With the latest MYA Guidelines published suggesting a maximum of 13 boats per race, Birkenhead…
Ripon SC hosted round 3 of the MYA Northern District IOM Winter Series on
Saturday 5th January with 20 entrants all keen to have a good days racing.
The wind gods were kind to us by providing a breeze that saw all the yachts
start race one in top suit which was the order of the day for most until
after the lunch break when one or two moved down to their No2 rig only to be
disappointed as the breeze faded leaving them struggling to keep up in the
final races of the afternoon.
The RO Team of Norman Rowley and Kevin Vials managed to keep the fleet under
control to fit 11 races in over the day, around a windward leeward course
that had its fair share on wind shifts to keep the helms concentrating.
Life at the front of the fleet saw the usual suspects of, John Tushingham,
Derek Priestley, Neil Thornton and Simon Robinson managing to keep clear of
the chasing fleet in most races but there were a few others who showed that
taking a chance sometimes paid off to take them into the leading group
As usual the results don’t show just how close the racing was across the
fleet, what they do show is how consistent John Tushingham is and how well
he sailed all day to take a well deserved victory.
Thanks to all the entrants who took the time to join us for what we hope
will become a regular venue on the ND IOM Winter series.
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