A healthy fleet of 12 sailors today for the third round of the IOM Summer Series.
Unfortunately a winch drum issue crueled Martin's day, but to his credit, he hung around to watch the rest of the fleet sail. Yours truly missed the first 6 races with other commitments, but was quite happy to join in for the second half of the day.
Some very light wind early on, and it wasn't really until about race 8 where we had anything significant, which soon upended a few yachts.
Of note today was Ricky Price, in his home built Equinox almost taking home it's first race win with a fantastic race (I think no.9) but struggled to recover after some nosediving down the last run. He would have been real happy with two second places for the day though.
Same with Rod Marshall, taking out a win in race 6. Great to see - even after I congratulated him a lap too early.
The wind was very hard to read today, but we all had to sail the same stuff, and unsurprisingly, regular sailors topped the scores on the day.
Mat Gray came out in front on the day, winning with 14 points (six race wins!!) Well done Mat.
Ray Joyce was three points behind in second place, on 17 points. (3 race wins). Another very consistent day.
Lisa Blackwood took third place today, on 33 points.
On handicap, Ian Hey took out first place with 4 net points. Rod Marshall sailed very well for his second place with 3 net points, and we had a tie for third place, with Andrew Price and John Hall both on 1 net point. Well done all.
Thanks, as always, to Les Hanson, in getting the races going in good time for us all.
Coming up on Wednesday, is our regular IOM MId Week Handicap, button press 11am at the dam.
This Thursday hopefully will see the A Class yachts at MBYC - club opening up at 4pm. The last two weeks have been really enjoyable, so let's hope for similar enjoyment this Thursday.
Next Sunday is RM Scratch, initially shcedulled at MBYC, but we will assess the weed situation closer to the day and will let members know if we need to shift to Risdon Brook again.
Finally, next Monday (8hr Day Public Holiday) is schedulled A Class Scratch at MBYC, button press at 11am.
On a bit of sad news, David Jammy Jones has decided to retire from IOM sailing, and will be enjoying his DF sailing now at Puddleduck on Tuesdays. he has asked me to put the feelers out there if anyone is interested in buying a near new K2 yacht in absolutely immaculate condition - with all rigs, rig box etc. If you might be interested, either contact Jammy, or let me know and I'll get you on to him, hopefully before he lists it on the ARYA site.
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