A glorious spring day at Risdon Brook for Round 1 of the IOM Summer Series. Clear sunny skies and a nor-wester of 10 - 15 knots had the 12 skippers umming and ah-ing over which rig to choose, but it became fairly obvious that B rig was the wise choice for the mornings scratch racing. PRO for the day was Les Hanson, ably assisted by David Murfet.
Ray Joyce took line honours for Race 1 with Michael Hickman second and John Hall third. Race 2 saw Rod Jackman take the win from Ray Joyce and David Jones. Race 3 was won by yours truly with Michael Hickman second and the Silver Fox third, who then took out Race 4 followed by Rod Jackman in second and myself in third. Race 5 was when Ray threw out the challenge by easily winning from Rod and Michael. Chalk up another win for Ray in Race 6 with Darc and Stu Harris in the minor positions, and another win for Ray in Race 7 with Rod and Darc a distant second and third. Ray had it in the bag for the eighth and final race of the scratch series and nailed the door shut with another win, with Michael and myself filling the minor places.
No surprises who won the day. Ray Joyce was streets ahead in the final results with 7 points, 9 points clear of Rod Jackman in second place with 16 points, 1 point ahead of Peter Darcy in third place.
I can't tell you much about the handicap racing, as I left after the scratch racing, but I can tell you that there was a three way countback for first, second and third and a countback for fourth and fifth. A couple of wins for Michael Hickman gave him the edge from Peter Sylvester's solo win and Peter Darcy third place overall.
Next weekend is the two day State Marblehead Championship. Briefing and 10:15, racing from 10:30.
Til then, wet sails,
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