Nine skippers and boats arrived at Clayton Hill Park for the 2019 running of the Lifeboat Pennant and round 4 of the Eastern District IOM Championship Series. The wind was more or less down the length of the lake from the far end but with a bit of near bank bias which meant that a really true start line was difficult to set.
Nevertheless the fleet soon found their own ways to deal with this with some starting on starboard tack and others on port. Whilst this sounds like a recipe for disaster there were very few incidents and all were quickly settled on the water. The wind strength and direction were both highly variable so a deal of skill and some luck was needed to get a good result. You could be sure that you would have to tack several times on the leg to the windward mark – just where and when was where the skill came in.
Weed has fortunately not grown to a great extent on the areas that we sail but the local birds still fetch it up to catch us now and again so there were few catches today.
After 6 race we stopped for lunch at which point Mark had established a commanding lead with 11 points with John, Nick and Barry all on 19 points and the rest strung out fairly evenly behind. Mark never lost his overall lead and won more races than anyone else. During the afternoon Dave got into his stride to produce a string of 3rds, 2nds and wins to move up the honours list while other fell away.
So the eventual top spots were taken by
1st Mark Dennis 29 points
2nd Barry Raven 38 points
3rd Dave Allinson 39 points.
The full results can be found below.
An anonymous donor provided bottles of wine for the top three, the photo shows Mark receiving his well-deserved first place bottle from Henry.
As the results show the event tended to be a BritPop benefit with them taking the top 4 places while Jim La Roche’s was doing well until his transmitter started giving him weird messages after race 3 and refused to work properly meaning Jim had to withdraw. Dave Allison suffered a boat battery failure in race 4 so was able to sail again in the next race once the battery had been replaced. Similarly John Richmond had an electrical problem in the boat for race 3 but after a some fiddling and a battery change was OK thereafter. Norman Clarke was not so lucky as his attempt to over come a problem after race 4 failed so he too had to withdraw after race 5.
As usual no entry fee was charged but during the lunch break a collection on behalf of the RNLI was made which gathered £71 which I will arrange to be sent to them.