Wonderful weather for the two days of the RM State Championship. Wind was a mix, between top end of B rig yesterday, and A rig all day today. Wind generally from all points of the compass.
We managed 16 races on each day, so the competitors certainly got their value out of the event, and were understandaby a bit tired when the last race was completed.
Some real highlights throughout included there being 7 individual race winners across the day. Both Rod Marhsall and John Hall shared three race wins each. A real achievement given the quality of the competitors and the dfficulty at times, of reading the wind shifts - something yours truly needs to work on after leading a race from first mark to last mark, yet coming 4th....
So many races wer extremely close, and the end numbers don't truly do the weekends sailing enough justice.
That said, in the end, the slightest of margins determined our winner of the championship.
Both Ray Joyce and John Cole-Cook finished on 70 points a piece, with Ray winning on countbak with his 8 wins compared to John's 6 wins.
Lisa Blackwood came in third position for the event, on 83 points.
Looking back over the last two days, and how the yachts sailed on the most part, it has shown that every one of the 8 yachts sailing was up to pace, and easily capable of winning, with the ultimate skill of the sailor in picking the correct shifts often enough proving to be worth gold.
Big thanks this weekend must go to our PRO's across the two days. Without Les and Mike coming along to help with the official duties, the event would not have been as successful as it was.
This coming Wednesday is a return to IOM Handicap racing at the dam, and we have IOM Summer Series Scratch next Sunday at MBYC.
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