Well, the event has been run and won. The start of the second day started off very much opposite of yesterdays conditions. Nice sunshine, but no wind whatsoever. We attempted an initial race, but was abandoned on exceeding the time limit. Not much fun drifting around on the tide. An early lunch was called without a race finished, and we were hoping for at least something after lunch.
With a 1pm resumption, the wind did make an appearance in a SE direction, making the start and eventual course very awkward for the PRO, but we all did the best with the cards that fell our way. In to the second race, the sea breeze decided to fill in, and after the third, we had a rush for bulk rig changes to the "B's". Following on from that, we got a few good "three in a row" stanza's up to our allotted finish at 3.30pm. We completed 8 races only for day two, but that was enough to make some considerable changes at the top of the order.
Kyle Stewart suffered some equipment issues, which will no doubt be fixed up for the nationals, while John Cole-Cook must have had his spinach this morning for breakfast, taking out 5 of the 8 races on the day. Also dominating for much of day two, Ray Joyce quickly broke down the overnight deficit, to blast through the overnight leader and win the Championship - by count back to John Cole-Cook, with Kyle Stewart just edging out Lisa Blackwood for third place.
The entire weekend was enjoyed by all competitors, made all the more enjoyable with the able assistance of the volunteers, Ken Dobbie, Anne Cole-Cook, Peter Germain, and Don McLeod. Events like this just don't happen without the help of volunteers. It was also great seeing the comradare amongst competitors, with help openly being offered to those that needed some fixes or assistance to get their yachts on the water after breakages etc. That sort of thing brings sailors back week after week, and it's great seeing this happening at the club.
Wednesday 11th December is the regular Wednesday IOM Handicap at the dam, starting at 10am for an hour of scratch racing, followed by handicap racing from 11am.
Sunday 17th December is our last Sunday sailing for the year, with IOM Summer Scratch Round 6 scheduled, from 1pm. Following the sailing, we will be having a BBQ for all of our members, family, and friends, from 5pm. We are going to be celebrating the sailing year, with winners of Summer, Winter and Overall Scratch series for IOM and Marbleheads, Handicap perpetual trophy, as well as our equally important Most Improved and clubman trophies. Your committee would really love to see a great turnout for the afternoon, but we also need to have some idea of likley turnout so we can cater for it effectively. That said, could you please email me to indicate that you intend on coming - as well as any diet requirements for those with allergies or other needs. It would also be appreciated if people could bring along a salad or dish to add to the BBQ for everyone to share. Your committee look forward to seeing you next week to celebrate our year of sailing.
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