Northern District IOM Championships at Wheecher reservoir
Wheecher Reservoir tested the ND IOM competitors to the full, with all 3 rigs needing to be used. We had wind (quite a lot), rain and sun, sometimes at the same time. We also had an excellent meal – thank you Liz Tushingham.
Race officer Dave Hollom, ably assisted by a host of club stalwarts (as well as Judith Baldwin), set a series of excellent but challenging courses, with long legs.
Racing started with everyone in Rig 3, and right from the first race and throughout the remains of the day, Paul Allen and John Tushingham were locked in a battle at the front of the fleet, with Paul getting the upper hand by the end of the day. Well done Paul. David Potter was the first to see that a change to rig 2 part way through early part of the day was the right thing, so good a choice that most of the fleet followed suit a couple of races later. The rain during this time that seemed to head straight for one’s eyes making mark rounding tricky.
After an excellent lunch, which also gave competitors a chance to dry out, most competitors chose to go to Rig 1, being right at the top of rig 1 conditions. Most competitors cartwheeled at some time or another, but it was the right choice of rig. Those to also figure near the front included the ever-consistent Tim Long, (who had had a 4 hour journey to make the event), Neil Thornton and David Potter. A fun if tiring event, well done to John T for organising the event.