The seventh Winter IOM race saw 11 boats commence battle in todays racing. The wind was a fickle and gusty South-Westerly blowing over the houses, with frequent and large shifts anywhere from the West to the South throughout the day. The interest of the very shifty conditions was occasionally complicated with strong and localised gusts that might flatten boats sailing a few metres away from others completely unaffected.
The course was set with 2 close reaches/diagonal beats and 2 runs on each lap, making best use of the lake and 11 races were completed. The racing was challenging with many people in mid fleet gaining or losing multiple places from wind shifts, while the top skippers were starting and sailing consistently well. Graham Elliot dominated the day with 7 wins, followed by Bill Culshaw in 2nd, and John Brierley taking 3rd and a notable 4th from John Berry who also won a race.
Many thanks to Bernie and Jack for officiating, and Dave Williams for calling the start.
Here’s hoping the final winter series race on the 21 st , will have some warm sunshine and a decent wind blowing along the length of the lake, as that would make a nice change.
- Graham Elliott 27 12pts 7 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 33pts 1 win
- John Brierley 84 33pts
- John Berry 112 40pts 1 win
- Neil Westbrook 03 41pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 50pts 2 wins
- Lawrence Drennen 57 50pts
- Howard Garner 67 53pts
- Dave Burke 30 55pts
- Charles Legg 25 75pts
- Ken Jones 71 82pts
After 11 races