Long Distance Handicap Round 4
Expecting a smaller field today, given the day was Mothers Day. That said, I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout of ten sailors, including brand new member, Andrew Price - Welcome to RBRYC, Andrew.
Unfortunately, Andrew's DF95 had just the A Rig, the Club IOM failed Justin with a receiver issue, and Jeremy's A Class had a self tensioning drum failure.
Jeremy hung around with his young family for a few races, while Andrew and Justin filled in the PRO duties for the day. Thanks for the help there guys. It was really appreciated.
That left seven for the remainder of the day. We had quite heavy conditions today, with Lisa's A Class winning the first race before pulling out due tot he wind. Kyle's GothicA finally made it to water on race 3 after a long delay setting up the B rig, but that was in vain, with the yacht very hard to control - almost finding the sea wall.
All was good though, Kyle and Lisa swapped their A Classes out with their Marbleheads, and by race 5, we had 7 yachts racing again.
Races 2-6 were dominated by John Cole-Cook and Ray Joyce, combining for the first two positions, with Andrew Wardrop not far behind them, taking out four 3rd positions.
Races 7-10 had a changing of the dominant sailors, with Kyle winning the next four and Lisa taking second on each occasion. Ray and Andrew sharing third spot in those races as well.
Even though there was a late charge for the win on the day, it was too little, too late, with John Cole-Cook being way too consistent throughout, with two 4th spots as the lowest scores - winning with 17 points.
Ray Joyce was also similarly consistent, with two wins, three 2nds and two 3rd giving 19 points overall.
Andrew Wardrop finished third, the Indie loving the heavy C2 conditions, with 26 points.
Although not mentioned, John and Stu were also in C2 rigs, and were significantly smaller than the C2's of the other RM's. Although not in the places, they did sail very competitively, but the yachts needed a few more knots of breeze to fully unleash their potential.
A very enjoyable days sailing overall by everyone. Fantastic conditions for long distance sailing.
Results at mysailingresults website
Wednesday is the regular IOM Handicap, starting at 11, followed by the RA State Championship next Saturday and Sunday. Please get entries in as soon as possible for this event. It looks to be a well represented weekend.
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