South Western District (IOM) Winter Series Race 1.
A fleet of 18 yachts turned up to a blustery Dartmoor today. It is only the forth time this year I have sailed my Rubix (IOM), and during the first part of the morning session it showed. The first race was like a throw back from the 6mtr Championship a few weeks ago. Richard Wills and myself collided. This time damage to Richard’s rig caused him to retire and I quickly followed due to this incident. As the morning continued I struggled with my IOM and the set up of the rig.
In the meantime, Tony Edwards and Gavin Watson we’re both setting the pace until Tony retired after race 3 from the regatta, this was due to ill health. Thankfully he was able to leave without his condition becoming more serious. As the clock turned towards the eleventh hour, racing was suspended for Remembrance and a 2 minute silence was imposed. On completion, a coffee break was called which provided me with the opportunity to reset my rig on my boat and a chance to gather myself. At the restart Peter Cropper, Nigel Clarke and Richard Aucott we’re beginning to collect some good scores. By this time Gavin Watson was out on his own and sailing most of the time unchallenged.
In the afternoon session the wind was dropping in speed and with the fleet in top rig, I began to score consistently and be well placed in the fleet. However, the other skippers were never far away and it was a real fight to keep ahead of the rest. After 16 races Gavin Watson was the clear winner by a huge 36 points from myself in second place and Richard Aucott in 3rd. On this day Gavin showed what a super talented skipper he really is, sailing his V10 he was simply untouchable. I was happy finishing 2nd after the start I had, but we should all look at the points difference and learn to improve our sailing, because the top skippers such as Gavin showed today are just in a different class.
Many thanks goes to Dartmoor Club and their Race Team.
With thanks to John Taylor