A cold and light, funky southerly kept skippers on their toes today for the mid-week series. A relatively small fleet of 8 IOMs and 3 DF95s fronted for the day's racing with Wayne Behrens in the PRO's seat. Course for the day was start between 3 and 4, up to 1 and out to 2, run down to either 6 and 5 or the 0 mark dependant on the class, and finish between 3 and 4. Handicaps were the usual deal for the IOM's while the DF95's started on "scratch" 30 seconds after the last IOM backmarker was off.
Race 1 went to Wayne Turner off scratch with John Smith also off scratch in second place and 30 second starter John Banks filling the top three. Race 2 saw the Silver Fox Peter Darcy show cunning to take line honours from 1:30 with David Murfet off scratch second and backmarker Ray Joyce third. Race 3 and Jammy Jones stole the show from the back to take the gun from Darcy starting off 2 minutes in second place and Ray Joyce on the podium again starting from 1:40. Race 4 and Jammy notched up a double from the back of the starting list with Darcy also overhauling the fleet to take second spot and Stuart Harris taking third place from a 1:30 start. Race 5 went to front marker John Smith off 20 seconds with Ray Joyce off 1:50 and David Jones off 2:30 finishing in second and third spot respectively. The final race of the day went to John Smith for his second win of the day with Stu Harris second and Ray filling the minor podium place.
Final results for the IOMs saw Peter Darcy take the win by 1 point from John Smith in second, on countback from Ray Joyce for third, both on 15 points. In the DF95s, number 39 had 5 wins and a second to take the series from second place Andrew Wardrop on countback from Anthony Castray third, both with 11.5 points.
Sunday is Round 5 of the IOM Winter Scratch Series with racing from 11:00 AM.
Till then, wet sails.
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