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Good Turnout, Good Racing & Good result

Hampton Court today hosted round 1 of the M&S District IOM Championships. The event was very well organised by Laurie Bower and run by PRO Colin Trower. 26 skippers from 12 different clubs competed in the first of districts 4 rounds. The wind was a north easterly coming straight down the lake a little shifty but was variable form top of No 1 Rig to top of No 2 rig giving skippers food for thought on what to sail with.
8 Round were completed with 2 fleets so 16 heats were completed.
Colin Goodman won with 6 points discarding a 1st and a 2nd position to win the day, Ken Binks was 2nd on 18 points and Trevor Binks was 3rd on 20 points.
Home ground skipper Dave Andrews was 4th only a point behind Trevor Binks such was the close nature of todays racing
Thank You Hampton Court for a very well run and enjoyable event
full results and photos will be posted on the Hampton Court Website

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Former 2x Fireball World Champion Lights up Guy Fawkes

2 x Fireball world champion Colin Goodman lights up Guy Fawkes at Eastbourne last Sunday. Sailing a borrowed Fraktal he sailed consistantly to win Eastbourne Guy Fawkes IOM event. 2nd was former IOM world champion Trevor Binks and 3rd keeping up family tradition was Ken Binks.
Thank you Eastbourne for a well run event
Full Results Below

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Fog Fog Fog for Mermaid Trophy

Fog Fog was what the skippers could only see when looking out over the reservoir. PRO Roger Stollery decided to reduce the North course and move buoys and relay course to the car park and reduce in length due to visibility. Hugh McAdoo and Martin Crysell together with Janet Veal made up the Guildford race team. 2 seeding heats were organised and eventually sailed after a delay of an hour to wait for wind and fog to clear.
Both conditions did not improve during the day and one fleet was organised to ease waiting time and eventually 6 races were completed.
it was decided to stop following a skippers meeting due to fog density increasing and the windward mark of the startline was disapearing In the fog.
22 skippers sailed a total of 6 races and the top places were
1st Peter Stollery
2nd Graham Bantock
3rd Rob Vice
4th John Smith
5th Terry Rensch
6th Roy Stevens
best improver was Phil Holiday

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Trevor Binks is New IOM district Champion

Today 19 skippers raced at DWRSC in R4 of the IOM district Championship. Darin Ballington won the day on consistent scores, Trevor was 2nd and Ken Binks 3rd. When the district calculation was made Trevor won the championship by 1 point from Ken.
The wind was moving and the race officer Tony Guerrier decided to alter the course on the north side the wind had rotated so much that we moved across onto the south side this proved the right decision and racing commenced. 19 skippers in one fleet sailing to a port rounding windward mark with spreader buoy to help keep the fleet apart, down to a lea ward gate and the same course was sailed twice finishing on the startling.
Although time was lost this morning due to wind rotation 14 races were completed by 4.30pm. The fleet retired to the cafe for presentation. Ken Binks accepted the championship trophy and bottle of wine on behalf of Trevor who had already left, the presentation of today’s race were presented by Terry Rensch to 1st place Darin Ballington thanked the race team and Datchet for hosting event, 2nd place Trevor Binks (Ken again accepted on behalf of Trevor) and 3rd place Ken Binks.
Full results

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