Sunday 30th June
The weather for this event was pretty much perfect, warm all day with a Westerly breeze at the top end of no.2 rig for most of the yachts. The wind was both gusty and shifting which allowed for some close tactical racing, these boats proved again a joy to sail in these conditions.
A course was set using three quarters of the lake to avoid the worst of the chop at the club house end, the racing being held over two laps, all twelve races being held over the same course apart from constant adjustment of the start line ( even during the countdown due to big shifts ).
Races were held at a leisurely rate to allow tuning and minor repairs in between ensuring all yachts started every race. Tuning and rigging tips being offered by the more experienced skippers and great fully received by the rest of us.
Bob Jolly took the helm of Mike Benson’s yacht for several races and thanks to them both for carrying out RO duties when not sailing.
Derek took the win but didn’t have it all his own way, there were certainly some close quarters battling between John and himself. At the first windward mark we were often still together as a fleet.
IOM practice events are Wednesday 2nd July and Wednesday 14th August both at 18:30. Next IOM club racing is Sunday 1st September at 10:00.