A solid fleet of 14 boats on the water for Round 1 of the IOM Scratch Series. With Daylight Savings kicking in and a forecast 10 to 20 knot variable northerly, anticipation for some good B Rig racing was quickly quashed with rather benign but tricky conditions of 1 to 5 knots from almost every point of the compass but tending northwesterly around to the SSW. With the fluky conditions, setting a course was a bit of a headache but we managed to get 10 races completed. PRO duties were a la the rota method with yours truly kicking things off for Race 1.
In form skipper Rodney Jackman took line honours in the first, closely pursued by Michael Hickman and David Jones to round out the podium. Lisa Blackwood stole the show in Race 2 with Matt Gray in the mix with a second place and the Silver Fox up there as well with a solid third. Race 3 saw a solid win for Michael Hickman with Jammy on the podium again as too Lisa with a third spot. Race 4 and yet another winner with Peter Sylvester taking the gun from Lisa sailing well in the conditions and yours truly taking third place. After the first drop, Lisa held a 1 point lead over Michael on 7 points, with Jammy in third place on countback from Darcy, both on 11 points and Matty Gray rounding out the top 5 with 13 points.
Race 5 saw another win from Lisa with Rod settling for second place and a third place for Wasabi. Michael Hickman notched up his second win for the day in Race 6 with Lisa not giving an inch in second place and Jammy sailing well with a third placing. Race 7 saw a win for Wasabi with the Silver Fox close behind in second and John Hall on the podium in third place. Another winner with Wayne Behrens taking the gun in Race 8 with Michael on the podium again in second place and Darcy also sailing well with a solid third. After the second drop, Michael held a 2 point lead over Lisa on 15 points, Darcy in third place with 20.9 points, Wasabi in fourth place on 23.4 points and Jammy rounding out the top five with 26.7 points.
Chris Wood took line honours in Race 9 with Rod Jackman on the podium for only the third time in second place and David Jones sailing consistently in third place for his fourth podium of the day. The final race for the day saw one of the masters of a fickle Brook, Michael Hickman take the gun from Matty Gray having a solid race for second and Darcy capping off a good day with a third place.
Final results and no surprises with odds on favorite Michael Hickman taking the day with 16.6 points, nautical miles ahead of Lisa Blackwood in second place and 30 points, just ahead of third placed Peter Darcy with 31.1 points.
Wednesday is IOM Handicap racing. Next Sunday is Montrose Opening Day and the call goes out to all IOM and DF95 skippers to bring their boats, for some casual sailing and demonstrations. After the Sail Past there will be a 6 race scratch series for both IOM's and DF95's with the winners of each class receiving a Plonk Trophy. The day kicks off around 10:00 AM, the Sail Past is around 11:00 AM and both RBRYC and MBYC racing in the afternoon from around 1:00 PM.
Till the next button press, wet sails.
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