Twelve boats arrived for the 6th IOM Winter Race with the chosen rig being B today. The wind at times was very strong at times but the competitors still enjoyed twelve races.
Wins were shared among the fleet, but Martin Roberts’ three wins in only five completed races was outstanding and Bill Culshaws late charge, after winning the opening race, of two more wins at the end moved him into third place.
At the pointy end of the fleet it was the “two heavy weights” of Graham Elliott and Brad Gibson, who fought for the overall win with Graham securing the top spot.
The biggest smile today came from Alan Watkinson who gained a well fought win in race 7 and a 2nd in race 8.
The conditions did take its toll with Damian Ackroyd breaking his B rig jib boom and sailing in C rig for the rest of the day and Dave Burke suffering breakage that forced an early retirement.
Big thanks goes to our race team of Bernie and Jack, assisted today by the eagle eye of Dave Williams not letting any sailors jump the start line.
- Graham Elliott 27 23pts 2 wins
- Brad Gibson 2 25pts 2 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 32pts 3 wins
- John Brierley 84 37pts 1 win
- Alan Watkinson 23 45pts 1 win
- Lawrence Drennan 57 70pts
- Dave Burke 30 72pts
- Andrew Peter 66 73pts
- Damian Ackroyd 101 75pts
- Martin Roberts 55 78pts 3wins
- Chris Chatfield 7 85pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 127pts
After 12 races