It was a warm and sunny at the dam today and a light South-Easter had already established itself by the time that PRO Rick Price got us off for the first race. Between the first and second races we were hit by a warm Northerly which had some really heavy gusts and so after the second race some of the skippers decided it was going to be a B-rig day and headed to their rig box. Those that persisted with the B-rig found themselves wanting in some lighter patches and overall the A-rigs did the better.
It was great to see Peter Darcey back racing with us today. I reckon most of us find Darcey quite inspirational and we all hope to be racing radio yachts when we get to his age.
It was good to see new skipper Andrew Floyd steal a win today. Andrew stuck with his B-rig all day. The conditions were just that knot or two stronger in the last race and Andrew reaped the reward.
I managed to take third place overall today having a much better afternoon after an ordinary morning.
Mr consistency, John Hall took second place today with lots of 3rd placings in his tally.
And Jammy Jones took out the day. He was always there at the head of the fleet and his win follows taking honors yesterday in the DF95's at Puddleduck. Jammy's win will elevate his handicap to the scratch (70 sec) group for next week. He will be joined in the 'scratch pack' by John Cole-Cook who performed well again today (4th overall.)
Extreme thanks to Ricky Price who did a great job as PRO today.
For anyone interested, a few sailors are heading out to Montrose Bay Yacht Club tomorrow (Show Day) to launch boats at about 2pm for a social sail. Everyone is welcome if they wish to have a sail. Kyle and Lisa will have the A Class yachts there.
Sunday: State IOM Regatta. Briefing at 10:15 for a 10:30 button. (Still time for a late entry on-line.)
Next Wednesday: IOM handicap at the dam. Button press at 11:00.
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