IOM Les Watts Shield 1st August 2021 score sheet > IOM Les Watts Shield 2021
Report by Russ Chilcott
We arrived to a completely flat calm lake and very angry black clouds all around us! The air was so still the OOD Scott decided to set out all 5 markers in a large circle with a start gate in the middle. This meant he could decide on the course once the wind made an appearance! Thankfully, it did with the lightest of breezes coming from the west so we were able to race a triangle course.
It soon increased so the course was extended to include a sausage leg. After the coffee break the course was moved as the wind had shifted more towards the northwest and a windward finish line was added.
We had a couple of showers during a couple of races and again a short one as we packed up but overall, it was not too bad.
Nigel was presented his Spring Series Trophy before racing got underway. There were 8 entering this one, so all raced together in one fleet with one being selected at random to watch the start line each time.
After 5 races Bob and Ron were tied for first place, but Bob was then forced to retire as his winch line had lost its tension and came off its drum. Scott was out at the same time as he had to get away early due to family commitments. This left 6 boats still racing. We managed to get in 3 more races before the 12pm deadline. During these 3 Nigel found his mojo and strung together a 1st, 3rd and 1st place which was enough for him overtake Ron and win this event scoring 13 points. Ron held on to 2nd place on 16pts, just 1 point ahead of Richard in 3rd.
So, we finished the meeting as it had started with Nigel being presented a trophy!
Well done Nigel on winning the Les Watts Shield