With 27 Skippers entered and the biggest turnout for a SW District IOM event for many years i’m pleased to report the weather god’s were kind with a cracking breeze and all competitors using no2 rigs. With many skippers participating in a District event for the first time and a HMS multi fleet event, particular attention was taken at the briefing. Racing got underway on time, our PRO Peter Wiles set a course the maximum length he could bearing in mind the SSE wind direction. Racing was tight and the upwind legs were tricky, there were at times big gains on the left hand side of the course but sometimes with a lack of pressure making the decision of when to tack on to starboard the key to a top race result.
After race three newcomer to Radio Sailing David Thomas held a slender lead after sailing a consistent first three races, although he struggled a little more in the afternoon, David was the only skipper not to be demoted to B fleet throughout the day, a great achievement for a first ever event!
By lunch the usual suspects of Edwards senior and junior, Clarke and Watson had found there way back to the top of the leaderboard after a indifferent morning with each spending a race in B fleet. After lunch another newcomer Pete Smith sailing his Lintel found the go button and made a charge with a 1,2,1 scoreline. Pete was also leading the final race, only to make a blunder of missing the windward spreader mark the second time around. The Poole radio yacht club forum is rife with rumours Pete is off to Super Savers at some point this week so watch out. I will also add that your correspondent made the same mistake following Pete, no comment….!
In the end Watson took the overall win by the smallest of Margins from Tony Edwards who in turn narrowly beat the ever consistent Simon Clarke on count back with James Edwards in fourth chasing hard.
In all a great days racing, great to see new skippers and also those who travelled from outside of the District to join us, John Cleave, Greg King and Dick Jobbins.
A big thank you to Peter Wiles the Poole race team and all volunteers at Poole Radio Yacht Club for running an excellent event with as ever the warmest hospitality.
Mike Millard kindly took plenty of images of the day these can be found here