A taste of warmer days to come at the Brook today for the Mid Week Series with temperatures in the high teens, sunny conditions and a fairly steady NNW'er averaging maybe 6-8 knots with the odd stronger puff to maybe 10 or so knots. Quite a good fleet turning up with 12 IOM's and 4 DF95's including new member and Commodore of Montrose, Rod Marshal getting his new acquisition on the water, George Fish down from Launceston on business (with both his IOM and DF95, as you would do on a business trip) and the return of a few skippers from their winter walkabout to warmer climes. Stu Harris took control of the mob and advised IOM handicaps with no surprises, and the DF's racing off scratch behind the backmarking IOM's. Course for the first few races was start between 1and 2, up to 5 and out to 6, run down to the gate and finish between 1 and 2. From Race 4 the IOM's changed course; start at the usual place, up to 5, tight reach out to the wing mark 9, shy reach down to the outside gate mark and finish between 1 and 2. The DF's sailing the same course they sailed in the first few races.
Race 1 line honours went to John Banks with John Smith second and Kim Potter third. In the DF's, I took line honours from David Jones second and Anthony Castray third. John Smith notched up a win in Race 2 with Denis Lees sailing well and a second and John Banks on the podium in third spot. Another win for yours truly in the DF's with Anthony beating Jammy for second and third respectively. Race 3 saw Rod Marshal's first ever win at the Brook on his first day of radio sailing with Alan McKenzie sailing well into second place and Denis Lees sailing well into third place as well. Anthony took a close win from Jammy with yours truly clearing out some more weed and a distant third place. Race 4 saw a double for Rod Marshal with John Banks second and David Murfet third. Anthony scored a double from myself in second and Jammy third in the DF race. Race 5 and Bruce Rose sailed well from backmarker position to take the win from fellow backmarker Andrew Wardrop and Chris Wood also sailing well to take third place. George swapped boats and classes and took the win in the DF's with myself second, Jammy third and Anthony fourth. The final race for the series went to Denis Lees with Bruce on the podium again in second place and Chris Wood with a second podium for the day in third place. Anthony took the gun in the DF's with Jammy second, myself third and George fourth.
Final results for the day saw the IOM Plonk Trophy go to JB with 14 points from second place Denis Lees with 18 points and third placed Bruce Rose with 22 points on countback from Chris Wood. I managed a win in the DF's with 9 points, on countback from Anthony in second and Jammy third with 12 points.
No sailing this Sunday as it is Father's Day as you well know. Next Wednesday is purely IOM Handicap and the following Sunday is the final round of the IOM Winter Series, Round 6, with racing from 11:00 AM.
Till then, wet sails.
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