A light North Wester (0 - 5 knots) greeted a small fleet of just nine boats today. As the morning proceeded the wind died as a rain front approached. We completed just two races before PRO Ray Joyce called an early lunch. It was a great call too as over lunch the wind picked up and the afternoon's racing was held in a Southerly of mostly about 10 knots but with some quite serious gusts of up to maybe 20 knots. All the skippers stayed with their A rigs and, as the water was remarkably smooth, the IOM's handled it well.
A feature of today's racing was that 7 of the 9 skippers managed a race win and all skippers scored at least a second place.
Today's winner was that wily silver fox Peter Darcey who added consistently high placings to three race wins to claim the day. Congratulations on a well deserved win Darcey.
Andrew Wardrop took second place with one race win two 2nds and one 3rd. Well done Andrew.
I managed to sneak third place today, mixing some good luck with better boat speed.
Special mention must also be made of Martin Svensen who claimed his maiden race win today. Not only a race win but in fact two race wins and a second – and 4th overall today. Well deserved results too for the grit and determination he has shown to master this sport.
Thanks to Ray for his excellent work as PRO. Next Wednesday Andrew Wardrop will once again officiate as we will be sailing the DF95's.
Sunday's sailing will IOM scratch racing at Montrose starting at 10:00. Skippers beware! Daylight savings finishes the night before so adjust your clocks correctly.
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