Dreich conditions today for the second round of IOM Scratch at montrose today, but luckily for us, the rain stayed away for the duration of the day.
Thankyou to those who turned up nice and early today as well - and hwlped with getting the new rescue boat ready for launch, testing on the old dinghy cradle (nearly fitted) and back to the trailer and put to water. Many hands certainly made for easy work. We certainly are hoping this continues into the future.
Fourteen skippers made it to the water today, which was a fantastic turnout, given the conditions, but we were rewarded with a wondeful breeze to sail in, albeit with a little bit of weed here and there - but you can't have everything.
With Les wisely keeping warm and dry at home, we rotated the Pro duties today, which was done successfully without fuss, and commenced with Ray running a skippers briefing before the first race for us. The Pro for the race was given average points for that race.
We used a new system today - suggested from within the membership to the committee, where we separate out a "silver division" from the fleet for those skippers who aren't necessarily competing for the top places to compete for something as well amongst skippers of similar abilities as well. We hope to have separated the abilities respectfully and correctly, but if any skippers feel particularly aggrieved with their allocation, please don't sit in silence with it. Please contact me to discuss it and I am sure we can reach a meaningful and happy aggreement. It is envisaged that this will also mean that there will be a Silver Division winner/place for Summer/Winter/Overall Scratch within the IOM Scratch Series as well.
A massive thank you to John Short, who has put a massive amount of time and effort into a wonderful spreadsheet that saves me a mountain of time in sorting these scores out. Your efforts in doing this is really appreciated.
Back to todays results.
We had a few small groups of sailors consistently at the top of the leaderboard for much of the day today. Rod Jackmana nd Michael Hickman figting it out for much of the day for the top honours, with Lisa Blackwood, Stuart Dawes, Ray Joyce and Ted Stevens all close for the third spot.
At the end of the nine races, Rod edged out Mike for the round win on 15.1 points, with Michael in seocnd on 16.5 points.
Lisa took third with 28.5 points, with Stu just a few behind on 31.
In Silver Division, Ted Stevens took the Inaugural win on 13 points, with Rod Marshall in second on 17.4 points and Ian Hey rounding out the top 3 with 18.9 points.
Wednesday is DF95 Mid Week Handicap at the Dam, button press at 11am - early volunteers are very welcome
Saturday is the next round of a Class Scratch at Montrose, 1300 button press
Next Sunday is RM Scratch at Montrose, 1300 button press
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