Seven skippers fronted for todays RM Scratch day. A nice relaxed later time off 11am for button press was welcomed by all, giving the day an extra hour to warm up.
We were greeted with a nice light NNW breeze, but as we were getting ready, it freshened a little, and B Rigs were decided to be the rig of choice.
Stu Dawes, in his recently acquired Scourge blasted out of the blocks, for a win on his first race with the yacht, and showed great speed throughout the day for a very respectable third place, with 28 points.
Fantastic to see Andrew Wardrop and his Indie combine for a very consistent day. He showed a lot of pace and with a worst score of 4th (after the two drops) showed the importance of consistency. He really kept Ray under pressure for much of the day, to come in a well deserved second for the day, on 22 points.
After a scratchy start, Ray re-discovered his Mojo and grabbed 7 bullets from the 12 races, to come out the winner on the day with 18 points.
Not to be discounted, yours truly, John Hall, Phil Turnbull and Rod Marshall all had dashes of brilliance during the day, all featuring in the top 3, but as always, we all need to keep working on both our yacht tuning and consistency of thumb work on the water.
I'm sure Ray will admit that it is great that so many of the other skippers are now pushing him much harder, and he needs to work hard to earn the rewards on the day. It seems gone now, the days of winning my a leg, and it really shows how all the skippers have improved over the last year or so.
This coming Wednesday will be IOM Handicap again, starting at 11am, and keep your eyes out for an email from John soon in regards to next Sundays sailing. It is scheduled for A Class racing, but we may be short on numbers due to work and other commitments, so a change in the class racing on Sunday could be likely.
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