A pleasant autumn day at the Brook with light to very light variable winds between south west and north west at an average 2-3 knots with waves of pressure to maybe 5 knots every now and then in between patches of bugger all. Last weeks winner Peter Sylvester had the duties of PRO and did a splendid job I must say.
A new boat arrived at the dam today, which, after some good humoured "critique" , i.e. took the piss out of, showed very good boat speed straight out of the blocks. Stuart Harris had a smile from ear to ear and must be happy with the new Maxim from the Byerley stables, as too Jeff himself who dropped in and to have a look and to take helm of the lavender coloured "Janet" for one of the races (might have been Race 3). No doubt after some fine tuning and a little more feel for the new design, Stuart will be a strong contender in future IOM racing at Risdon Brook. Another new IOM also had her maiden sail on the Brook today with Ted Lange's black with red pin stripped Joker design. I had intended to have a closer look but unfortunately didn't get around to doing, so I can't tell you any more about it.
Back to the racing and back marker Wasabi took advantage of very little wind during the starting sequence to take line honours in Race 1 with a second place for the new Janet (not bad for her very first race) starting off 20 to go, and Bruce Rose finishing third starting on the gun as well. Race 2 and Bruce kept up the Race 1 form with a win from Peter Germein off 30 to go, and John Banks finishing in third place also starting at 30 seconds to the gun. Race 3 and dark horse Chris Wood starting at 40 seconds to go, claimed victory from John Banks starting 10 seconds earlier and Bruce Rose with another podium appearance in third starting on the gun. Race 4 and Denis Lees took the win from a healthy 1:10 start from John Banks in second off 40 to go and Kim Potter sailing well to finish third off 1:20 to the gun. The fifth and final race for the day went to John Deegan starting off 1:30 to go, from second place Peter Germein on the podium again and a fourth podium for Bruce Rose starting right back on the gun.
With 4 out of 5 podiums, the series winner was Bruce Rose with 10 points, second place went to the new Maxim of Stuart Harris with 12 points (think you should send it back Stu), and a well sailed third place to John Banks with 15 points.
Sunday is Long Distance and BBQ with racing from 11:00 AM.
Till then, wet sails.
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