IOM Open – Mayoral Cup – Report

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10 competitors turned out today for the IOM Mayoral Cup at Fleetwood (which is 10 more than the same event last year) and were rewarded with blue skies, mares tails, sunshine and a nice bit of wind for our troubles.

Our PRO for the day, Eric Watkinson, made the best of the Easterly wind and set a long course with a beat into that flukey corner near the clubhouse that can be both a blessing or a curse depending on how it treats you. A-Rigs were the order of the day with some solid gusts to keep you on your toes downwind. There were plenty of nasty windshifts and dirty great holes to contend with but then I would say that having found most of them during the morning races 🙂

At the pointy end of the fleet Dave Burke was on fire taking 6 bullets in the first 6 races and basically spanked the lot of us with wicked boatspeed and solid tactics for a well deserved 1st overall. Derek Preistley put in a consistent performance on his home water and despite being on the wrong side of almost every shift he didn’t count a result higher than 3rd and finished in 2nd place. And rounding out the podium Peter Baldwin stamped his claim on 3rd overall by scoring three bullets in the final three races.

The rest of us had our moments in the sun, with Rick Ford taking a win in the 10th race from the main contenders and Mick Parkington scoring some decent results with his de-rakified widget showing good boat speed throughout the day.

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Please note there was a slight miscalculation in the hand written results posted yesterday, with Mick Parkington and Rick Ford swapping positions. (Apologies for the mixup)

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Special thanks, as always, to Eric Watkinson for being our race officer for the day, keeping us honest & keeping the scores. And thanks to all competitors for the friendly atmosphere and doing their turns on the water with minimal fuss. See you all in October for Windsor Trophy.

And finally, as a side note, with 16 races completed, utilising the full length of the lake, we’d all walked about 8 miles which just goes to show this model yachting business isn’t as lackadaisical as you’d imagine! (I missed the last 4 races with a jittering rudder servo and still managed 6.25 miles, modern technology eh?!)

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