It was a game of two halves, guv. So, the weatherman said, and he was right, its was simply the best that it could be on the Saturday. Wind was in South East, backing to Southerly, for those not familiar with the orientation of the lake I’ll translate, from the far end corner backing to squarish across the lake. The wind speed was in the region of 7-8mph and reasonably consistent, for Bournville that is, the sun was out, the sky was blue, and it was a lovely September day. Sunday was something else, overcast thick cloud, wind was light and fitful and heavy rain. I did say it was different.
There was a relatively small fleet, a good cross section of experienced capable skippers. The only service not represented was the RAF. Normally this event is held at Gosport but for one time only it was held at Bournville. The JS organisers were very appreciative of the host club stepping into the breach and looking after them until it can return to its spiritual home next year. There were sufficient numbers for representative teams from all the services except the RAF.
Let’s have brief look at the racing, Bournville’s particular wind patterns had the visiting skippers guessing as do most of the locals. Race Officer Bill Green used the whole lake with an essentially a windward/leeward course. Bob Conners sailing a Britpop was either winning or in the top part of the fleet, Roy Stevens also had his moments as did Vinnie Zammitt and John White. Local guest skipper Josh Beardshaw was in the mix but was not consistent enough to be real danger. On Saturday we sailed 15 heats, Sunday was to be completely different, local skippers Robin Webb and Steve Hodgkinson managed a win apiece until the combination of lack of wind and heavy rain called a halt to proceedings at lunch time having only sailed 5 heats.
Bob Conners was the overall winner with the Emergency Services Team of Bob and John White taking the team honours. Roy Stevens was second, Vinnie Zammit third and John white fourth. As ever it was a relaxed event with no issues and being sailed in a competitive and fair fleet. A full set of results is here: Joint Services IOM Championship
Next year the event is back to Gosport and there is an open invite to all serving or retired service and Emergency service skippers to join in.
PRO Bill Green.