Yet another fine spring day at Risdon Brook today with a light nor-wester and the usual puffs and shifts. PRO Stu Harris got racing under way with 11 boats hitting the water for Race 1. The master of Risdon Brook, Lisa Blackwood, took an early lead on the leader board winning the first two races, with John Hall and myself in the minor positions in Race 1 and Andrew Wardrop and myself in the minors for Race 2. I took line honours in Race 3 with Ray Joyce second and Lisa third. Once again, Lisa won Race 4 followed by Ray in second place and Peter Sylvester in third place which he used as a warm up to win Race 5 with Andrew Wardrop in second and Lisa third. Race 6 saw Wayne Behrens step up to the podium along with Peter in second and Andrew in third.
The wind was almost gone after Race 6 so lunch was called. Racing resumed with a very fickle breeze with a bit of north to north east in it at times, so a shorter course was set. Lisa's domination continued in Race 7 with John Hall second and myself in third place. Race 8 saw Ray Joyce take the win from Andrew Wardrop and Wayne Behrens. Lisa gabbed another bullet in Race 9 from myself and Andrew in third. Ray Joyce took another win in Race 10 followed by Lisa and Andrew. I scored my second win for the day in Race 11 with Lisa and Andrew filling the minor spots. The domination continued in the twelfth and final race of the day with Lisa getting the nod from John Hall and myself in third.
Final results saw Lisa win the day streets ahead of the rest of us on 16 points. Second place went to count back between Andrew Wardrop and myself, my two wins enough to secure second spot for the day and Andrew third, both almost double the score of Lisa, on 30 points.
Next Sunday is scheduled as a Combined Club Invitation day, but there was talk of resailing the IOM Mid Winter Challenge instead. I'm sure the committee will advise us if this is the case.
Till then, Wet sails,
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