all reports & scores by Russ Chilcott

IOM Summer Series 2021 Round 6 (10th October) results > IOM Summer Series Rd6 & FINAL overall points table 2021
This meeting started with a nice northerly breeze coming down the lake from the car park which slowly dropped as the morning progressed. The sun got warmer allowing the normal Sedgemoor holes and slightly fluky conditions to appear.

Racing started with just 4 skippers as a number of the regulars happen to be away for this one. The fleet size did increase to 5 from race 2 when Andy Harding arrived lakeside – he had forgotten that we now start at 9:30 instead of 10:00! Great to see that Andy was back racing with us again, I hear he plans to return more often now the M5 is not so congested.

Nigel setup Graham’s boat during the coffee break and it seemed to work as he then went on to win 2 races in the remainder of the morning. There must have been a half decent breeze since 10 races were completed by the usual midday cut-off time.

Scott and Daron had a few good results and both won 2 races, but Nigel with 4 wins is this rounds winner with a score of 12 points. Scott took 2nd place on 16, with Daron picking up 3rd on 18. Nigel’s win means he has won the summer series racing a 25 year old boat bought on eBay for £60! Though it did require quite a lot of restoration plus new sails to make it competitive.

Well done to Nigel on winning this one.

Overall series
Nigel had already won the series before this round was run; he finishes with a total of 122 points. 2nd to 4th places were held by Ron, Russ and John but all of them missed this one which meant Ron holds onto his runners-up spot on 110pts. Russ keeps his 3rd place on 109, while Scott moves up to take 4th (101) with Graham in 5th not too far behind scoring 98.

IOM Summer Series Round 5 (26th September) results > IOM Summer Series Rd5 2021
Once again, we arrived to an almost flat lake BUT this time the wind slowly pickup and stayed fairly consistent at around 7 mph all morning.
Scott was away for this one so Nigel and I set a narrow triangle course with a leeward end gate and windward finish line to make the most of the breeze coming across the lake from the south corner. Since the wind was fairly good we decided to race this course for two full laps.

A few skippers were away but we still had 7 entering this one. We all raced on the water together taking it in turns to watching the start line each time. The first skipper over the finish line noted the results – which was mostly done by Richard and Nigel!

We managed to complete 9 races on a beautiful sunny morning, finishing a few minutes earlier than usual as a big family event was due to be taking place in the park. The fairly consistent wind it did allow for some good tactical races. The decision to go either port or starboard through the gate on the final leg could make or break your race. Richard and Nigel found their grove right from the start and were out front most of the time having their own private battles. I managed to nick a win in race 7 but all the others were won either by Richard or Nigel; the final tally was 5 to 3 wins in Richard favour.

Almost as impressive when Richard didn’t win a race he was 2nd – every single time! He wins this round with a 9 point score after discarding TWO 2nd places! Nigel takes 2nd scoring 13, with Ron 3rd on 21.

Well done Richard on winning this one.

Overall Series
Nigel’s 2nd place and 24 point haul at this round means he now has an unassailable lead in the series overall. He has won it no matter what happens at the 6th and final round in two weeks time. Runners-up place is still up for grabs between myself, Ron and John.

Congratulations to Nigel on a well-deserved series win.

IOM Summer Series 2021 Round 4 (12th September) Results

We arrived to a flat clam lake with almost zero wind – something that seems to happen at almost every IOM round this year! It was tricky to decide in what direction any breeze was actually coming from so Scott and I laid a large circle of markers from the ramp side so we had “options”!

There were 7 skippers for this round, so we decided with such light winds for all to race together taking it in turns to watch the start line. We raced a simple triangle/sausage course 3 times before the usual 10.30am coffee break. After the break the course was moved so we could race from the right-hand bank as the only wind was mainly along that side, plus it was closer/easier for the skippers to see.

It was a particularly frustrating morning for everyone. On occasions a light breeze came across the lake but sadly never stayed around for too long, and sometimes when it did appear it came from a completely unexpected direction!

Myself, Ron and Nigel found ourselves in the right place at the right time more often than most. After 7 very long races and 1 discard we were all tied on 15 points but on count-back Ron nicks it (2x wins + 2x 2nd places), Nigel takes runners-up spot (2x wins 1 x 2nd place) and I have to settle for 3rd (1 x win) – ERRGGH!

Ron has had an eventful few weeks after falling into the lake at the last one, amazingly his TX survived and so did he to come back and win this one!
Congratulations Ron.

IOM Summer Series 2021 Round 3 (29th August) results > IOM Summer Series Rd3 2021
We had decent northerly breeze coming in straight over the car park it filled the middle and southeast side of the lake. A triangle/sausage course with a leeward gate and windward finish line was laid, but racing clockwise with all markers to starboard which was a little unusual.

The course direction and layout seemed to confuse many skippers and sometimes even the RO, on a few occasions thinking they had finished while passing through the leeward gate! For a change we adopted the SYS section format for duties with the highest placed skipper in each race coming off the water to be the RO for next the one. This worked well and kept things moving along nicely.

It turned out just about everything that could happen did happen during this very unusual meeting;
Firstly, I won Race 1 and Daron Race 2 – that alone is unusual!
Before Race 3 got underway Scott had problems with his winch tension spring coming adrift after he replaced his TX battery. Graham was also out with some rigging issues. Then a big splash – Ron had slipped while launching his boat and fell into the lake! He was unhurt but completely soaked head to foot. His boat was undamaged but his TX went into the water and showed no signs of life. At that point we called for an early coffee break to sort everything out!

Ron decided to withdraw so he could go home and dry off properly. Despite his best efforts (helped by Nigel and Richard) Scott’s winch was not repairable lakeside, so he was also out. Graham’s rigging just needed a tweak so he was back making up a fleet of 7 for the remaining races.

Race 3, 4 and 5 saw Richard, Rod and Nigel all win in that order, Rod’s by just inches! Richard was well on his way to an easy win in Race 6 sailing on his last leg but Nigel coming back on his penultimate leg misjudged the space while passing and they tangled. By the time their boats had separated Richard was left to finish in 4th.

In Race 7 I was holding a sizeable lead with just a quarter of final leg to the finish line when my jib leach line hooked up on the spreaders. This pretty much “strangled” my boat while the entire fleet caught and then passed me – UGGHH! Coming through from dead last place Daron took the furthest line out picking up a nice wind shift he passed everyone to win the race!

I did go on to win the last two races (think I mentioned it lakeside!) This as it turned out was just enough for me to win this round scoring 12. Richard finishes in 2nd on 13pts. Daron pipped Nigel to 3rd place (16pts) on count-back, while Rod pipped John to 5th also on count-back.

All in all, it was a very usual meeting with a skipper falling in the lake, normally reliable boats breaking, normally reliable skippers misjudging others and what looked like easy wins being lost in usual circumstances – but most unusual of all – I won it!

IOM Summer Series 2021 Round 2 (15th Aug) results > IOM Summer Series Rd2 2021
We started this round with a light southerly breeze, so Scott set the usual course with the skippers standing on the right-hand bank.

After just 2 races the wind dropped to almost zero so it was agreed to take an early coffee break in the hope it might picked up – and it did! The wind had increased but also swung around coming across more from the west, so much so the entire course had to be moved and we were then sailing from the ramp side. Not that it took too long to move all the markers with the new faster outboard motor on the dinghy!

9 skippers had arrived for this round but that became 8 even before the racing got underway as Graham had winch/radio problems which needed workshop repairs. The 8 then became 7 as Steve had to leave early, and then it really became 6 as I was sailing like a complete doughnut most of the time way off the back of the fleet!

Meanwhile out at the front it was John and Nigel who were in close company trading race wins, with Daron occasionally splitting them apart. By the time we finished after 8 races John had won 3 to Nigel’s 4 with Scott being the only other skipper to win a race all morning. John was slightly more consistent overall which meant he had done enough to win this round scoring 10 points to Nigel’s 11 (after a race discard). Daron was the best of the rest taking 3rd place scoring 18.

Well done to John on winning this one.

IOM Wednesday Night Series 2021 Round 5 (11th Aug) results > IOM Rd5 Weds Night Series & FINAL overall points table 2021
Finally, we had a decent breeze for a Weds night meeting, unfortunately it was very overcast so the evening light faded a little sooner than usual – but at least we had some wind and the forecast of rain did not appear.

Scott set a very long course which was the usual triangle/sausage shape with a leeward end gate and windward finish line. The course length allowed you to recover from a bad start, or for guys like me to throw away some decent results! We completed 6 races before it got a little too dark, though I did manage to win the very last one (think I may have mentioned that lakeside a few times!) but by the end we were almost left to sail by our RX lights to navigate!

Of the 9 skippers it was Bob with his trusted blue No4 that managed to find his way to the front most of the time. On a few occasions with Scott or Richard in close company. He won 2, was second in 2 more and discarded his one bad result, so he easily won this round with a score of just 6 points. Scott had a good night as he avoided a recent bad habit of hitting markers while sailing all by himself. He finished 2nd on 8pts, with Richard scoring 11 and nicking 3rd place from me on countback. Nigel had by his standards a poor night finishing in 5th, not helped by picking up a 6ft long reed in one race!

Well done to Bob on the round win.

Overall series
This was the final round in a shorter than usual 5 round series. As has happened recently it ended as a two-horse race once again between Richard and Nigel. Whoever finished above the other at this round would win the series overall. Richard’s 3rd to Nigel 5th place is enough for Richard to secure himself first in the series scoring 96 points (after 1 round discard). Nigel has to settle for runners-up spot this time with a score of 93. Somehow, I managed to finish in 3rd place on 92. I may have to mention that lakeside next meeting!

Congratulations to Richard on the series win in some very testing/flat clam conditions at more than a few rounds this summer.

IOM Les Watts Shield & round 1 Summer Series (1st Aug) results > IOM Les Watts Shield 2021
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 and round 1 of the Summer Series.

IOM Wednesday night series round 4 (21st July) results > IOM Rd4 Weds Night Series 2021
After another scorching hot day, it was still very warm by the time we started the evenings races. There was a very light breeze coming from the north west, the usual course was set but diagonally from the ramp side with the windward marker/finish line in the righthand corner.

For various reason a few of the regular skippers could not attend this one, so we had only 5 with all on the water racing together. The very light wind vanished completely for fairly long periods but despite this there was still some good close racing at times. In one race all 5 boats were together heading down the final leg. We managed to get in 6 races before the light faded.

Both John and Graham had retired early from Sunday’s meeting but both had fixed their boats in time for this round. They were in good form especially in races 4 and 5 finishing 1, 2 in close formation by a very wide margin over the rest. John RTD at the start of race 6 (suspect low RX battery) which left the way open for his “team mate” Graham to win the race. Graham continues to improve race by race and is really finding his way with his new red MX16 boat.

All 5 skippers won a race each with John winning 2 with his newly acquired Widget boat. His last race RTD didn’t really matter as that was his one poor result and therefore his discard. John easily won this round scoring just 9 points. I was 2nd on 12 just ahead of Graham on 13.

Richard had a nightmare round by his high standards finding all the Apex “holes” in most of the races – he ended up finishing in 5th and last! Nigel missed this one but once again it is between these two for the overall series with just one round left to go. I have a mathematical chance to win the series but only if I win the final round and they both finish outside the top 3 places – so I’m not holding out any hope of that happening!

Once again it will be winner takes all for the series between Nigel and Richard at the final round on Weds 11th August.

Well done to John on winning this one.

IOM Spring Series round 5 (18th July) results & final overall points table > IOM Spring Series Rd5 & final overall standings 2021
Unfortunately, we started with very little wind for the second time in a row but this time it did at least increase as the morning progressed. We started with 7 skippers but after just one race that dropped to 5 as both Graham and John retired with boat problems. Scott set the usual triangle/gate, sausage/gate course and with all skippers racing together we did manage to get through 9 long races.

It was the hottest day of the year so far and we felt it by the last few races moving under the trees for some shade! This was the last round in the series and it was winner takes all between Nigel and Richard for the overall Spring Series title. Nigel looked to have it all wrapped up early on as he won 3 of the first 4, but Richard had scored 3 second places in a row and then went on to win Races 5 and 7 so it was a bit too close to call. By the end they tied both scoring 13 points (after discards) but Nigel takes the round win on countback – 3 wins to Richard 2. Scott was the best of the rest picking up 3rd place on 19 points.

The win for Nigel means that he also wins the series overall ahead of Richard again only courtesy of countback (both on 98 pts) as he has won 3 rounds to Richard 2. I picked up 3rd place overall on 88 with John taking 4th (87) ahead of Daron in 5th on countback.

Congratulations to Nigel on winning this round and also the 2021 Spring Series.

IOM Section Sec Scott Smart presenting Nigel Clarke (right) the 2021 Spring Series Trophy 

IOM Spring Series round 4 (4th July) results > IOM Spring Series Rd4 2021
We were joined by our newest club member Steve Gleed who was racing Ron’s old MX16 (yellow boat with teeth!) with us for his first time. His entry brought the numbers up to 11 but sadly we had almost no wind for him or anyone to enjoy. The course was the usual one (see previous reports) but with so little wind the fleet mostly drifted around with the odd boat occasionally catching the odd puff.

By 10.30am and with only 3 races run Scott called for a coffee break. Luckily, it was just in time as we got back to our cars the heavens opened, thankfully it did stop as we resumed racing but it had killed off what wind there had been before. After the break Scott’s radio would not work. He later discovered rain water he thinks running off the back of his car boot had found its way into his boats RX box and drowned its electrics!

Races 4 and 5 were more long “painful” affairs with skippers sailing further and further off the course in an attempt to try and find the wind – any wind! A slight breeze did pick up just as we planned to finish, since it was a few minutes before 12 we ran one final race – but that still meant only 6 had been run in total.

John and Ron had the odd moment both winning a race each, but it was Richard, Nigel and Bob who found their way to the front most of the time. In the end all 3 of them tied on 9 points. On countback Richard and Nigel had an exact tie both scoring two 1st a 3rd, 4th and 6th places so they cannot be split and share the win. Despite finishing every race in 2nd or 3rd Bob misses out as he had no wins, so he is a little unlucky and has to settle for 3rd spot.

For the overall series with just 1 round to go it’s really only between Richard on 74pts and Nigel on 73 (after a round discard). Bob is on 69 and has a mathematical chance to leap-frog them both but that’s fairly unlikely (sorry Bob!) and he might have a battle on for that place with three other skippers just a few points behind him.

Hopefully we have a decent breeze for the 5th and final round of the Spring Series which is on 18th July.

Weds Night Series round 3 (30th June) results > IOM Rd3 Weds Night Series 2021
8 skippers entered this one so each took it in turns once to be the RO. At the end of the 8 races there was still enough summer evening light left to get in just a couple more so we all raced together for Races 9 and 10.

Scott set the usual triangle/sausage course with a leeward end gate since the westerly wind was so light and shifting he didn’t want to complicate things as just finding a steady breeze was difficult enough!

Oddly the start didn’t really matter too much as places were swapping around throughout the field depending where you happen to be at the time. This was particularly true of the long final leg from the leeward gate to the windward finish line. It was often a real struggle to keep moving forwards with any degree of boat speed, sometimes coming along close to the ramp was the place to be – sometimes it was not!

The score sheet reflects the tricky conditions with 7 skippers all winning at least 1 race and also finishing in 6th or lower more than once. I was having a very good evening finishing in the top 4 and winning 2 races, that was before the last 3 when I managed to find all the “holes” and finished those in 5th, 8th and then 7th! Luckily for me the last 2 races were removed as discards and I had secured enough good results and managed to win this round on 18 points. Richard and Nigel tied on 19, but Richard nicks the 2nd spot on countback (2 race wins to 1).
Well done me for winning this one!

Spring Series round 3 (20th June) score sheet > IOM Spring Series Rd3 2021
There was a very light northerly breeze coming across the car park, so we sailed from the lower pathway on the west side of the lake. The meeting OOD Scott set his usual triangle/sausage with a leeward end gate – he has promised to do something a bit different next time!

Once again, we had 10 skippers entering so there were 2 and at times 3 off the water as RO’s, all drawn randomly from a rather neat app on my phone. As usual the starts were all important, on the odd occasion the sudden light wind shift meant a boat or two could slip through the line and get away on a port tack. A few skippers found the wind by taking the much longer route going across the far east side of the lake which sometimes paid off big time – and sometimes it really did not!

Nigel had a very good run making the most of the tricky conditions he won Race 3, was RO for Race 4, then had a hat-trick of wins in Race 5, 6 and 7. This was enough for him to secure top spot for this round scoring 12 points (after discards). Bob was the best of the rest finishing 2nd on 17 with Daron having one of his best mornings for while taking 3rd spot on 19. John, Scott and Ron were all tied for 4th on 22pts but on countback it was the number of wins that separated them; John takes 4th (2 wins), Scott 5th (1 win) and Ron 6th (0 wins). Despite the really light winds we managed to complete 9 long races starting the last one just 1 minute before our 12pm deadline!

Well done to Nigel for winning this one. Once a round discard is taken into account (comes into effect from round 4) the overall series has really closed up now.

Weds Night Series round 2 (9th June) results > IOM Rd2 Weds Night Series 2021
We’ve had a run of IOM meetings with a pretty decent breeze staying with us though all our races but tonight it was a return to “service as normal”! Things started off ok with a light westerly wind, it swung slightly so it was coming from the north/west corner but at the same time dropped away to little more than the odd “puff” – and if you boat happened to catch that puff it was great while it lasted!
We raced a triangle/sausage course with the usual leeward gate and windward finish line set out from the ramp side. 8 skippers entered this one, so 1 was off each race as RO. For the last two races the very unpopular and becalmed far side No2 marker (making the triangle) was dropped, instead we raced twice around the other markers making for a sausage course keeping parallel to the ramp were the little breeze left could be found. Many found themselves racing up and down the fleet, sometimes while on the same leg of the course! In fact all the skippers had at least 2 races finishing down in 5th or worst places!

Finding the best line more often than most was Nigel who won this one scoring 14 points. Richard and Ron tied on 17 but Richard takes the 2nd place on countback – 2 wins to 1. There was also a tie for 4th between me and Bob (21), but Bob nicks it on countback after going all the way to compare our 4th places – OUCH!
Well done Nigel.

Spring Series round 2 (6th June) results > IOM Spring Series Rd2 2021
We raced a long triangle/sausage course with the gate at the leeward end and the finish line right up at the windward mark. There was a light westerly breeze which remained fairly constant (by Apex standards!) all morning. The forecast of rain never materialized, in fact after 10 races we finished in bright sunshine. We had 10 skippers entering this one, so 2 were drawn to be off each race to act as RO’s.

Somehow I just about managed to win it! I scored 12 points, Richard and Nigel tied on 13 but Richard takes 2nd place on countback as he had 3 wins to Nigel’s 2.

Weds Night series round 1 (26th May) results > IOM Rd1 Weds Night 2021
A decent breeze meant the 6 skippers could get in 12 races before dark. Richard Aucott (13) won this round just 1 point ahead of 2nd place Nigel Clarke (14), with Bob Conner (18) taking 3rd spot.

Spring Series round 1 (23rd May) combined with the Alice Trophy 2021
Report, scores & photos by Russ Chilcott
Results > Spring Series Rd1 & Alice Trophy 2021  

We had very strong SW winds which stayed with us all morning, occasionally it gusted and was over-powering the A rigs at times. The course was a long triangle/sausage with a gate at the leeward end and the finish line was up at the windward marker. The long course and sudden gusts plus the usual Apex wind shifts gave everyone lots of opportunities to gain, or in my case, loose plenty of places!
We had a 15 min coffee break, had to slightly over-run the 12pm finish time so everyone had done an equal number of RO duties but we did manage to miss any proper rain with only a light shower as we packed up. 14 races were completed with 6 of the 7 skippers winning at least 1 each.

“Mr Consistency” Richard Aucott as usual was always near the front end and with a score (after discards) of 17 points he won this round plus the Alice Trophy. John took 2nd place on 20, with Scott 3rd on 22.

Well done Richard.

WE ARE BACK! Starting from Sunday 23rd May 2021 competitive racing resumes – see 2021 Calendar page for details.

A few skippers “free sailing” under the Rule of 6 during late summer 2020.

Due to the Covid 19 outbreak all IOM competition meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Spring Series round 1 (15th March) results (combined with Alice Trophy) > Rd1 IOM Spring Series 2020
This meeting was for the Alice Trophy as well as round 1 of the Spring Series – not that it felt much like spring as it was cold and wet – very wet! There was a light westerly breeze which came and went from time to time but the rain stayed pretty constant all morning. 7 skippers entered this one, that soon dropped to 6 as Graham had radio problems. We raced a triangle/sausage course with a gate at the leeward end and finish using the windward mark. This made for a nice long race with several opportunities to gain places and had it not been quite so wet it would have been very enjoyable.

Each skipper took it in turn to be the RO but after 7 races with the wind dying and everyone soaked through we agreed to call it quits. We didn’t know it at the time but the last race between Nigel, John and Richard would decide who won this round and the trophy.
Nigel won the race with John just ahead of Richard crossing the line. This result gave Nigel the trophy and round win scoring 9 points, with John and Richard tied on 10 but John takes 2nd place on count-back.

Well done Nigel, he gets to keep the Alice Trophy for another year.

Winter Series round 9 (23rd Feb) results > IOM Winter Series Rd9 & FINAL overall points table 2019-20
Having had to cancel the last round due to the storms it was nice to back out racing again and the conditions meant we really were racing!
There was a very strong westerly wind with an occasional gust, despite some large grey clouds it stayed dry all morning. Scott set a long triangle/sausage course with a gate at the leeward end and the finish at the windward end which made for a nice long race. We had 9 entries for this one, 8 of us decided from the start it was windy enough for our B rigs, while John W alone thought as this is Apex his A suit would be ok – he was wrong! After one race totally overpowered he was forced to switch down and so missed the 2nd race – his gamble had not paid off.

The strong winds stayed which allowed us to get through 14 races in good time. The usual suspects Bob, Richard and Nigel were out in front most of the time, in fact only those three won a race and they left quite a gap back to the rest of us mere mortals! In the end Bob nicked it winning this round with a score of 12, Richard was only 1 point behind on 11 with Nigel in 3rd place on 19.
Well done Bob on winning this round.

For the overall series Nigel has done it again! He has won 4 of the 8 rounds and finishes top of the table on 146 points, Richard takes the runners-up spot on 142. I’m in 3rd on 134, with John W 4th (129).