Not ideal conditions for sailing today with cool and overcast conditions and a very light, very funky hole with a bit of wind here and there. Good to see the return of new members Alan McKenzie and John Deegan, and also David Jones with his new V9 and A sails made from that Code Zero stuff (it's proper name eludes me at this point). PRO for the day was Peter Sylvester and after administering the handicaps, marshalled the 13 skippers and their boats for Race 1.
John Deegan must have had a grin on his face after notching up a win in his first ever race at the Brook. John Banks was second and Bruce Rose third. Stu Harris took honours in Race 2 with Wayne Behrens second and John Banks on the podium again with a third place. Race 3 was won by backmarker The Silver Fox (aka Darcy) for Team V9, followed by the red dragon Andrew Wardrop and Stu Harris again in third. Another winner in Race 5 with backmarker Ray Joyce finding the fastest way home as did Stu Harris and Tony Brewer. There was enough breeze around for Race 6 so a long distance race was gambolled and handicaps adjusted accordingly. Stu Harris managed the condition the best winning the race from Rob Cooney and Darcy for third.
Two Plonk Trophies were up for grabs today; 1 for those starting on 20 seconds or less and 1 for the rest to squabble over. John Banks won the B Fleet award and Bruce Rose won the A Fleet award and a healthy addition to his handicap to place him in the fleet where he should be! Second overall was Rob Cooney and John Banks third.
Today was also the virgin voyage of the camera boat. I have installed an action camera on my Marblehead and sailed around with the fleet as they were racing. With only the B Rig on and the light conditions it was a struggle to keep up with the IOM's when it was really light but the vision is very good and after editing will, I'm sure, make for some interesting viewing. Stay tuned.
Next Sundays scheduled All Club Invitational has been cancelled due to L.O.I. so the IOM Mid Winter Challenge will be re-sailed. Briefing at 10:15, racing from 10:30 AM. All boats to be weighted prior to launching.
Till then, wet sails,
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