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RACE RESULTS 2023-2024

Club I.O.M. Scratch Race Trophy #1, on 4 November 2023

The weather was cool with a top of only 18oand despite high wind warnings with a possible storm, we had light winds moving from E to SE at a fluctuating 2 - 8 knots, with occasional gusts of 10. The day started with a light rain shower then during racing a short misty shower, at one point. Forecasted high winds approaching 20 knots did not eventuate but all of our racing was well within A rig wind range. 

Only four boats turned up, likely due to the dubious forecast. We are restricted in course laying to leaving 1/3 of the river clear for all the fishing and leisure boats that pass and the start line needs to be where the scorers can see down the line, so we had to lay the triangle course almost across wind, so Port starts were the best option. We had mainly light to moderate breezes, with some big shifts during races of up to 40 degrees. With 10 races of three laps our 1 minute starts allowed us to power through, and apart from Colin getting weed jamming his rudder, sending him sailing off North in Race #5 and needing to be rescued from the far bank by our trusty safety boat and crew, everyone sailed all races for some tight races and finishes.

Colin was powering along until his DNF and had 6 bullets overall, but Ken was consistent throughout the day finishing off with two bullets. With the small fleet, Paul acquitted himself well with his new/used boat, even winning one race and a couple of seconds. After 10 races we had 2 drops, with Colin only squeaking past Ken's consistency by one point, so far. another set of races yet to come, for this trophy.

Despite the not-so-great weather, the racing was fun, with lots of place changes. This is the first of two races for the Club IOM Scratch Trophy, so it will be interesting how the next race goes on 17 February, to determine the winners. Next, we start our Racing Handicap Series on 18 November, so be there.

Race #1 RESULTS
NAMESAIL #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10TOTALPLACE
COLIN721111DNF14134131
DAVID623332133442203
KEN1042223222311142
PAUL414444341223234

RESULTS - RACE #1, 18 November, 2023

Well, the first handicap series scratch races started on the 18th of November 2023 and was held with only five boats sailing. The poor weather forecast possibly discouraged a few.

The forecast was moderate winds, 18 degrees and overcast with possible showers, but we got the 18 degrees and the winds ranged from 8 to 12 gusting up to 14, especially in the late afternoon, but no showers.

David and Ken started off well but it was Richard who really showed his improved abilities over the afternoon his first win which was impressive, congrats Richard for a well-earned win. Richard's old boat model, the same as Ken's, both seem to revel in the higher winds and were very competitive. It only shows old-style hulls, in good hands and suitable weather, can be just as competitive as new hulls. Our new member Paul wasn't was not so lucky but was still up with the pack and everybody sailed every race.

As you can see from the results below, our first race of the series had some very interesting results. There were plenty of position changes especially if you missed a mark and penalties could take you from first to last place.

Everybody agreed that they had a wonderful day sailing, even if a bit cooler than expected and we packed up after a quick race of seven races but it had by that time got quite cold officially with wind chill factor and we were all ready to go home so see you next time on the  2nd of December for Race #2.

NAMESAIL #RACE 1RACE 2RACE 3RACE 4RACE 5RACE 6RACE 7TOTALPLACE
KEN1042312233132
DAVID871434341163
RICHARD105312111581
COLIN724243422174
PAUL415555554295

So Richard winning gains a 10 second start penalty, Ken 2nd and David 3rd.


RESULTS - RACE #2, 2 December, 2023

Cancelled due to weather and river level, after a lot of rain, in the last week.


RESULTS - RACE #3, 16 December, 2023

The second handicap series scratch races was finally held on the 16th of December 2023 and was held with six boats sailing. The weather forecast was mediocre but it turned into a lovely warm day.

The flooding from previous weeks was still an issue but we soldiered on despite the flooding that got worse over the afternoon. The pictures show what 0.48m river height does and it har risen about 120mm over the afternoon. At the end the water was flooding the platform. The previous race had the Nicholson River height peaking at 4.0m (8 times higher) on the Friday before racing!

 

The forecast was strong winds, 23 degrees and overcast with possible showers. Started out cool with a lovely 8knots but sun came out and soon was up to 24 degrees and the wind strength came up from the WSW ranging from from 10 to 14 gusting up to 16 or more, especially in the late afternoon.

David was consistently handling the strengthening wind over the afternoon, with his Alternative showed its ability to handle strong, gusty conditions, where other boats had their sterns up in the air.  Only Ian missed a race while changing down to his B rig, to cope with the wind, which was a wise move for his yacht, with the remainder staying on A Rigs. The gusts caused some rigging hook-ups, with Ken and Paul hooking sidestays on a rounding and having to be rescued. Ken and Paul both had a DNF, as a result of the hookup, but Paul is showing improvement each time he races with fewer errors and clean racing.

As you can see from the results below, our second race of the series had some very mixed results. There were plenty of position changes especially if you missed a mark, or buried your nose and penalties were not easy in the wind.

Ken was only one point behind Colin and Paul only one behind Richard - without their hookup, the results would likely be very different, but that's sailing.

Everybody agreed that they had a wonderful day sailing, and we packed up after a moderately quick seven races but it had by that time got too windy for our predominately A rig fleet, so see you next year for Race #3. Seasons greetings and have a safe break.

NAMESAIL#RACE 1RACE 2RACE 3RACE 4RACE 5RACE 6RACE 7TOTALPLACE
Ken104413422DNF163
David87122211181
Richard1055445442234
Ian92656DNS - 8663346
Paul41265353DNF245
Colin 723311354152

So DAVID winning gains a 10 second start penalty, Colin 2nd and Ken 3rd. Richard stays on 10 seconds.

 


RESULTS - RACE #4, 20 January, 2024

The first race of 2024 had a forecast of light winds, 22 degrees and overcast. Great to see the usual bunch and catch up on news. Started out cool with a lovely 3 knots but stayed cool topping 20 degrees and the wind was from everywhere from West to SE at varying strengths from 3, to 0, to 2 or 3 knots with occasional puffs of perhaps 4 knots. Very relaxing and pleasant sailing with tactics and luck being important.

David had winch plug problems and no soldering iron (he usually has one or two!) but Paul's mate was nearby and saved David's day - thank you to friends.

When racing started, with Richard and David carrying 10 second penalty starts, Colin seemed to be able to catch lucky breaks and the wind to win 6 races and discard a second place. Paul, with his new sails, made by David, was the only one to beat Colin and did that by leading for the whole three laps to a convincing win - a likely force to be reconned with. Unluckily Paul's transmitter battery ran out of juice during race #5 but he finished AND WON, but had to then miss the last two races. Racing was tight but clean with the five yachts often finishing in a tight group but few penalties were required.

There were several incredibly close finishes - twice Colin only beat David by an inch or two! Also 3rd and 4th places were often almost as close, so quite exciting close racing, all day.

All enjoyed the day racing in the light winds where clean racing and picking your course was important but the luck of being in a gust zone also helped as there were plenty of windless holes to encounter. So hope to see you next month for more racing.

NAMESAIL #RACE 1RACE 2RACE 3RACE 4RACE 5RACE 6RACE 7TOTAL PLACE
KEN1043452433193
COLIN72111121161
DAVID872345322162
PAUL4155341DNSDNS274
RICHARD1054223544193

So COLIN gains a 10 second start penalty, David 2nd and Ken & Richard equal 3rd! Richard and David stay on 10 seconds.


RESULTS - RACE #5, 10 February, 2024 postponed from the previous rostered week.

Forecast of strong winds, 22 degrees and overcast. Everyone opted for B Rigs on the five boats that came. Started out warm with a strong 10 knots building and the wind was from everywhere from SW to SE at varying strengths from 10 to 18 knots with occasional puffs of perhaps 20+ knots. Fast and furious racing with lots of place changes and, even with B Rigs, quite a few nose-ins and buoy misses from going too fast. With the strong winds, it started to be quite cool but the temperature stayed in low 20s.

When racing started, with Richard, David and Colin carrying 10 second penalty starts, and only Ken and Ian off scratch, the starts were mostly close and a race to get to the top mark first. Picking lines was the hard part, if you guessed wrong you were in slow air, while others caught up. Racing was tight if not always clean with the yachts often finishing in a string, with no much gaps. There was a spread of first places but finally Colin won with only one point from Ken and three from David. Close racing in the fast conditions.

Unluckily, Richard had a winch failure after Race 4 but the others all completed the races. Ian sailed well, still sorting to his Blowfly, and the strong winds made it even harder.

It was a fun day of fast racing in the strong winds where clean racing and picking your course was important but the luck of being in a gust zone also helped as there were plenty of windless holes to encounter. So hope to see you next week for more racing in the second half of the Club IOM Championship..

NAMESAIL #RACE 1RACE 2RACE 3RACE 4RACE 5RACE 6RACE 7TOTAL PLACE
KEN1041232312112
DAVID874413131133
COLIN722121223101
RICHARD1053344DNSDNSDNS315
IAN9255DNS5444294

So COLIN gains a 20 second start penalty, Ken 2nd and David 3rd! Richard and David stay on 10 second starts.


Club I.O.M. Scratch Race Trophy #2, on 17 February 2023

The weather was cool with a top of only 21oand we had light winds moving from SSE to SSW at a fluctuating 1 - 6 knots, with no gusts just fluctuations. The day started with nil to light winds but by the time racing was to start, winds were very light but quite sailable, with no need to shorten the course from 3 laps, and wind slowly building strength over the day. All of our racing was well within A rig wind range. 

Six boats turned up, with three from the first day on 4 November and Paul missing. We gave those who had not sailed Day # 1 a default score of 40 points, representing 8 races scoring 5 points each. With 10 scratch start races of three laps (2 discards) our 1 minute starts allowed us to power through, and apart from Colin getting jammed on "The Rock", near the downriver jetty in Race #6 for a full lap, before getting free, everyone sailed all races for some tight races and finishes.
 
It was interesting how some races were finishing in tight groups, while others were stretched out, but the newbies Ian and Charles sailed well, even both leading the pack by a fair distance in one race. It was an enjoyable race day but there were quite a few penalty turns taken for missed marks, along with contacts of boats and marks (especially at the top mark), as the racing was so tight.
 
RACE #2
NAMESAILDay ONE PointsR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10TOTALPLACE
KEN104143331321311292
DAVID87202112212264333
RICHARD105404445644433704
IAN92405554463654755
COLIN72131226135122271
CHARLES10240666355654680

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So the overall Winner of the Club I.O.M. Scratch Race Trophy was Colin (who also won the first Day) on 27 points, closely followed (by only one point per day) by Ken on 29 points and David 3rd on 33 points.