Today was Round 4 of the IOM Summer Series and conditions were bearable to a little soggy. The morning session of scratch racing was relatively dry with light and shifty south-south easterlies while the afternoon's handicap racing was the same variable light winds, with puffs to maybe 8 knots and a tad damper with a fine drizzle setting in for the last two races. PRO for the day was Peter Sylvester who did a fine job, aided by Anthony Castray after Race 3 from memory. Ten skippers fronted for the mornings scratch racing of 7 races. Michael Hickman read the conditions best with 9 points, 4 wins and 6 podiums, followed by yours truly with 12 points, two wins, 6 podiums, and David Jones in third place on 17 points and 5 podium finishes.
After the lunch break, the afternoon's handicap racing commence with the absence of David Jones and Lisa Blackwood. David Murfet, Peter Germein and Les Hanson were off scratch, Andrew Wardrop off 40 seconds and the rest off 1 minute. Peter Germein sailed the one lap course well to top the leader board with 18 points and 3 wins, on countback from Les Hanson with a win, and Rod Jackman also with a win, one point adrift in third place overall. Six of the eight skippers notched up a win and the points spread from first to last was 8 points.
Next week is Round 3 of the Marblehead Summer Series with racing from 1:30 PM.
Til then, wet sails.
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