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South West District IOM Summer Series 5 @ Bideford – 10/09/17

8 skippers arrived at Tamar Lakes to find a good No.2 rig breeze with the forecast rain still holding off.

Racing got under way on a windward leeward course of two laps. Unfortunately Richard Wills soon found trouble with his boats pot lid coming off, resulting in him missing a few races, until Bob Conner lent Richard his spare radio set up.

There was plenty of opportunity to gain ( or lose ) as there were plenty of shifts making life interesting. This resulted in there being several different winners during the morning races. Just before lunch Pete Smith managed to break a shroud and his temporary repair certainly de-tuned his boat.

The forecast wind arrived with a vengeance, along with the rain, and boat control in the gusts became more difficult. We eventually lost three skippers with boat problems, and at race number 14, with the wind rising all the time, the remaining 5 skippers agreed to sail the last two races and then call it quits, so that the 3rd. discard would apply.

Results
1. Barry Chisam 28pts
2. Richard Aucott 33pts
3. Pete Smith 35pts
4. Bob Conner 37pts
5. Peter Cropper 62pts
6. Richard Wills 71pts
7. Keith Edgar 85pts
8. Dave Morris 86pts

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