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Eric Austwick IOM Open Meeting Report

4 visiting boats travelled to join 5 home boats to Askern Lake to take part for the Eric Austwick Cup for IOMs.  As is the norm for Balne Moor MBC you are guaranteed a warm welcome, and this time was no exception, and there is also a very fine lakeside café – team Killingworth recommend the bacon butty..

The later registration time of 09-30 for a 10-30 start was greatly appreciated by the travelling skippers.

Race officer Jo Sharp and the rest of the team did a fine job in keeping things moving along at a pace.  They even arranged for sun.  The wind was typically 5 – 7 mph, but with many shifts and even more testing were the occasional flat patches – mostly just by the finishing line where one could lose a few places easily, ask almost anyone in the fleet.

The races were a good length with 3 triangular laps, and 12 races were completed by close of sailing.  What more could you want.

Race 1 saw the top 3 places occupied by home-built boats, two of them wooden (well done Kliff).

By the end of most races it was either Shaun Holbeche or Simon Robinson in the lead, but they did not have it all their own way, for example Brain Anderson won race 8 by almost a leg.  Dave Darrell in his Widget was regularly giving the newer boats a tough time as was Dave Alston when he got his starts right.

In the end it was Simon who won in his wooden V8 narrowly from Shaun in an Alternative with Dave Alston just beating Brain to 3rd place.

Pleasingly Eric Austwick was on hand to present the titular trophy.

Thanks again to Jo and all her team.  We had a great time

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