IOM Mid Week Handicap
A cold, squally North-Westerly which averaged about 12-15 knots skudded across the dam this morning. Its gusts however exceeded 25 knots and so B rigs were the appropriate choice.
Ten skippers took to the course initially but Andrew Wardrop retired during the first race with winch failure. Gear troubles also plagued Wayne Behrens (rigging) and myself (sliding jib gooseneck) throughout the day.
Despite the trying conditions racing was very tight and close finishes were the order of the day. This was reflected on the scoreboard too as the top six skippers were separated only by 5 points in the overall standings.
Congratulations to Phil Jackman who won the day (two wins and two seconds). Second place was taken by Ricky Price and that gorgeous huon pine Ellipsis. John Cole-Cook and Rod Marshall both finished the day on 18 points but John was awarded third place on count back.
In cases where two skippers finish the day on equal points the skipper with the most wins is favoured – In this case both John and Rod had two wins each so count back was decided by the skipper with the most second places – congratulations John.
Thanks as always to our efficient and attentive PRO John Banks who kept the day moving well.
Our next event is for Marbleheads 10:00 Sunday at Montrose. Next Wednesday’s handicap at the dam will be for DF 95’s.
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