Next to no wind greeted the 11 sailors for the Mid Winter Challenge, and with the variable directions of what was there, setting a course was always going to be difficult. After the initial debrief, which set the tone for the day with the expected behaviour of all sailors (championing a high standard amongst our peers), Pro Jeff Byerley set about making something of the conditions, and with his able assistant (Rod), they set a course for us to get started.
After just one race (I think), we had to have a break to wait for some semblance of wind, and then another change of buoys to get something useful for us. Again, the wind was a real issue and we broke for lunch early to hopefully wait it out and for something to return a bit later.
Fortunately, some breeze did return and we were able to continue sailing after lunch unimpeded, in the end, completing 11 races before the allotted time was almost up.
We had four sailors who dominated most of the day, showing great consistency in fairly ordinary wind conditions. Mike Hickman taking out the event on 17 points, well clear of Lisa Blackwood (25), who was closely followed by John Cole-Cook (28) and Rod Jackman (30).
A big thanks to Jeff Byerley for his efforts as Pro for the day - a pretty thankless task, Wayne Behrens, for helping Jeff with scoring, and to the volunteers who helped set up and put away the dinghy, ramp etc.
Next up is our normal Mid Week IOM Handicap on Wednesday , and Long Distance Day incl. BBQ and general club meeting on Sunday.
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