A very challenging SE wind, 5 knots gusting to 9 knots, greeted the 14 skippers, Dave Williams once again put the waders on to set the marks and racing started at 1pm prompt.
Quick out of the starting blocks was Rob Walsh, with a very impressive 3 wins out of the first 6 before the interval, leaving the chasing pack of Martin Roberts, Graham Elliott and Chris Harris with much work to do in the second half.
There were good results for a few skippers after the tea break, noticeably in races 10 and 12 where Alan Watkinson scored an impressive 3rd and 4th, race 11 Chris Chatfield impressed with a 5th, Andrew Peter sailed well to score a 3rd in race 11 and Dave Williams gained a 5th in race 12.
After 12 races sailed it was the current IOM Champion Rob Walsh who took the win. The racing proved to be extremely challenging and entertaining at times, just what you would expect when 2 IOM World Champions lock horns, with another World Champion, Brad Gibson, keeping his eye on the both of them from the bank with the upcoming Nationals in mind.
Thanks again to our resident starters, finishers and tea makers, Bernie and Jack.
Fantastic sailing conditions welcomed the 7 skippers to West Kirby, sunny and the wind blowing out of the North West, simply lovely.
All skippers opted for the ‘B’ rigs to start with, a long first beat to the windward mark then over to a spreader mark before a long run down to the gate, twice round and finish.
John Tushingham sailing a new design from the pencil of Alex Corey was the early pace setter winning 6 out of the 9 before lunch.
A few skippers opted for there ‘A’ rigs after lunch as the wind dropped slightly. Graham Elliott had better luck after lunch winning 5 out of 7. Colin Walton and Bill Culshaw (14,000steps) both had some decent races with Bill getting the win in race 8 and kept the pressure on John and Graham all the way.
Mike Parkington and Neil Westbrook also showed promise after both suffering some niggly problems. Unfortunately Dave Potter had to go for an early bath after suffering from a battery eating TX.
Big thanks must go to John Brierley and Dave Williams for the course trimming, scoring, starting, getting the marks to and from the lake, launching and landing the rib, it does not go un-noticed or un-appreciated.