S4 IOM 19

We started to assemble at the lake from 10am and with 5 regular die hard skippers sunshine and warm winds made a pleasant change. Bob Chandler made a welcome addition to sailing and has decided to sell one of his IOM (contact Paul for details).We missed a few on duty elsewhere (code for holiday) and a few through injury and hospital appointments. Peter and Barbara, just back from holiday made the most of the nice weather and Barbara deserves a medal for attending even with an eye patch following yesterdays eye operation. Peter, without a boat, acted as line judge and race observer and did a sterling job – thank you.

With a wind predominantly from the E, as forecast, but fluctuating from NW to S gave a few course headaches. The strength went from 9-10 knots to zero in just a short leg. Some great starts and tactical sailing produced a wide range of winners and drifting surface weed certainly played it’s part today. JT and Roger were the class acts today and Garry showed great speed, especially downwind. Gordon has now found some great boat speed but struggled disproportionately with the variable winds and fell into many holes. Roger had repeated troubles rounding the distant windward mark and was often found parked up. The course was changed to add in a more distant spreading mark in the second half and provided a good long downwind leg.

In all a friendly fun days sailing with some close racing and many changes of leads.

We closed out racing at about 3.45pm in preparation for the club’s committee meeting.