The first of the daylight saving IOM scratch races was held at the Risdon Brook Dam on Sunday 1 October.
The wind was a very gusty WNW, NW, NNW with gusts to around 30 Knots and then dead holes with the boats wallowing with their C rigs. It was a testing day and some minor rig damage occurred with some broken shrouds and a forestay causing retirements and repairs on some boats.
Wayne Behrens was the first to change up to his B rig as the conditions abated a touch.
When all went to change up a rig, some optimists chose A rigs. Big mistake for the A rigs as the big gusts reappeared and they all retired from that race.
At the end of the day, Michael Hickman again was the master at managing the shifts and Rod Jackman showed no rustiness after returning from his 21,000 km grey nomad adventure over the winter to finish 2nd. Peter Darcey topped off the day for the Vickers designs with a well earnt 3rdplace.
John Gard as PRO and David Murfet did a great job of only losing their paperwork once in the big gusts and were also ably assisted by Les Hansen who oversaw any on water infringements.
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