After a season of predominently light winds the wind gods finally delivered plenty of breeze to the UK IOM Ranking series.
With up to 50 knots forecast from the SW luckily the sanctuary of the lake at Woodspring kept the breeze more in the late twenties with the odd puff in the early thirties!
PRO Peter Wiles set a course the length of the lake with racing getting underway on time with three seeding races.
After the seedings the fleets were rescheduled to two fleets. Conditions were tricky, the wind at the bottom of the course at times was beyond the no2 rig, however with conditions a little lighter up at the windward mark turning to the smaller no3 rig was not a competitive option.
With plenty of shifts and gusts plenty of skill was required to get downwind without nosediving and course and traffic management required to get to the windward mark in one piece! With that in mind no surprise that Rob Walsh took the win with Colin Goodman second and Chris Harris taking the final podium Position.
Full day one results here
With the wind veering overnight and decreasing slightly all skippers started the day with the no2 Rig. The racing once again got away on time with Peter Wiles opting for three seeding fleets. After the seedings Peter opted for a reschedule to two fleets.
With the conditions slightly easier no one skipper was dominating the results with nine different race winners during the day.
With the wind veering further as the day went on all skippers were on the no1 rig before a break for lunch. Generally with more wind, the left hand side of the course was favoured, creating a tricky port approach to the windward mark and a couple of contacts and protests in the final race.
Rob Walsh once again took the race win with Darin Ballington taking second place and Colin Goodman third.
Full day two results here
In all a very enjoyable weekend with plenty of racing and great to see plenty of new skippers competing at a ranking event for the first time.
Our thanks to both Woodspring MSC and Poole RYC, Peter Wiles – PRO for producing a fair race course in demanding conditions and the other volunteers, Lesley Wiles, Anne Dennis, Min Edwards, Sue Conner Andy Harding and Bob Lewis who all did a fantastic job.