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South West District IOM Winter Series 3 @ Poole 15/1/17

South West District IOM Winter Series 3 @ Poole 15/1/17

30 sailors assembled at Poole despite the cold and drizzle. PRYC put on an excellent event, efficiently PROed by Peter Wiles and with a team that certainly knew their jobs. Racing started promptly at 10.00 on the big lake in a light North- Westerly breeze. By that time the drizzle had virtually stopped.

The breeze gradually built and clocked further into the North. As we were located at the leeward end of the Lake, the increasing breeze brought bigger waves. This combined with hard surrounds gave very confused seas in the area of the start and the leeward gate – lots of scope for getting it wrong!

An early-ish break for lunch coincided with a change of venue to the smaller lake. This seemed to suit many who had taken the prudent decision to change down to B Rig. The weather had massively improved, with several brighter periods and even some watery sunshine. The last races were pretty tiring, so it was good to retire to the welcoming Clubhouse where the lovely Catering Ladies were still serving tea and cakes.

Congratulations to Josh King for the win, the ever consistent Tony Edwards second, and a welcome visitor Vernon Appleton in 3rd. Special mention to Bob Iles of the host club for an excellent 4th place despite only recently taking up radio sailing!

(adapted from PRYC report by John Galyer, Emsworth Slipper club)

Thanks to Mike Millard a full set of photographs of this event can be found on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/swiftly/albums/72157675470846094

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