Warm and sunny conditions on the Brook for today's Long Distance racing, with light to moderate northerlies coming down the dam in puffs and holes, but forecast to strengthen later on then a late sea breeze. Only ten skippers turned up as well as Les Hanson who kindly offered his services as PRO for the day. Race 1 was a traditional long distance race with podium places going to backmarkers Rod Jackman, yours truly in second and Peter Darcy in third. A course change for Race 2 and something Stu Harris has been itching to try. Start between 1 and 2 leaving all the orange marks of the regular course to port, two laps. Ray Joyce took out the first win on this course from 60 seconds, myself also off 60 in second and David Jones off 60 in third. Rod Jackman took another win in Race 3 with Peter Sylvester finishing second and David Jones in third. Stu Harris claimed a victory in the first race after lunch, taking the win in Race 4 from yours truly and the Silver Fox for third spot. The wind was strengthening and some opting for B Rigs and others pulling out. Ray Joyce held his A rig to win Race 5 from David Jones and Rod Jackman . Race 6 was definitely B Rig and possibly C but Ray showed his heavy weather skills taking a double from Peter Sylvester again in second place and the consistent David Jones in third place. The final race for the day was a three boat affair in a very stiff breeze between die hards Rod Jackman, Ray Joyce and Peter Sylvester who finished in that order.
Final results for the day saw a tight battle between Ray Joyce and Rod Jackman come down to the wire and the overall victory, on countback, going to Ray, Rod Jackman second and Peter Darcy third.
Next Sunday is Round 2 of the IOM Summer Series with handicap racing in the morning and scratch racing in the afternoon. Starting times are 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM respectively. Alan Furmage is rostered to be PRO.
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