Another fine but cloudy day with a light southerly to maybe 10 knots on the Brook today for the Wednesday Handicap series. I had PRO duties today and after giving the 15 skippers their starting handicaps, got Race 1 under way with a southerly windward leeward course. Bruce Rose won the first race with newcomer Robert Gavin second and Denis Lees in third. Race 2 was a slow affair giving the backmarkers time to catch the scratch markers. Rod Jackman battled it out with Darcy for first and second, both off 60, with the consistent and much improved Rob Cooney taking out the minor position. With more consistent breeze in the third race, Kim Potter, Denis Lees and Rob Cooney stayed off the charge of the backmarkers. Race 4 was declared Long Distance with a slight change in the course, leaving the #9 mark to starboard on the run down to the bay mark and to port on the way back before heading for the finish line. Previous Long Distance races saw a blanket 50% addition to handicaps adjustments. Today I gave anyone with 60 seconds or more twice as long to start which allowed the scratch markers to take out the podium places; Kim Potter taking line honours with Denis Lees taking out second and Wayne Turner third. Despite his 3 minute handicap, Peter Darcy progressed through the fleet to take fourth place.
After 4 races and a drop, Rob Cooney lead the fleet with 10 points, Bruce Rose and Kim Potter were on 11 points in second and third, Dave Murfet in fourth on 13 points and Denis Lees and Robert Gavin on 15 points. The fleet was keen for another long distance so for Race 5 it was. Bruce Rose sailed well to claim his second win for the day with John Banks finishing second and Robert Gavin third. At only his second outing with an IOM, Robert is quickly getting the feel of the IOM and will be making room for his name in the results in the future I'm sure. The final race of the day was back to the standard short course and one for the scratch markers. Dave Murfet took the gun from Rob Cooney, again on the podium as too Robert Gavin.
Final results saw the win go to David Murfet on 20 points, 1 point ahead of Robert Gavin in second place and Bruce Rose in third place overall on 22 points. This weekend is the IOM State Championship with racing from 11:30 AM Saturday and 10:30 AM Sunday.
Till then, wet sails.
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