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4 competitors arrived for the 3rd Southcoast C’ships Fergal (TS2) and Des (Disco) From Howth YC travelled from Dublin and were joined by John (Cockatoo) and Andrew (Isis) from the home club. The paucity of numbers was due to a combination of factors- on another day were could have had 10 boats. However the lack of numbers was more than compensated by competitive racing, 9 races, a bright sunny day with 5-15 knots of wind and ‘A’ rigs all day. John started well winning the first few races with Fergal not far behind. Andrew after a slow start however came through well to win the series with the final tally for 9 races (including iscard) of 16 points, John in 2nd  with 18 points, Fergal 3rd with 21 and Des 4th with 29.

The race area was upriver and sailed either side of slack water. The incoming tide at 1-2 knots coming from left to right coupled with the competitors area on a small marina downwind with the topmark close to a mudbank on the far bank 100 yrds away made for some interesting boat handling. Thankfully the river wasn’t too busy and the crashboat hardly used. All agreed that this was an area which the fleet could readily sail from it being the 2nd time we had used it.

After the racing the boats decamped and showed off in front of  the RCYC clubhouse. Other sailors were generously offered the use (under supervision) of the IOMs and hopefully we might increase the fleet. It can be tough going!!

Andrew Crosbie

Race report - South coast championships 2008

2008 IOM Southcoast Championships