A very light Nor-Westerly greeted us today for the last day of the IOM State Championship. A slight delay to start with to alter some buoys, but we were soon under way in very light A rig conditions.
Same as yesterday, with groups of two races and a quick break in between.
Mat starting the day in convincing fashion, with three seconds and two first places to lunch time. Mike also sharing in a couple of wins as well. Further down the lst, and things were getting much tighter with 10-13 all within a few points of each other.
The expected sea breeze after lunch didn't seem to want to comply, and we were left with the same very light breeze that we had prior to lunch through to te end of the day, with 26 races being completed in all.
After the final race, Mat Gray proved too consistent, with a well deserved win - his third year in succession. 10 wins from 26 races.
Second place went to Chris Wood, who also sailed a wonderful championship regatta, on 75 points. Four wins in the last five races shows how strong he finished the day.
Rounding out the top three was Michael Hickman on 80 points.
Special thanks has to go out to Gary McCarthy, who traveled from sunny Qld to sail with us. We really appreciated your efforts to get down here, as well as your company both on and off the water. We hope to see you again soon - either back down here at another event or when we can reciprocate with an event up there at some stage.
Also, to our Northern "member" Ted, for always coming down with a smile and competing with us. Great company every time, and great to see that your yacht was sailing so much better this weekend.
To our volunteers, Pro, Jeff Byerley, and observers/scorers Les Hanson and Ken Dobbie. A Big thanks to you three for your time and efforts over the weekend. Without you helping us in your capacity, the event simply would not have been as successful as it was.
This coming Wednesday is IOM Handicap at the dam, button press at 11am
Next Sunday 26th November is DF95 Scaratch at the dam, button press at 1pm
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