Saturday 30th November IOM Winter Championship
Thanks to Graeme Harris for this excellent race report:
Despite it being a grim, foreboding, cloudy day with threat of rain and gusting winds we had a good turnout of 7 boats with Neil joining later.
Races started at 10.30, with a windward/leeward course set by Graeme H, with resident R.O. John Kiff in control
The first 4 races rattled off quickly, with Graeme Harris and Peter Cropper sharing the lead on early races, with the rest of the fleet coming in pretty close behind, which was a good sign of the great racing to come. After coffee break things changed around a bit, with Peter Cropper and Steve Watts consistently in the top 3 where they stayed for the rest of the day, with everyone else pressing, some races were almost too close at the finish as the fleet finished within 10 seconds first to last.
The gusty winds were quite fickle, boats missing a gust were blasted past by 2 or 3 others so the downwind legs were about positioning on the pond and handling the puffs. The leeward mark rounding was tricky, as waves were building on that side of the lake, which tended to stop the boats, and those that coped best with that picked up places. The gusts caused a few boats to go off on a tangent with rudders awavin’, and missing the mark entirely, all entertaining stuff. Even so, there was only one general recall, which considering the gusty conditions is pretty good.
Good to see Jerry Lock with a new boat, showing pace, clearly some tweeks will be done and some more speed will come, and good to see Ralph and Neil back up at the pond, so a good days racing, and a good fleet considering the weather.
Well done to Peter Cropper for consistent sailing, I hope we keep him on his toes next time!