Jeff dominated this first day, winning all 6 races leaving the rest to battle of
the other places. It was a blustery wind typical to B rig. Fergal and Des tried to
keep the top rig on but changed down to B for race 3 but still could not get at Jeff.
With his usual turbo charge speed downwind he was hard to catch. Jaimie also fought
hard and got some great results too. It was a good day and fun was had by all.
Excellent racing between the marina and the old slip, Light SW wind with plenty of
shifts kept the racing very close indeed. Congratulations to Jaimie on winning his
first race. Ger arrived down with his new boat, and took advantage of the racing
to tune-up. We were joined by a new sailor Kevin Scott who arrived with an IOM number
1. A second new sailor will also join us in a number of weeks with a brand new Vapour.
With a forecast for gale force wind the morning was rather pleasant and we got underway
with the top rig during the warm-up but quickly had to change down to B rig to start
the racing. Gilbert and Fergal kept and fighting for the lead the whole first race
and it was eventually Fergal who got it at the end, winning by less than a boat length.
He also asserted his intention in race 2 winning comfortably from the rest of the
fleet. Despite some electrical problems Des managed to fix them and joined us for
race 2 to finish 2nd and won 2 others. Jaimie’s boat was alive once again as he now
sails with his new set of Blackmagick sails which made a huge difference to his boat
speed. And although he didn’t win races he was certainly in the fight during all
the races and got 2 second places in the process. It’s great to see people progressing.
Deryck joined us with his “hot off the box” Vapour - Yes a second Vapour in the fleet
- and that day was not really about racing but rather trying it out with us as he
faced all the typical teething issues everyone face with a brand new boat. But I’m
sure he’ll be one to watch as his vapour looked quick at times. Talking about new
boat, Gilbert is still finding out how to sail his new Vapour and was struggling
for speed with the B rig. The problem(s) were not the boat but rather the skipper
and how he tuned his boat. Time and experience is going to be key here as Jeff is
clearly the favorite this year with his new Disco. He did make it but didn’t race
due to back problem but helped other skippers and shared his experience. The fight
is on at the top between Fergal and Des and the narrow margin between them means
any of them can win it this year and Jaimie is eating away at their lead when possible,
asserting his 3rd place at least.
What started as a nice day for sailing finished cold with gale force wind but we
got our racing done and all 8 races were completed. And most amazing of all is that
no skipper changed down from the top rig which was perfectly suited to the light
morning breeze. But as the day went and the races it was clearly to much for our
boats to cope. This resulted in some interesting figures on the water. And I saw
my boat actually "capsizing" well at least the bulb coming out of the water after
a rather sudden nose dive followed up by broaching sideways after an uncontrolled
jibe. As someone nicely put "I'd hate to be a crew on any of these boats !!!"
Despite a late charge from Gilbert with his new boat (Vapour from New Zealand) who
won 5 of the 8 races the battle continues at the top between Fergal Noonan and Des
Dwyer who are still within 5 points of each other. While Jaimie Blandford has comfortably
assured himself the 3rd Place. So the final day promises some more good racing.
Jeff Kay and Deryck Payne had technical problem which unabled them from finishing
most races but both have promised to be back on that starting line next Sunday.
It's all still to play for the top positions and it will be done to the last day.
Day 5 and final
Between illness, family commitment, and breakages we only have 3 skippers on the
starting line. So we decided to make some changes in the course to make it interesting.
And instead of our windward/leeward course we had a custom made one, combining marks
and harbour poles. We got the 7 races done but with only Jaimie and Fergal to race
the last 2 as Gilbert’s winch decided it had enough. Fergal is taking that series
breaking a 2 year victory rollon for Gilbert. Des finishes 2nd and Jaimie 3rd. On
this series again it’s a TS2 affair. A good deserved break over Xmas where I’m sure
quite few of us will be working on our boat to prepare it for the 2007 Spring series...