No report this time I’m afraid, only to say our second IOM outing post full lockdown was just as good as the first which was amazing. Full social distancing observed. Please note this Wednesdays (12th Aug) IOM practice has been CANCELLED due to most skippers having other commitments. More IOM racing soon we hope, watch this space.
First and foremost, we are grateful to Bob Jolly for taking on the Race Officer duties, not to mention him gaining some good results when taking the helm in a couple of races.
On a personal level (and I am sure that amongst others) I am also grateful to Mike Parkington for his Britpop set-up expertise and to Derek for assisting us all with his input in getting various boats ship-shape and race worthy!
It seems that this winter is less than kind with the weather and although the sixteen races were not in rain and a storm, the direction and the gusts proved to be more than a challenge and the day ended with us all on a B rig.
As you will see from the results there were five different skippers taking a bullet and close racing throughout the fleet.
The final event of this series is this coming Sunday the 15th March – and don’t miss the IOM Mayoral Cup which is an Open event the following Sunday – both 10am starts.
Yachting Section Secretary
Here are some piccies, on YouTube, supplied by (Flying) Tony Wilson
The Club as part of its 90th year celebrations is staging the IOM National Championships over the August Bank Holiday 29th-31st. We are hoping that this will attract an entry of 84 skippers and it promises to be a spectacular event. The entry for the event is £50 and entry can be made though the MYA Online Payments System. An entry form can be obtained by clicking the following link – https://mya-uk.org.uk/event/iom-national-championship/
Entries will be prioritised to MYA members up until 1st April, whereafter entries will be open to overseas competitors.
Seven skippers turned out for the first IOM club racing session of 2020. With the wind coming from a reasonable SW direction it was anyone’s guess whether A or B rig was the correct choice, most opting to watch me ( B rig ) and Doug ( A rig ) practicing before still not being sure, in the end all started with B except for Doug.
Racing started just after 10:30 on a course set over 1.5 laps using 3/4 of the lake. Plenty of shifts & plenty of gusts to keep us thinking followed by a bit of a lull during race 4. We decided we would complete the next race before changing up to A rig, a good choice since in the end Doug changed down a rig as the wind increased for race 6.
The top two positions in most races were fought for by Rob & Derek with a bit of a repeating pattern of results occurring. With 10 races completed we went in for lunch at 13:00, two of our number having to leave for other commitments & with damage to Doug’s viper meaning he could not continue either. Four hardy skippers continued for a further 4 or 5 races until the rain beat us into retreat as well.
All in all, a good session particularly for the time of year and hopefully this will be a kick start to regular IOM club racing.
For day 2 of the Twixmas Regatta at Fleetwood it was the turn of the IOM fleet. The forecast was for 9 knots from the S or SSE, but unfortunately it was mostly 3 to 5 knots with some large shifts although predominantly straight across the lake. The course consisted of a long fetch/close reach from the clubhouse to the first mark and spreader and then four reaches and beats across the lake finishing in a close reach to the finish at the clubhouse end.
After a presentation of the MYA Chris Dicks Award to this years winner Dave Hollom and a short briefing, racing got underway promptly at 10:00. With a total of 23 boats finally registering on the morning, the fleet was split into two seeding heats to try and avoid congestion at the first mark with the wind direction. Mick Chamberlain (Sedici) and Rob Walsh (Britpop) won the two seeding races, with both of them establishing a useful lead at the first mark and then extending this as the race progressed. Race 2 was won by Rob, with Mick second and James Hadden (Alternative) third, a boat self built this year and on its first open event airing. Race 3 was taken by Derek Priestley (Dead Reckoning), with Dave Hollom (Dead Reckoning) second and John Sharman (Vision) in third. There was then a short break for mince pies and mulled wine (or tea/coffee), before a heat reschedule and racing re-started. Race 4 was again won by Derek, with Rob second and John Berry (Viper) third. In Race 5, it was another win for Mick, with Dave Darwell (Moster) second and James third.
After lunch, Rob must have been suitably refreshed as the afternoon belonged to him, with a win in Race 6, James in second and Dave Darwell third. He followed it up with another win in Race 7 and a second for John and third for James. With the light still being good, a final race 8 was run which provided two discards for the fleet. This was once again won by Rob with Shaun Priestley (In-Transition) second and Derek in third.
This ended a good but tricky days sailing with the podium ending up as Rob in first, with James having a consistent day placing second and Mick in third.
A separate prize was awarded to the person who was best placed over the two days of racing and this was won by John Sharman on 5 points, with Mick Chamberlain second on 9 points, Derek Priestley third with 10 points and Peter Baldwin fourth with 11 points.
Thanks must go to Bob Jolly and Judith Baldwin for running the racing and scoring over the two days of racing together with Maureen and Elaine in the galley keeping everyone fed and watered.
….and some piccies, again from (Flying) Tony Wilson
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Allowing for the absence of notable absentees including
Derek, eight of the fleet’s skippers were ‘blessed’ with an unseasonable howler
of a westerly, not to mention intermittent rain.
As we use an average system the final result does not reveal
three different skippers taking bullets with Mike Benson’s Britpop, not to
mention John Plant gaining some excellent top three finishes with yours truly’s
Shaun suffered electrical gremlins which when eventually
sorted saw him well up the fleet only to return and spoil his day.
It was good to see David back on the water if somewhat
inhibited by his lack of mobility specially on the fast downwind run which
proved more that interesting at the mark!
As you will see, Gordon enjoyed an excellent result with his
new boat as opposed to Eric who could not compete until he acquires B and C
So, after sixteen races over an excellent full lake course,
much deserved congrats to John Sharman who proves once again that the cream
rises to the top.
Many thanks to Bob Jolly for taking the RO duties.
The next IOM club session is Wednesday the 19th June at 630pm and the second event is Sunday the 30th June at 10am.