A fresh 2C morning greeted the nine hardy sailors this morning, for the IOM Mid Winter Challenge. Thankfully, the forecast very light to no wind had not eventuated, and we started the day with a gentle NNW breeze. Racing got away right on time, knowing that the breeze we had was likely to be the best for the day. A solid mornings sailing put tactics to the test, with the skippers working out what was the best option. Sail close to shore, go further out, best places to tack. It was really enjoyable. We decided to delay the lunch break as the breeze was really dropping out at 1230 and we wanted to get as many races in as possible. By the call of lunch at 1330, we had completed 14 races, and weren’t really expecting to come out after lunch.
That said, the very slight breeze did linger, having dropped to below 10km/hr from the WNW direction. Unfortunately, the last part of the day saw three skippers break down. The lighter conditions saw Ray Joyce step into top gear and turn his day around completely, but the day’s winner, Lisa Blackwood, proved just too consistent on the day, chalking up six wins on the day, to win on 26 points. Kyle Stewart also sailed well on the day, coming in second, with 40 points, with Ray and John Cole-Cook in a tie for third, on 49 points – Ray winning third place on countback.
In all, a really enjoyable day at MBYC, with some light, but consistent wind for the day. Big thanks to Rod Marshall, for taking on the Pro duties for much of the day, and to Andrew Wardrop and Anne Cole Cook, for taking over the Pro duties when Rod needed to be elsewhere.
Next week is Long Distance Day and BBQ, starting at 11am. If you could possibly let myself or John Hall know if you are intending on coming along, we can make sure there are enough sausages etc for the lunch break. Your committee will be represented there, so it is also a great chance to ask any questions or provide any comments to us.
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