes a few minutes and is not difficult with enough help. Low tides especially need a few more hands to get the dinghy on the trailer effectively.
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