Sutton Bingham Reservoir south of Yeovil was the venue for the fourth round of the SW District IOM summer series on 16th July. The 14 skippers enjoyed an ‘A’ rig day of weed free sailing in a generally light westerly breeze with plenty of shifts and changes of pressure to test the skills. A course comprising a triangle and sausage plus a short beat to the finish was set adjusted when necessary during the day as the breeze, forecast to veer to the north, instead backed to the south. Racing got underway as a single fleet using non-competing observers from Yeovil and welcome volunteers from Poole.
During the morning Bob Conner was in convincing form winning 5 of the first 6 races sailing his BritPOP. At this stage others struggled to string together consistent results with Pete Smith (Slimtel) just ahead of a group including Peter Wiles (Tosca) late arrival Mike Cooke (Rocket Mark?)Nigel Clarke (Carving) David Munro (Psycho) and Richard Aucott (BritPOP) all within a couple of points of each other. First failure of the day was John White who broke a shroud on his latest Lintel MMX.
Later in the morning the wind began to test ROs Tony Edwards and Robbie Nevitt and what looked a good course at the start of a race could be rubbish by the finish. It was Peter Wiles and Mike Cooke who best latched on to the changing conditions while Bob Conner’s early race strategy started to unravel. After lunch the wind died off at times and for the last few races at last filled in from the original forecast WNW. A series of good results during the second half of the day brought Mike Cooke and the consistent Peter Wiles well into contention. There was brief excitement when a hasty beaching just prevented John White’s boat from a Viking funeral when his rudder servo had a meltdown.
After 16 races the final positions were very close at the top with only one point separating Peter Wiles and Bob Conner with Mike Cooke only 4 points further adrift after giving the fleet a first race start. See results list below.
YEOVIL IOM SWDCS4 16 JULY 2017