Wednesday Handicap Series
Almost a carbon copy of last week as far as weather conditions with a fine and sunny spring day and a forecast variable breeze of around 10 knots from the NW to NE, swinging NE by noon to 10 to 20 knots, however at the Brook, this was a recipe for some very funky sailing conditions with plenty of passing lanes and parking spots. Another solid fleet of IOM's in attendance with 13 boats on the water under the authoritative gaze of Andrew Wardrop as PRO. Course for the first 3 races was start between 1 and 2, enigmatic windward leg up to 6, into 5 then run down to the bottom gate, with a short but at times decisive beat to finish between 1 and 2.
Race 1 and new member Rod Marshal showed he is quickly getting use to radio sailing, starting off scratch and holding off the rest of the fleet to take line honours from fellow scratch marker John Smith in second place and Kim Potter rounding out the podium in third place. Race 2 saw a solid win from backmarker Chris Wood with Wayne Behrens also starting from the back mark in second and Kim with a second podium and another third place over the line. Race 3 saw a small course change with the top marks being reversed; to 5 first, then 6, with the same run to gate and finish. Line honours went to scratch starter Wayne Turner from second placed Denis Lees and Wayne sailing well again to take third spot starting from the back. Race 4 line honours went to Stuart Harris with much celebration and fist pumping, followed by John Smith on the podium again in second spot and a third podium for Wayne in third place.
After the first and only drop for the series, Wayne Behrens held a 2 point lead over Chris Wood in second place with 10 points, third on countback was John Smith from fourth placed Denis Lees, both on 12 points and Rob Cooney rounding out the top 5 with 15 points. Race 5 was one those "it's not over till it's over" races as Wasabi rounded the inside gate mark mid fleet and snuck through with a timely right hander to get the gun from fellow back marker Stu Harris in second and Rod Marshall with a well sailed third place.
The final race for the day saw a change of course to the round the bouys long distance track; start between 1 and 2, up to the top 0 mark, running/shy reach down to the wing mark 9, gybe onto another run/shy reach down to both marks of the gate and the usual finish. All marks to port, 2 laps. David Jones mastered the tricky conditions of the longer race to take line honours from Denis Lees in second and Wayne sailing consistently with another podium and third place.
Provisional results were just that with the eventual winner not on the scorer's radar for some reason. The Plonk Trophy going to Wayne Behrens with 15 points, a very comfortable 5 points clear of Chris Wood in second place, on countback from Denis Lees in third place, both on 21 points.
Next Sunday is the final round, Round 6 of the IOM Winter Scratch Series with racing from 11:00 AM. Next Wednesday is mixed with both IOM's and DF95's hitting the water, IOM's handicap, DF's scratch.
Till then, wet sails.
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