An excellent turnout of 30 competitors lined up for the first event in the SW summer series for IOMs at Poole Park and racing was run under HMS in 2 heats by the Poole club race team under RO Peter Wiles. Faced with a shifty NE breeze a testing good length course was set in the main weed free lake parallel to the railway bank with a beat towards the clubhouse. Top suits were the only choice but the wind was difficult to pick with pressure filling occasionally from the starboard side but more regularly from the port side of the course. It was easy to go from hero to zero which made for challenging and close sailing throughout the day.
The seeding races were won by BritPOPs Josh and Greg King down from Oxford and both remained strongly in contention through the event each scoring 2 A heat wins during the day. In fact after 4 races and the first discard Greg was technically leading the event from Josh, both on the same points. A 40 minute lunch break was an opportunity to warm everybody up and take sustenance.
Suitable fortified Tony Edwards (BritPOP) managed to win the remaining 4 heats, adding to a win and a second before lunch to take the win overall. The results show that a number of skippers managed some good heat results but were unable to be consistent. Whilst the BritPOPs of the first 3, Tony Edwards, Josh King and Greg King were, in the end, dominant they were challenged by an encouraging mix of designs. James Edwards finished 4th overall sailing the original green Robot and counted a couple of seconds in his score, narrowly missing out on a win. BritPOPs of Chris Treagust, Emsworth, Laurie Draper and Ian Davis of Poole, were interspersed with the Slimtel Chine of John White, 6th, the Lintel of Pete Smith, Poole 9th and the Greyhound of Simon Clarke, Woodspring 10th who all had their moments.
Racing was conducted in good humour and at sufficient pace to keep competitors moving and warm. It was a very enjoyable event and apart from 2 protests quickly heard and resolved on shore, any disputes were resolved amicably on the water. The race team ran 8 races (16 heats) and the Poole club was congratulated for its organisation and hospitality.
Photos taken by Mike Millard can be found here