What a day today. A glorious 15 knot SSE breeze practically all day, ensuring that all skippers sailed the entire day in B rigs.
A few later entries brought the numbers up to 10 for the event. Pro, Les Hanson and Observer Ken Dobbie kept things moving along nicely - even when the coutdown sequence failed after a few races.
Fifteen races were completed prior to the shutoff time, and with Mat Gray again dominating before being cruelled by a burned out and nastily smoking receiver, things got seemingly very close, with quite a number vying for the podium positions.
Throughout, the sailing was in very good spirit and behaviour, and I am sure each of the ten competitors would have really enjoyed the day.
We had a few members come along during the day to watch, and commented ont he fantastic conditions we were treated with today.
Once we retired back to the bar for a post race drink and reflection ont he day's activities, the results were tallied up and results called.
Lisa Blackwood ran out winner of the 2022 IOM State Regatta on 36 points. Congratulations Lisa, continuing the rich vein of form at the moment.
Second place today went to the evergreen John Cole-Cook on 45 points. A very consistent day today.
Third place went to Ray Joyce on 46 points. Also very consistent throughout and finishing very strongly with a couple if bullets to close the day out.
A big thanks today to Les and Ken for their assistance today. Without the volunteer work around controlling the races (and competitors), days like this simply would not happen.
This coming Wednesday, we have our regular IOM Mid Week Handicap at the dam, button press at 11am.
Next Sunday is the rescheduled RM State Regatta. Entries close tonight - late entries till Friday, so get your entry in if you intend on sailing. A few people have had issues in entering, which seems to be people who had laready entered in the original event. Please contact me if you are having issues and I'll get the entry in for you.
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