A fine and hot early Autumn day for the Mid Week Handicap Series with the usual prevailing NNW breeze to around 8-10 knots, with the obligatory 90 degree swings in wind direction and a few holes to boot. A solid fleet of 14 boats was officiated over by last week's winner Chris Wood. With the handicap starter box destroyed last week, the scratch starting box was used using the pre gun countdown with backmarkers going on the gun. Handicaps stated in this report are normal handicap start times.
Race 1 line honours went to Peter Germein off 30 seconds and with recent performances, maybe deserves relegation to the 50 second bracket. Second place went to the ever competitive backmarker "Sir" Rodney with Kim Potter off 30 seconds filling the minor spot. Race 2 saw John Smith off scratch take the win with Wayne Turner off scratch taking second and John Banks off 30 seconds third. Race 3 saw the Commodore take the gun off 30 seconds, John Banks off 30 seconds finishing second and Kim Potter off 40 seconds finishing third. Race 4 was Long Distance using 2 starting lines, the windward most for the scratch and 30 second starters, the rest off the leeward line and saw the Commodore take a double off 30 seconds with Peter Germein second off 1 minute and Denis Lees third off 30 seconds as well. Race 5 was back to normal course and Denis Lees got the judges' nod from Rob Cooney off 50 seconds and Kim Potter off 50 seconds as well finishing third. The final Race 6 went to Wayne Turner off 10 seconds with Alan McKenzie off scratch second and Peter Germein off 1:20 third. Provisional results were "provisional" with a calculation error changing third place.
Winner of the Plonk Trophy Kim Potter with 20 points, 3 points clear of second place Peter Germein, 2 points ahead of third place Wayne Turner on 25 points.
Sunday is IOM Handicap with racing from 11:00 AM.
Till then, wet sails.
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