RM Summer Series Scratch Round 3
Fairly difficult conditions today. Light to fresh breeze from al around the compass, with the sailors negotiating some good wave action, turning difficult when the breeze decided to drop off, yet the waves remained.
The seven sailors who were able to make it got 11 races in, predominantly on B rigs, with the exception of John's Skalpel and Stu's F-5 for around half the day - who both had A Rigs.
That said, there seemed to be no distinct advantage between A and B rig today, and all the boats were very competitive when skippered correctly.
A close top 3 today, with Ray taking the honours today, winning on 21 points. Lisa Blackwood came in second, on 24 points - on countback to John Cole-Cook.
It was also great to see Andrews Indie really competitive today. A freshened up hull and a fine looking new mainsail really looking the goods.
On handicap, We had Lisa taking out first place, on 3 net points, with Andrew coming in second, on 1 net point. Ray and John (Hall) tied for 3rd with zero net points.
Good luck to both Rod Marshall and Lisa Blackwood, who will be competing in the A Class National Championships in SA tomorrow and Tuesday. Unfortunately, Tes Stevens and myself missed out with the Spirit of Tasmania sailings being cancelled since last Thursday, so the Blister "invastion" has reduced from three yachts to just one. I'm sure Lisa and Rod will do the club a fantastic service over here.
Wednesday is our regular IOM Mid Week Handicap at the dam, from 11am.
Next Saturday, 22nd October is the return of the "Woodie Day" at Forcett Lakes. Button press there at 10am for anyone interested.
Next Sunday, 23rd October, is the IOM State Regatta. Entries close today, and we only have 6 entries in so far, so please get them in as soon as possible.
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