IOM Social racing #2 27/6/20

This second social racing day continued on the same lines as week one two weeks earlier.  Only 6 helms turned up to rig their boats outside the clubhouse ready for a 2pm start.  Marks were set out for a beat diagonally across the lake, with a last minute change to place the start line at the clubhouse rather than the far end as the wind seemed to be favouring more West of South than East.

Unfortunately, by the time racing started, the wind was almost straight over the houses, leading to a breeze that was both changeable in direction and gusty, but everyone started easily in a No1 rig.  Lawrence was struggling with his transmitter and so the first race started without him.  John set out his stall for the day and won that race although everyone was  within 20m of each other at the end of the race.  Lawrence was unable to fix his transmitter problem and so kindly offered to run the racing for everyone for the rest of the afternoon. A further four races were sailed before a short break for a drink and catch up outside and John won a further 2 of these races, with wins for Bill and Peter, just to mix things up.  By the break it was looking as if we may need to change down as some large gusts (accompanied by a few spots of rain) were causing a loss of control on the downwind legs, but after the break the wind had steadied again and so everyone remained in No 1 rigs.

A further four races were sailed after the break with Bill winning the first one and then John taking the remaining three.  Overall a reasonable afternoons sailing considering the wind direction, with close racing a lot of the time and very little rain, compared with the forecast.  John easily won the afternoon, with Peter second and Bill third.

  1. John Brierley                84      8pts
  2. Peter Baldwin               63      14pts
  3. Bill Culshaw                  21       20pts
  4. Graham Birkett          133      24pts
  5. Andrew Peter                66     26pts

9 races sailed.  Many thanks to Lawrence Drennan for running the afternoons racing.

The next Social racing is on Saturday 4th July starting at 2pm.  This event has reached the 6 sailor capacity, but additional dates for future weeks will be announced soon.