Cloudy skies and a near dead calm greeted the eleven skippers and race committee when they arrived at the Dovercourt seafront for the Fourth round of the Eastern District IOM Series. Jon Alexander the OOD spent some time trying to gauge the true wind direction but he was able to get the fleet off to a prompt start. The first race became a procession as the wind decided to swing, resulting in a windward leeward course becoming a reach. This prompted the first of many Course changes to be made thoughout the day in an effort to achieve a true beat at the starts, with the fleet having to race across the pond rather than along it.
Whilst the fleet was small it contained the three leading contenders in the Series. The early races saw Malcolm Harris (2nd overall) use two of his three discards for the day whilst Colin Goodman (1st overall) recorded 4 wins in the first 6 races, indeed it was not until the 14th race that Colin dropped out of the top two! As the day progressed only David Hope of the host club was able to break the dominance of Colin and Malcolm in race 14 as they continued to fill the top two positions.
Racing throughout the fleet was very competitive with all contacts and observer calls being resolved without the need for the Club’s Rules Arbiter to “intervene.” Vernon Appleton sailed consistently to hold on to third place, whilst Terry Burton had a much better second half to his day.
The afternoon session saw the competitors avoiding torrential rain one minute and feeling extremely warm the next, all of which seemed to be taken in good part!
Colin, a clear winner, thanked Jon and his race team for running a successful event in trying conditions, when he was awarded the Corden cup at the end of an eventful day.
|1||Colin Goodman||33||CFMYC||Goth Evo3||22.0|
|3||Vernon Appleton||36||CFMYC||Goth 7||71.0|
|7||Chris Esdale-Pearson||74||HDMBC||Goth Evo3||109.0|
|11||Barry Jarvis||72||CMYC||Arrival 2||146.0|
A copy of the full results can be found on the Results Page
Report and Results Courtesy of Mike Collins and Mervyn Smith respectively.