Another great boat and image by Mike Millard - click for larger version

Another great boat and equal fine image by Mike Millard – click for larger version

An excellent turnout of 30 competitors lined up for the first event in the SW summer series for IOMs at Poole Park and racing was run under HMS in 2 heats by the Poole club race team under RO Peter Wiles.  Faced with a shifty NE breeze a testing good length course was set in the main weed free lake parallel to the railway bank with a beat towards the clubhouse.  Top suits were the only choice but the wind was difficult to pick with pressure filling occasionally from the starboard side but more regularly from the port side of the course.  It was easy to go from hero to zero which made for challenging and close sailing throughout the day.

The seeding races were won by BritPOPs Josh and Greg King down from Oxford and both remained strongly in contention through the event each scoring 2 A heat wins during the day.  In fact after 4 races and the first discard Greg was technically leading the event from Josh, both on the same points.  A 40 minute lunch break was an opportunity to warm everybody up and take sustenance.

Lots of excellent pictures from Mike Millard HERE

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