Another solid fleet of 16 IOM's fronted for the mid-week Handicap Series. Conditions were quite good for racing with a solid but variable 10 to 12 knot NNW'er, however the rest of the "weather" was hit and miss with sunny conditions between a few showers including a bit of hail, forcing postponement of a couple of races and skippers taking to vehicles for the duration. PRO for the day was Wayne Behrens who, after announcing the handicaps, got racing underway around 11:20.
Race 1 line honours went to the Commodore David Murfet with John Deegan second and backmarker Rod Jackman filling third spot on the podium. Race 2 saw a good win for rookie IOM skipper Rod Marshall take the gun from backmarker David Jones second and anther podium for Rod Jackman in third place. Darcy made all the right moves after starting at the back and took the win from Jammy again in second place and a hat trick of thirds for Rod Jackman. John Smith started off scratch in Race 4 and didn't let the fleet catch him, taking the gun from John Banks in second and Mr Consistency Rod Jackman with yet another third place. Race 5 saw recent retiree John Hall grab a win from David Jones notching up another second place and John Banks rounding out the podium. The final race for the series, Race 6 went to Jammy Jones with yet another podium from Sir Rodney in second spot and John Smith holding off the rest of the fleet to take third place.
Final results and no surprises as to who won then Plank Trophy. Rod Jackman clear winner with 14 points from John Hall in second place with 17 points and David Jones rounding out the top three, on countback from John Banks, both on 24 points.
DF95 Twilight Series at MBYC
Round 2 of the DF95 Twilight Series at Montrose Bay saw a small fleet of 6 boats revel in a solid northerly of around 12 to 15 knots. Those with C Rigs tried them out but these remarkable yachts showed they could handle the B Rig just as well in the conditions. The course was a simple windward leeward course of two laps, the top half of the course in more sheltered waters in the lee of the point and jetty while the more exposed bottom half of the course provided plenty of down wind surfing to the bottom mark. Apart from the six competing skippers, there was a few other spectators including Ken Dobbie and pooch, new member Geoff Mathews who with only his A Rig did not sail, and Lisa Blackwood who took the controls of Kyle Stewart's boat and I think has been "sold" on these little performers. Also competing was Kyle's friend, Ken Wong who with a little more practice, will be on the podium I'm sure. Once again, there was some spectacular "ocean racing" conditions after the arrival of the Mona Ferry, albeit for only a few minutes.
Race 1 and I notched up the first win of the day with Lisa second and Peter Darcy finishing in third place. Race 2 and another win for No. 39 with Darcy improving his score with a second place and Andrew Wardrop finishing in third spot. A hat trick for yours truly in Race 3 with Darcy notching up another second place and Lisa on the podium again in third place. Lisa took her first DF95 victory in Race 4 with Wayne Behrens across the line in second place and a third place for myself. Those on C Rig took advantage of the break to change up to B Rig. With his B Rig on, Wayne Behrens took the gun in Race 5 from Peter Darcy in second place and third place for yours truly. Race 6 saw another win for Lisa with No. 39 across the line in second place and Andrew rounding out the podium places. Race 7 saw another win for No. 39 with Wayne on the podium in second spot and Andrew with another third place. Race 8 saw line honours go to Lisa again with Wayne finishing in second place and myself on the podium in third place. The final race for the afternoon saw a win for the Silver Fox, Peter Darcy from second place Wayne Behrens and Lisa over the line in third place.
Final results and a comfortable 3 point win for yours truly despite a broken Jib attachment right at the start of the last race, with Lisa finishing in second place with 15 points and Wayne in third place overall with 17 points.
While Lisa took the controls of Kyle's boat, Kyle took some photo's and shot some video of the races which have been uploaded to this website under News> Photo's and Videos, to YouTube and to Face Book.
Next Sunday is Round 1 of the Marblehead Summer Series with racing from 1:00 PM, and the following Sunday is the IOM State Regatta with briefing at 10:15 AM and racing from 10:30 AM.
Till then, wet sails.
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