A cool northerly of nearly 20 knots meant that all skippers at today’s IOM handicap event chose their B-rig. This wind did moderate just a smidge during the day but not enough for any skipper to consider changing rigs.
The racing was really close. If you even blinked at the wrong moment you could lose positions. Getting to the first mark with a lead was really valuable as the rest of the pack seemed to arrive in a bunch which often caused a bit of a melee allowing the leader to get away a little further. A lot of the races were won by the boat that led around the first mark.
All skippers made the podium at some stage today. As far as the overall positions were concerned; I managed to take third and Ian Hey second. We both finished the day with 3 race wins a-piece but it was Andrew Wardrop who stole the day with less race wins but far greater consistency.
Well sailed Andrew!
Bodge’s second followed an emphatic scratch racing win at Forcett on Sunday and a DF65 series win at Puddleduck yesterday. A skipper in form!
Sunday: Scratch racing for Marbleheads at the dam (10:00 button.)
Next Wednesday: More IOM handicap racing at the dam. (11:00 button.)
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