Fine weather greeted the seventeen skippers in attendance for the mid week racing with 9 skippers competing in the IOM Handicap Series and 8 skippers with their pocket rockets for the DF95 Scratch Series. While the wind was a consistent 8 to 12 knot NNW'er on the river, it was an inconsistent 5 to 10 knot "everywhere-elser" Swiss breeze on the Brook with many a frustrating hole and a few pieces of weed to raise the frustration levels. PRO for the day was last week's winner Rod Jackman.
In the IOM fleet, Denis Lees got the ball rolling taking line honors in Race 1 from second placed Rob Cooney and third placed Alan McKenzie. Race 2 saw back to back wins for Denis, likewise for Rob with another second and Rod Marshall filling the third podium spot. Rod sailed well in Race 3 to take the gun from John Smith second across the line and Stu Harris sailing into third place. David Murfet made all the right moves in Race 4, taking victory from John Hall and Stu Harris in second and third place respectively. John did one better in the final race, Race 5, with David settling for second place and John Smith sailing well to take third place.
Final results for the IOM's saw Rob Cooney take the win by 1 point from John Hall in second place, on countback from David Murfet in third place, both on 14 points. Fourth place was just 1 point behind as was a countback for fifth and sixth.
The DF95 fleet started on scratch after the IOM's with Chris Wood taking line honours in Race 1 from Andrew Wardrop in second place and Anthony Castray finishing third. David Jones took the gun in Race 2 from Chris sailing consistently for a second place and the Silver Fox, Peter Darcy cunning enough to take third spot. Back to back firsts and seconds for Jammy and Chris respectively in Race 3 with yours truly finally getting it together with a podium finish in third place. Race 4 saw a cardinal sin from No. 39, not paying attention after taking the gun and ending up infringing Andrew before he finished. This promoted Wayne Behrens to take the win from Darcy in second place and Anthony in third place. I vindicated myself in the final race and stayed well clear of the rest of the finishing fleet to take the win from Darcy in second place and Jammy with a third podium for the day in third place.
Final results for the DF's and a comfortable 2 point win for Chris Wood, even though he had to leave early, from second place Peter Darcy on 11 points and Jammy Jones in third place just 1 point adrift.
Next Sunday is the IOM State Regatta but at this stage the number of entries is not great, so if you are planning to participate, get your entry in via the website. Late entries on the day will be accepted. Briefing is at 10:15 AM and I will press the button for Race 1 at 10:30 AM.
Till then, wet sails.
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