It was warm and sunny at the dam for today’s IOM handicap racing. A light south Westerly (of about 5 knots) was blowing when we arrived which gave us hope for some good sailing. This wind maintained its strength but moved to the south with shifts both to the West and the East making for some interesting sailing. Predicting the shifts correctly was an important element today.
Phil Jackman had electronics trouble even before the start of the first race and so could not compete but he did stay and do PRO duties for the day. Thank you Phil.
Today we welcomed back Peter Germaine who migrates between Tassie and Queensland each year, finding the best of the weather. Pete has lost no form and today finished a creditable 4th overall with a win and a second on the scorecard.
By the time we had sailed nine races, storm clouds were threatening and with some loud rolls of thunder sounding a warning, Trout decided that safety and comfort were priorities and called it a day.
The overall positions: Third place went to Chris Wood who had an excellent start to the day but paid for it in handicap penalties. Chris spent the afternoon with a handicap of 90 seconds and started much later than his nearest rival.
Second went to Peter Turner who sailed his classic well to its handicap and finished the day with two race wins and two second places in his tally.
Today’s winner was Lisa Blackwood who was the most consistent of the podium place getters. Lisa has just returned from winning the A class national championships making it back-to-back titles for her. Congratulations Lisa and well sailed today too!
Saturday: IOM scratch racing at Montrose. (1:00 button)
Next Wednesday: IOM handicap sailing at the dam (11:00 button)
And for your calendar:
Wednesday 29th November: The Stay ChatTY Regatta. This will be a handicap, invitation event at the dam with entry by donation to Stay ChatTY. The club will be putting on a BBQ lunch on the day. More information on this will come soon.
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