To say that the Brook was enigmatic today was a understatement. Forecast was for light south to south westerly winds backing east to south easterly 10 to 15 knots by late morning, which was a recipe for guess that shift and kept skippers scratching their heads as to which was the best way around the course. A healthy turnout of 17 skippers with 8 skippers contesting the IOM Handicap Series and a very healthy 9 skippers for scratch racing with their DF95's. PRO for the day was John Banks who set the best course possible for the conditions: start between 3 and 4, up to 2 and into 1, down to the 0 mark and back to the finish between 3 and 4. Handicaps for the IOM's were allocated with no surprises while the DF95's started after the IOM backmarkers off scratch at 2 minutes. Weed was still a bit of a nemesis and if you think weed slows an IOM down, it almost completely stops a DF95!
Race 1 line honours for the IOM's went to backmarker Stuart Harris with Rob Cooney finishing second and Tony Brewer third over the line. In the DF's, I scored a bullet with David Jones second and Anthony Castray third. Race 2 saw Tony Brewer take the gun from Bruce Rose clawing back the maximum handicap to take second place with Rob Cooney making up the rest of the podium in third place. The Silver Fox Peter Darcy got it right in the DF's taking the win from Jammy second and yours truly third. Race 3 saw new IOM skipper and Commodore of Montrose Bay YC, Rod Marshall take the win from John Smith second and Tony third. Another bullet for myself in the DF's with Wayne Behrens finishing second and Ray Joyce on the third step of the podium. Race 4 saw Tony take the gun in the IOM's with another well sailed podium finish for Rod in second spot and Wayne Turner also sailing well enough to take out third place. Ray notched up his maiden win for his DF95, taking the gun from Anthony in second spot and Darcy in third. Final race for the series, Race 5 was an around the bouys long distance type race which saw Rob sailing well to take line honours from Stu Harris with a second podium and Tony Brewer sailing consistently and on the podium again in third place. Darcy stole the show in the Dragon Flites with a solid win from Anthony second and Wayne third.
Final results saw a comfortable 2 point win to Tony Brewer in the IOM's from second placed Rob Cooney with 10 points and Rod Marshall third with 13 points. In the DF's, the top of the score board was very tight with only 3 points separating the top 5, however the "Plonk Trophy" went to yours truly, on countback from Anthony, both with 11 points and third place going to Ray Joyce just 1 point behind on 12 points, Jammy on 13 points and Wayne on 14.
Next Sunday is the final round of the Marblehead Winter Series with racing from 11:00 AM. Next Wednesday is IOM only racing. Don't forget that the sailing calendar has been revised for the rest of the year. The revised schedule was sent out by email on the 29th August, and the website calendar has also been updated.
Till the next button press, wet sails.
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