Another pleasant winter's day at the Brook for the usual Wednesday Handicap Series with a BOM forecast of north to north westerly winds between 10 and 15 knots and that was pretty much bang on for the relatively small number of 8 skippers that fronted for the day's racing. Anthony Castray kindly offered his services as PRO and after administering the handicaps, got the racing underway with Race 1. Course was the usual one lap affair; start between 1 and 2, windward beat up to 6 then into 5, run down to the bottom gate and beat to finish between 1 and 2.
Wind speed for the first race was around 5 to 8 knots with the odd puff burying the IOM's noses and testing the skippers boat handling skills on the run. John Banks took the gun from Wayne Banks in second and yours truly finishing third. Race 2 went to David Murfet with Stuart Harris second and Andrew Wardrop rounding out the podium. With the wind building to 10 to 12 knots and a lot more "ballet" on the run of Race 2, skippers changed to B Rig for Race 3 with line honours going to "Sir" Rodney Jackman with Andrew Wardrop second and myself also on the podium in third place. Race 4 saw another win to Rod with Stuart Harris second and Dave Murfet finishing in third place. What was to be the final race of the day, Race 5 saw David Jones first to cross the finish line with myself second and Rod crossing in third place. Despite a few minor equipment failures and the odd piece of weed causing a nuisance, racing was close and an enjoyable day was had by all skippers.
Final results and the "Plonk" Trophy went to Rod Jackman with 9 points from second placed Stuart Harris on 12 points and third placed David Murfet on 16 points, on countback from John Banks.
Next Sunday is Long Distance with racing from 11:00 AM.
Til then, wet sails.
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