The IOM State Regatta was held at Montrose Bay on Sunday 15 October.
This was the first serious IOM event at Montrose and the venue proved to be a challenge at times when compared to the flat water of Risdon Brook Dam.
We had waves and joggle and a tidal influence to contend with and a shifty breeze which eventually died away to be replaced by a B Rig seabreeze for the final 2 heats.
The racing was run by Jeff Byerley of Mirage Radio Yacht fame and he was assisted by John Gard. Wayne Behrens had a dual role of a competitor as well as moving the marks at times. Thank you to Jeff, John and Wayne.
The racing was fierce at times, with incidents at mark roundings, willing starts and occasional collisions and hook ups. Jeff Byerley made sure all penalties were completed by the transgressors.
At the end of the day, Michael Hickman proved to be the master of the conditions and had a clear win from John Cole Cook and Lisa Blackwood. Andrew Wardrop did a fine job to finish 4th.
L to R: Michael Hickman 1st, John Cole-Cook 2nd, and Lisa Blackwood 3rd.
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