For once the weather forecasters got it right!
The forecast of 20-40 knots from the SW to SE was bang on. Needless to say the race teams gazebo bore the brunt the night before and our PRO John White took the decision to move the course area to the sailing club side of the reservoir.
Racing got underway with a single fleet with two observers taken out. Gavin Watson made the best start with three race wins from the first three races closely pursued by James Edwards. By race 7 the breeze had moderated slightly and Peter Cropper decided to take the correct decision of changing up during a brief interlude to comfortably win, this led to 80% of skippers to follow suite. By race 9 the wind shifted 150 degrees, Simon Clarke read the conditions well to take the race win. With a short lunch break and the course repositioned for the new wind direction the rain lightened making the afternoon comfortable! Tony Edwards proved exactly why he is the current IOM national champion with a very consistent afternoon’s scoreline finishing every race on the podium and taking the Overall win, Gavin Watson finished 6 points back with James Edwards finalising the podium.
Full results: bideford2
A big thanks to the race team at Bideford for carrying on despite the conditions!
With the top six all winning races and decent race results further down the leaderboard, it is good to see the standard throughout the fleet making steady improvements. With the IOM nationals at Lincoln at the end of August we will have a brief interlude from the summer series and reconvene at Woodspring on the 25th October for the final round and AGM, see you there.