A light South Westerly of about 5 knots was blowing at the start of todays IOM handicap racing at Risdon Brook Dam. Accordingly we set triangular course involving buoy 9. After four races a sea-breeze of 5 – 10 knots had made its way in and we changed to the regular course involving a box around the top four buoys. The 29 degree maximum didn’t seem too overbearing – in fact just a nice day to be sailing radio yachts at the dam.
The podium was well shared today with everyone scoring at least one podium finish (in fact everyone but me scored at least two podium finishes) which I think demonstrates that the handicap system is working pretty well.
Third overall was Peter Sylvester who picked a giant wind shift on the last leg in at least two races to steal victory.
Second went to Martin Svensen who had his boat looking well rigged and was sailing much faster and more confidently. Martin finished the day with two race wins a second and a third placing in his race tally.
Today’s winner by quite a big margin was Andrew Wardrop. With three race wins Andrew was a cut above most of the rest of the fleet today. I am not sure why Andrew grumbles so much about courses that involve buoy No 1. It didn’t seem to affect him much. Well sailed today Andrew, Martin and Pete.
On Sunday we will be having aur end of year function at Montrose. Sailing (any boat you like) starts at 10:00, BBQ lunch and prize giving at 1:00
Next week will be our last Wednesday handicap sail for the year and will be for IOM’s. (11:00 button)
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