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IOM Eastern District Champion Skipper Series event 2 at Huntingdon Radio Yacht Club

by Andy Start 3 Jun 00:09 PDT 1 June 2024

A brisk northerly breeze greeted the 19 skippers from around the region, who had entered the days event, with a good contingent from Coalhouse Fort, a couple from Chelmsford and a lonely Geoff Josey from Broads RYC and our own club with a record ten entries, thank you to all for your company on the day.

After grabbing an early coffee and cake from the galley, PRO Andy Baldock gathered the skippers for the briefing around 9.40, a two heat system using HMS was deployed, as our usual sailing area of the spit was still rather soggy, our mother club Hunts SC kindly allowed us to use the east bank, but there was limited viewing of the start line for 19 bodies, hence splitting the fleet, most of you know my personal views on two fleets, the hot shots can battle it out in A fleet, while everyone else can have a great days racing with skippers of similar ability in B fleet, and the added bonus of having a break between races, unless you are boat #46 Phil Davenport who wanted to get his money's worth and seemed to race all 24 races!

After the two seeding races the fleet was split and racing proper began in earnest.

Being a northerly wind (our least favoured) it was a tad on the testing side for all skippers, from the start line there was a decent beat up to the windward mark, a reach down wind to a second mark and finally a rounding of the downwind mark, all port roundings, the racing was completed around this course of two triangles for the whole for the whole of the event.

It was an extremely testing day for all skippers with the wind direction and the very gusty, chargeable, flukey conditions, most frustratingly there also seemed to be some big holes in the wind, which changed their position every race, so consistency of conditions was not the order of the day, however this made for some interesting results, with a number of the top skippers finding themselves in B fleet.

Racing continued until midday-ish until a call for lunch break, after lunch the racing continued in much the same fashion as the morning, however, our junior member boat #88 Hayden Wallace must had had an injection of chocolate, and spent most of the afternoon in A fleet, outsailing his dad in some races.

The battle at the top of the score sheet was an ever changing picture with the top three of Dave Green, David Hope & Buzz Coleman all very close, and the final battle for 1st place went down to the wire in the final race with local Dave Green victorious.

Congratulations to all our prize winners and on behalf of the club a massive thank you to all who travelled to compete, whilst there is a serious side to the racing, its always a good day of banter within the district, for anyone reading this and not daring to put their toe in the water and enter an open DO IT, I promise a great day of racing and racing/tuning tips from the day.

Finally a big thank you to the crew at HRYC who gave up their time to ensure the day ran smoothly, and of course the gratefully received cakes from Steve Brown & Andy Harrold.

Our next event will be 5th October DF95 EDCS 3, we look forward to welcoming you on the day

Overall Results:

"Trier of the Day" prize - Andy Seymour - CHFRYC

PosHullSail NoHelmClub/CityR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1BritPOP!77Dave GreenHuntingdon RYC44183511819331
2Alioth11David HopeChelmsford RYC1223913211551033
3Vision12Buzz ColemanCoalhouse Fort RYC5148183412521138
4Mirage yachts Rockstar71Ben WallaceHuntingdon RYC217412106986441
5H2022Ben HarkerHuntingdon RYC1113474725167245
6BritPOP!61Stephen BrownHuntingdon RYC3666211610348650
7Spock175John GillChelmsford RYC13397971121113961
8BritPOP!53Michael GoldingCoalhouse Fort RYC27551189710202762
9BritPOP!110Martin BrookingHuntingdon RYC68925105847101564
10Robot88Hayden WallaceHuntingdon RYC7161510661131294876
11BritPOP!23Dennis GrahamCoalhouse Fort RYC1015181317412167331194
12GSB MK III48Andrew JohnsonHuntingdon RYC4111320131384613131498
13Kantun S79Geoff JoseyBroads RYC851011121514151413115103
14BritPOP!46Phil DavenportHuntingdon RYC6121413101216913151416118
15MX1874Bob YoungCoalhouse Fort RYC91717141514151316101512133
16V885Andy SeymourCoalhouse Fort RYC71916151816131415142013141
17BritPOP!66Terry WrightCoalhouse Fort RYC31012161620202020202020157
18Sedici29Noel DonaldsonHuntingdon RYC8911201420202020202020162
19Mirage yachts Rockstar73Andrew WallaceHuntingdon RYC51819202020202020202020182

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