A competitor’s view
The skippers that made the journey to Manor Park SC for the Marblehead ranking enjoyed the racing in the gusting shifty conditions with a long course set. At times the choice between A & B rig was crucial and often found skippers either slightly underpowered or blasting down the long flat water running legs on a knifes edge.
There was keen interest with class newcomer Mike Cooke from the SW District racing his updated e-Martin Roberts owned Paradox with new fins and a spanking new paint job. Mike uickly settled in to the racing with his A swing rig and posted some great results throughout the day. Also doing well was Austin Guerrier with his new Ian Vickers design from New Zealand that impressed when B rigs came out of the bag. The front runners of Brad Gibson and both Tony and James Edwards took both days in their stride, with Tony Guerrier joining them at the front end on the Sunday. Others to mix it regularly at the sharp end where Stephen Haywood, John Smith, Phil Holliday and Rob Wilson but they often found consistency required for good end scores deserted them when needed most.
Whilst numbers were a little lower than expected due to a late venue change from Poole in the South West of the country, those skippers that did attend and brave the brisk conditions enjoyed the conditions and roundly thanked the dedicated Manor Park race team led by David Alston and RYA judge Steve Watson for not only a well run regatta but a fantastic meal organised on Saturday night for skippers at the Golden Cup in Yoxall.
A cold but satisfying weekend of radio sailing the way it should be in fast well designed thoroughbreds on clear waters where those not in attendance missed one of the good ones of 2016. Well done MPSC!
Results for Ranking 4 HERE
Results for Ranking 5 HERE
There is a further report by the PRO Dave Alston on the MYA forum and more information on this and the next ranking on the M website HERE.