IOM Ranking #4 2022 Short Report and Results (4/9/22)

After the long day on Saturday (causing both human and boat difficulties) and the prospect of another hard days sail on Sunday (according to the forecasts), only 21 boats started the day out of the 28 originally entered.

After a delay of nearly 2 hours whilst the wind decided whether it wanted to blow and from which direction racing finally began.  We had arrived to a SE breeze bordering on 3rd suit, which suddenly moderated to a top suit, then switched within 10 minutes to a NW of a similar strength with rain.  This breeze lasted for around 25 minutes before dying and finally starting to fill from the SE again.  After a single heat, there was another shift and come from the S, requiring another course change.  The wind could not really decide which direction to come from and also had a slightly different direction at the top of the course from the bottom.  So a zig-zag two beat figure of 8 course was used with minor changes to windward and leeward marks to try and give decent beats for each heat.

Peter Stollery mastered the conditions and was Mr Consistency, discarding only a 3rd and finishing on 7 points and 11 points ahead of Rob Walsh in second, followed by Graham Elliott in third.  Only 6 races were completed after losing time at the start of the day.

Photos from Jon Cooper (a local freelance photographer) on Saturday and Sunday are here in the Gallery.  If you would like to have a print of any photo taken by Jon, then head to his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066514788823