No competition meetings due to Covid-19 rules but members are still using the lake for causal sailing and sometimes a few “fun” races!

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) and Bob 5th (122).
Congratulations to Nigel.

Hopefully I’ll see you on 15th March for round 1 of the Spring Series which will also be for the Alice Trophy.

Winter Series round 8 (9th Feb) was cancelled due to storm

Winter Series round 7 (26th Jan 2020) results > IOM Winter Series Rd7 2019-20
We only had 6 skippers for this round, one was a new member Graham Small who was racing one of Arley’s old boats which he has completely refit including new sails. There was a fairly strong southerly breeze and despite forecasts of heavy rain we only had one short shower during race 7.
We all raced together taking it in turns to watch the start line. The course was two triangles with a gate at the leeward end, after 11 races and with dark clouds approaching we decided not to push our luck and finished slightly early while it was still dry! After a mid-morning coffee break a slight wind shift made the No2 marker particularly tricky as it was in wind shadow, how you came through this could make or break your race.
Despite the low numbers the races were all very close with many being decided in the last few feet to the finish line. Bob won the last two races which as it turns out was enough for him to leap-frog both Richard and Nigel and win this round by a single point.
Well done Bob.

Winter Series round 6 (12th Jan 2020) results > IOM Winter Series Rd6 2019-20

Before racing got underway all the skippers held a minutes silence in memory of Malcolm.

This was our first club IOM meeting of 2020 and we could not have had much better conditions with the rain holding off (just about!) and a brisk but steady westerly wind which stayed all morning. The wind direction meant we were sailing from off the ramp end for a change, which was fine apart from the odd occasion when the sun popped out and the reflection could make spotting the far marker a bit tricky.

We had 8 skippers with 1 off each time to be RO and raced a triangle/sausage course with a gate, even including a 20 min coffee break Scott kept things moving along so we managed to get through an impressive 16 races. Myself and Richard had the best of the first 8 races and held 1st and 2nd spots by a few points, then Nigel found his mojo (it went missing last Sunday!) and John W also as they were better over the next 8. John won 3 in a row from race 9 which briefly put him top but then Nigel came back with a run of 4 wins at the end which was enough to secured him this round scoring 19 points. John finished in 2nd on 23 with Richard 3rd on 25. I had to settle for 4th (26) – I now wish we had stopped after the first 8 races!

Well done Nigel.

Winter Series round 5 (29th Dec) results > IOM Winter Series Rd5 2019-20

For our last meeting of 2019 it was a bit chilly but dry with a good southerly breeze coming mostly through the gap between the two lakes. Scott set a zig zag/sausage course with the finish line at the windward marker. This produced some really good races and with shifting winds near the windward end it made for some really, really close finishes.
We had 9 entering this round and managed to get in 11 races by the 12.45pm cut-off time. All 9 were able to race together for the last 2 as Alan Barnstable volunteered to be the RO – many thanks Alan.

Things started ominously for the rest of us as Nigel sailed away and won the first 3 races on the trot, but that was it from him for a while as Bob, Richard and I won 2 races each which made things a bit more “interesting”! Normal service was restored in the last 2 races as Nigel won them both which was enough for him to win this round on a score of 14. In 2nd place was Bob (17) and in 3rd me (20). Well done Nigel.

Winter Series round 4 (15th Dec) results > IOM Winter Series Rd4 2019-20
We had a good southerly breeze most of the morning, though it did drop away a few times and turned slightly westerly leaving the windward mark/finish line in a bit of a “hole” – typical Apex conditions! The skies turned a horrible black and we had short downpour in race 3 but thankfully that was it and it stayed dry from then on. The course was the usual triangle/sausage with the finish at the windward marker. 8 skippers took part, Andy H made a welcome return racing with us for the first time in this series.

Bob was on good form right from the start as he disappeared off the front of the fleet winning 5 of his first 6 races and looked certain to win this round. Richard had picked up 3 wins and was trailing Bob by 3 points going into the 12th and final race. It then all changed around as Richard won the last race while Bob had a bit of a “mare” finishing in 6th and last place. The points difference between them meant Richard nicked this round 16 points to Bob’s 17. Nigel won his one and only race in Race 10 but was always near the top group, he finished in 3rd (19) with Andy the best of the rest in 4th (24).

The next round is our final meeting for IOM’s this year on Sun 29th Dec – hopefully I’ll see you there? ..and a reminder that just a week after that on 5th Jan we are hosting round 3 of the MYA Winter Series. More on that nearer the time.

Winter Series round 3 (1st Dec) results > IOM Winter Series Rd3 2019-20
We had a fairly strong northerly breeze coming across the car park which made for good sailing conditions but it was pretty darn cold, this one really did feel a winter meeting! The wind stayed all morning so the fleet of 9 boats kept moving along nicely so we were able to get in 13 races around a triangle/sausage course with a gate at the leeward end. A decision made as to which way to go at the gate on the final leg back to the finish line could win or loose you a few places – and often it did!

That tall bloke with the blue boat (if you haven’t sailed for while that’s Nigel) ran away in the first 4 races and won them all. After the coffee break Bob (with 3 wins), Richard (2) and me (1) nicked a few but Nigel came back winning 3 more he easily took the top spot scoring just 11 points. Bob finished in 2nd on 24 and I was 3rd on 25.

Winter Series round 2 (27th Nov) results > IOM Winter Series Rd2 2019-20
We arrived to a completely flat calm lake and pretty much zero wind, so we scattered all the markers around the lake not really having a clue which way if any we would racing! Race 1 was run around a fairly short single triangle course with a 20 minute time limit, John S drifted away and after 14 mins he won it with the rest of the fleet creeping home some way behind.
Thankfully from then on a westerly breeze very gradually picked up race by race and so did the shape and length of the course to suit the conditions.
The 10th and final race was won by Scott which meant that all the skippers had won one or more races – except for one guy – ME!!!!

Nigel was back on form winning 3 races and he won this round with a total of 15 points, Richard took 2nd place (20) and Ron 3rd (25)

Winter Series round 1 (3rd Nov) results > IOM Winter Series Rd1 2019-20
We had pretty much perfect conditions with a steady westerly breeze, clear blue skies and bright sunshine – in fact the suns reflections off the water made the far markers tricky to spot most of the time. Scott set a long triangle/sausage course with a wide gate at the leeward end and the finish line in the right hand corner adjacent to the No 1 windward marker.
Mike Cooke was racing with us for the first time in a while with his own newly completed green “Rocket” boat …and it went off like a rocket! He won 5 races, so of them by quite a margin. Nigel picked up 2 wins but his keel picked up pretty much anything else floating in the lake!
Rod and Daron both had a race win each (and were very happy about that!) while John W was in good form especially towards the end when he won the last 3 races. After 12 races were run no one had come close to catching Mike who with a score of just 13 points easily wins this round. John finished 2nd on 23 and I somehow managed to nick 3rd place on 32.
Well done Mike.


Summer series round 6 (29th Sept) results & FINAL overall points table 2019 >
IOM Summer Series Rd6 & final overall standings 2019
We all donned our water-proof gear but as it turned out it was not really needed as the forecast for very heavy rain never materialized and we only had one short shower, in fact the sun came out for a while and we were all too hot! The wind started coming in from the south at around 8-10mph and gradually increased and swung around from the west, by the last few races it was almost too much for top suits.
There were 7 skippers for this one, each off twice as RO’s meant we got through 14 races in good time. The course was a triangle/sausage with a gate. I found my racing grove plus all the winds shifts and somehow managed to win this one scoring 13 points, Richard was 2nd on 17 with Nigel 3rd on 20.
This was the final round of the Summer Series and it could not have worked out any better for me as the round win plus lower finishing places for others at the top of the table meant I have won the series overall – and no one is more surprised than me. I’ll be sure to remind everyone of this for many months/years to come!
It was all very close, I finished on 114 points, just 1 point ahead of John W on 113, Scott 3rd on 111 with Daron 4th on 110.

Summer Series round 5 (15th Sept) results > IOM Summer Series Rd5 2019

We had lovely warm sunshine, not a cloud in the sky and 10 to 12mph westerly wind which stayed with us all morning. Scott missed this one so Russ was OOD and set a course consisting of a triangle/sausage with a gate at the leeward end and the finish line in the right corner at the windward mark. The final leg to the finish proved to be particularly “tricky” with places being lost and gained sometimes in the last few yards and quite often with boats just inches apart. 7 skippers entered this one with 1 off at a time as RO we managed to get through 14 races.

Bob found his way to the finish line and avoided most of the holes most of the time better than all the others, he won 6 races and this round easily scoring 13 points. Russ was 2nd on 18, with Richard 3rd on 24.

For the overall series its looking pretty darn close now with just 2 points separating the top 4! John (Woodman) moves top of the table on 91 points, Scott and Daron are tied on 90 and Russ is on 89 – so anyone of those 4 can win the series at the final round on 29th Sept.

Summer Series round 4 (1st Sept) results > IOM Summer Series Rd4 2019
Yet again we had a very strong westerly breeze which increased through the mornings races. The course was a triangle/sausage with a gate at the leeward end and an extra marker to make a finish line in the right hand corner at the windward end. There was the usual and very sudden “Apex” wind shifts which always makes things slightly challenging!
We had a low entry of just 6 boats but that allowed us to all race together so we got through 12 races which included a break to replace a winch cord elastic.
Scott read the shifts better than most and won 5 races and this round scoring 17. Daron and Andy were best of the rest both on 23, but Daron just nicked 2nd place on count-back which had to go all the way back to compare their 5th places!

Weds night series round 7 (28th Aug) results & FINAL overall points standings > Rd7 IOM Weds Night Series & FINAL overall points table 2019
It was a pleasant surprise as we had a pretty strong westerly wind which stayed throughout the evening – not at all like a normal Weds night! Thankfully despite some angry clouds it also stayed dry for us.
Scott got his dates mixed up and missed this one (opps), so I was the OOD and set an “unusual” course comprising of 5 markers to make a long zig-zag followed by a narrow triangle. I now wish I had included a chicane and cross-over, maybe that would have given me a better chance to win! After 8 very good races we were forced to finish as the light faded away.
Nigel and Richard tied for the top spot both on 9 points, but Nigel takes this round as he had 4 wins to Richard’s 3. The only other race winner was Ron who took 3rd place on 14 points.

Nigel had already won the series, but winning this round means (after 2 rounds are discards) he has won 5 rounds and has the perfect maximum 125 points score. The rest were a bit closer as I finished the series in 2nd place (117) with Richard in 3rd (115), Daron 4th (111) and Ron 5th (110).

Summer Series round 3 (18th Aug) results >
IOM Summer Series Rd3 2019
We had almost perfect racing conditions with a fairly strong and consistent westerly breeze, the only interruption was the odd short shower. By the time most had don their coats the rain had passed, the sun was out, it warmed up and we were quickly getting too hot! The wind direction left room for Scott to set an interesting and challenging Zig-Zag/sausage course, for last few races this was changed a slightly shorter triangle/sausage to make sure we completed all races in time. Apart from race 1 for all others 1 skipper was off to act as RO and despite the showers we still got in 15 very enjoyable races.
Things started off very close with 6 different skippers winning the first 6 races, but as the morning went on Richard found his mojo and with a run of 1st and 2nd place he pulled away to win this round scoring 18 points. After a poor start and a few tweaks to his rig John W recovered well to take 2nd place on 23, just 1 point behind was Russ and Daron tied on 24 each, but Russ nicked 3rd spot thanks to count-back.

Weds night series round 6 (7th Aug) results > Rd6 IOM Weds Night Series 2019
We had a pretty strong north/westerly breeze but coming over the bigger trees adjacent to the car park there was a large “hole” right through the middle of the lake. Staying clear of this or getting through it was the real test! After 9 races Nigel was the best at doing this (as usual!) and won with a score of 12. John W took 2nd spot on 17, Russ managed to nick 3rd on 19.
A big thank you to Rod who’s boat is in dry dock for repair but he stayed on to act as RO all evening.

There is now just 1 round left in the series (28th Aug) but whatever happens Nigel cannot be caught and he is the 2019 IOM Weds night series winner. Congratulations to Nigel.
Runners-up spot is still up for grabs with anyone down to 6th places able to take it.

Summer Series round 2 (4th Aug) results > IOM Summer Series Rd2 2019

We had very little this morning and what we did have swung from the south to southwest and on one occasion right around coming from the north! This made for some “fun” races around a Zig Zag/sausage course. We started with 8 boats but Rod had persistent radio problems which left his boat sailing around the lake by itself a few times! John also dropped out with a winch fault, so for most races we had only 6 crossing the finishing line.

Nigel was in the grove once again and managed to pick up the wind shifts better than everyone else, he won it with a score of 10 with Richard in 2nd place on 17. Ron was racing he new boat (well, its actually Nigel’s old No30 Carving boat) for the first time and took 3rd spot on count-back ahead of Daron.
Thanks to Rod who acted as RO for much of the morning.

Summer Series round 1 (21st July) results > IOM Summer Series Rd1 2019
We had a good south westerly breeze which gradually increased during the morning. The 6 skippers all stayed on the water taking it in turns to watch the start line which enabled us to get through 12 races around a long triangle/sausage course with the finish line up at the windward marker. Nigel was racing his old Carving boat to check it was all ok as it will soon to be in the hands of Ron, I think Ron will be very happy as he won 6 races with it and easily took this round scoring 12 points. Scott had a good morning finishing in 2nd on 17, with John the best of the rest in 3rd on 28.

Wednesday night series round 5 (17th July) results > Rd5 IOM Weds Night Series 2019
We had a moderate (by Apex standards!) westerly breeze which only faded away for the very last race on the night. Entry was back up to 9 boats and raced the normal triangle/sausage shaped course with one off each race to act as RO.
Nigel found his was around the course quicker than most winning 5 races he easily won this round scoring 8 points and now looks odds-on for the series win – again! Rocket Ron never won a race but was very consistent all night and took 2nd place scoring 18. Russ’s night didn’t start well when the goose neck came apart, but thanks to Bob it was fixed and he managed to pick up 3rd spot scoring 19 points.

Wednesday night series round 4 (26th June) results > Rd4 IOM Weds Night Series 2019

Unfortunately there was only 5 of racing for this round but there was a pretty strong easterly breeze though coming over and through the biggest trees in the park it swirled around all over the place at the water level, this made just staying on one tack quite tricky at times. Nigel found this best route to finish line more-often-than-not and won this round by a margin. Russ was 2nd with Daron nicking 3rd place from Scott on count-back.

Spring Series round 6 (23rd June) results including FINAL overall points standings > IOM Spring Series Rd6 & FINAL overall standings 2019
We only had 6 skippers for the last round in the series and what little wind there was seemed to swirl around coming in from all directions! This made the racing very tricky but Nigel somehow always seemed to be in right place at the right time as he won 5 of the 8 races. He easily won this round scoring 7 points, Daron on 13 took 2nd spot with me scoring 17 for 3rd place.

Nigel’s win confirmed him as the overall series winner with 122 points – that’s the fourth year in a row he’s won the Spring Series! John W finishes as the series runners-up on 117, with Daron taking 3rd place scoring 106.
Well done to Nigel once again 

Yacht Section Sec. Scott Smart (left) presenting the trophy to Nigel Clarke

Spring series round 5 (9th June)  results > IOM Spring Series Rd5 2019
Only 7 entered this round and raced in pretty light winds all morning. Nigel who easily won this one, Andy took 2nd place with John W in 3rd.

Wednesday night series round 3 (5th June) results > Rd3 IOM Weds Night Series 2019

7 skippers completed 8 races on the night. The racing was pretty close with all 7 racing together and 5 different winners. The Britpop boats took the top two places with Richard just nicking it scoring 12 points to Daron’s 13. Nigel finished 3rd on 15.

Spring Series round 4 (Sun 19th May) results > IOM Spring Series Rd4 2019

Only 6 skippers for this round as a few were on holiday or away racing in the PRACC series. There was a surprisingly good breeze coming from the west between the biggest trees. We raced a long zig zig course followed by a sausage leg with the finish line at the windward mark. The course made for a nice change though several skippers got lost more than a few times!
All 6 raced together taking it in turns to watch the start line which meant we completed 12 races in good time. After a recent run of poor results Scott found his racing “mojo” and won this round scoring 20 points with John W in 2nd place on 22 and Daron 3rd on 24.

Wednesday night series round 2 (15th May) results > Rd2 IOM Weds Night Series 2019
The meeting started with very light winds and it didn’t change that much all night! Scott had the No3 marker with No4 adjacent as a leeward gate a fair distance out into the lake as it was the one area that had some wind. No3 later became the windward marker when the wind switched 180 degrees and we ended up racing in the opposite direction – which confused many.
6 skippers struggled through 6 long races before the sun set and we could go home. The very fluky conditions and change of course threw up some unusual results – the most unusual was that I somehow managed to win it with a score of 8! Nigel finished 2nd on 10, and after a good start Ron picked up 3rd spot scoring 14.

Spring Series round 3 (Sun 5th May) results > IOM Spring Series Rd3 2019
Once again we had 11 skippers taking part on a fine dry morning with a fairly light westerly breeze which increased very slightly as the races progressed. Scott set a triangle/sausage course with the finish line at the windward mark which made for a long final leg and a chance to nick (or in my case) loose a few place! 10 races were run before we call it quits and turned our attention to the Bring & Buy sale.
Once again Nigel was in top form winning 4 races and 2 second places he easily won this round scoring just 8. John W was the best of the rest in second on 13. Doug and Andy tied on 18 but Doug nicks the 3rd spot on count-back.

Club district success –
well done to Richard Aucott for the win and Nigel Clarke who took 2nd spot representing Sedgemoor MBC in the IOM yacht SWDCS at Dartmoor last Sunday. Another great result for the club.

Wednesday night series round 1 (24th April) results > Rd1 IOM Weds Night Series 2019
11 skippers took part in the opening round of the series, we just about squeezed in 7 races before the light faded away. The course layout with a triangle/sausage and leeward gate was pretty much identical to Sunday’s round. The wind though was typically a Weds night affair as it drifted in and out and swung around in a moment – which always makes the racing “interesting” at times!
Nigel won the last 3 making it 4 race wins altogether so he was easily the nights winner scoring just 7 points after the 1 race discard. Richard did just enough to nick 2nd place from Bob on countback. They both scored 15, just behind were the two John’s; John Stone in 4th place on 16 points and John Woodman in 5th on 17. 

Spring Series round 2 (Sun 21st April) > IOM Spring Series Rd2 2019

We arrived to an almost completely flat calm lake and put the markers out more in hope than in expectation of doing that much racing! Scott set a triangle/sausage course with a fairly wide gate and the leeward end. 11 skippers turned up for this meeting which was a combined event for rescheduled Alice Trophy as well as round 2 of the Spring Series. With such little wind all 11 raced together taking it in turns to judge the start line.
By the 10am start time the very lightest of east/south east breeze had picked up which was just enough to keep the boats moving along, thankfully it gradually increased as it shifted to the south. Deciding which way to round the gate on the final leg often decided if you had a good or not so good race! Bob took an early lead and by the coffee break he was 2 points ahead of Nigel with Richard and John W tied for 3rd just 1 point back. From then on Nigel had a great run winning 3 races to Bob’s 2 plus a couple of 3rd spots, this was enough for him to win this event on a score of 18 points. Bob was 2nd on 24, John took 3rd on 29. I have to mention the final race as it was won by Rodney – he was very, very happy about that! 

Spring Series round 1 (Sun 31st Mar) > IOM Spring Series Rd1 2019
We had pretty good conditions with a decent north/easterly breeze which gradually increased race by race. It was a bit cooler than expected so a few woolly hats, coats and gloves appeared after the coffee break. We sailed from the right hand bank around the usual triangle/sausage course with a gate close to the bank in the right hand corner at the leeward end. Picking the right course to take on the long leg up to the No 1 windward mark proved to be the tricky bit and the quickest route was never the same one twice!
Nigel arrived with his nice new, light blue “Sedici” yacht (No55). I think Sedici means “collects debris floating in water” as he picked up something on his keel in 4 of his 11 races! Unfortunately that didn’t stop him beating me in all of them!
The good breeze meant we got through 12 races in total and in good time with 6 different skippers winning one or more of them. Doug had a good run winning races 4, 5 and 6 and took the lead for a while, then Richard came back winning 8, 9 and 11 which was enough for him to win this round scoring 17 points to Doug’s 20. John took 3rd place on 23.

Winter Series round 9 (sun 24th Feb) > IOM Winter Series Rd9 & FINAL overall standings 2018-19

Our run of nice windy meetings came to an abrupt halt this morning as we arrived at the lake to find it cloaked in fog! It had lifted by the time of the first race and the odd whisper of a breeze came in across from the east side – it was a really quiet whisper for a long time! As there were only 8 skippers for this one and such little wind it was agreed for all to stay on and take it in turns to watch the start line. Though Rod took over this duty when his rudder failed on race 3. By late morning the wind had switched around completely and was coming in from the west (through the trimmed tree!) and increased so the course was flipped 180 degrees and we could enjoy some really decent races in amazingly warm sunshine.

Nigel (left) collecting the Winter Series shield from section Secretary Scott Smart

Nigel showed why he is 2018/19 Winter Series winner as he seemed to always find the shifting wind better than all others and won this round by quite a margin of 11 points. Ron took 2nd place ahead of Doug in 3rd.

For the overall series Nigel increased his points tally to 171. I just did enough to nick 2nd place (150) ahead of Daron in 3rd (147). Ron’s good result at this one moves him up into 4th overall (139), Bob and Scott tied on 138 but its Bob who takes 5th spot on count-back.

Winter Series round 8 (Sun 10th Feb) results > IOM Winter Series Rd8 2018-19

Once again we had a good strong westerly breeze which gradually increased race by race. There were 12 skippers for this round with 2 off the water each race as RO’s. We raced the usual triangle/sausage course with a gate at the far leeward end, the gate was a bit tricky at times when sun came out as its reflection was right on top of it! For the last few races the wind was getting a bit too strong for many on their top suits, so after 12 races as everyone had been the RO twice we agreed to finish.
The green “Rocket” in the hands of Mike was in the grove right from the start winning 6 from his first 7 races, he was never going to be caught and won this round easily with a score of 13. Richard picked up 4 wins and took 2nd place scoring 18, with Doug taking 3rd on 27. Well done to Mike for winning this round.

In the overall series with just one round to go Nigel has increased his lead and cannot now be caught whatever happens at the final round in 2 weeks time. He is the 2018/19 IOM Winter Series winner. Congratulations Nigel.

Winter Series round 7 (Sun 27th Jan) results > IOM Winter Series Rd7 2018-19

It was windy – very, very windy (even by Apex standards!) coming from a north/north westerly direction with the occasional “rig breaking” gusts! Scott set the usual triangle/sausage course with a leeward gate and for the first time in a very long time everyone started on their B rig. To make the tricky conditions a bit more testing at times we had to contend with the sun reflecting off the water right across the leeward gate buoys. The first few races went pretty well then we had a run of breakdowns/bad luck. Race 3 I lost RX, though I did manage to fix it and get back for Race 6. Also in Race 3 Doug’s winch bracket broke, despite his efforts it could not be fixed – he was out. Race 4 Andy’s rudder servo failed, he did try to replace it but couldn’t – so he was out. Midway through Race 5 Scott’s jib broke, it was beyond repair and he didn’t have a C rig – so he was out. Having just finished Race 5 Bob and Richard’s jibs also broke, both switched down to their C rig and after a short delay they could continue.

Back to the racing; Bob and Richard started well, Nigel, John and Daron all had a few good results, but despite having to use his C rig from Race 6 onwards Bob finished this round in 1st place with a total of 5 wins and a score of 19. Bob is a deserved winner especially when he was on his C rig in conditions that really suited those on B. Nigel was 2nd on 22, with John 3rd on 24.

Winter Series round 6 (Sun 6th Jan 2019) results > IOM Winter Series Rd6 2018-19

As the Weatherman promised last night it was a dry but a very windy morning – perfect for some IOM racing action! The strong westerly wind was pretty constant with an occasional gust usually coming across the lake at just the wrong moment and catching a few out! We had 9 skippers taking part and all sailed on their top suits around a triangle/sausage course with the finish line in the right hand corner at the windward mark. The good breeze meant we were able to completed 14 races quite comfortably, even allowing time to replace the No1 marker after our OOD hooked it up and dragged it around for a while!
John W set the early pace with 2 wins and two 2nd places from his first 5 races, while Daron was the one to beat towards the end of the morning as he won 3 of his last 5 races. Meanwhile Doug sailing his wooden boat was rarely outside the top 3 places, he picked up 2 wins and as it turns out did just enough to win this round with a score of 19. John finished 2nd on 21, with Daron 3rd on 22. Congratulations to Doug.


Winter Series round 5 (Sun 30th Dec) results >IOM Winter Series Rd5 2018-19
We had a very light westerly breeze which meant we could race off the ramp side of the lake. Scott set a fairly long triangle/sausage course with a gate at the leeward end and an extra buoy next to windward mark for a finishing line. Many skippers gained and lost places in the long final leg run to finished line with a few having some very close finishes. For the last 3 races as the wind dropped away the course was shorten so we raced a single triangle. More often than not it was the blue and orange boats of Nigel and Andy out front in close formation, sometimes joined by Doug and/or Bob. After 9 races Nigel and Andy tied for first place both scoring 13 points, but Nigel nicks it on count-back as he had 3 wins to Andy’s 1. Doug finished in 3rd place on 18 with Bob 4th on 20. Well done to Nigel – and hard luck Andy!

Winter Series round 4 (Sun 16th Dec) results >  IOM Winter Series Rd4 2018-19

The forecast said we should have 11 to 12mph winds from the south/south west but instead we had 0 to 3mph from the North! After 2 long, painfully slow and very cold races the OOD Scott called for an early coffee break – a big cheer all around! Thankfully it picked afterwards and continued to increase which made for some very enjoyable and close racing. It was good to see Nick out sailing with us again and Clive popped along to say hello and wish us all a Merry Christmas. Right from the start Nigel Clarke was in good form, he won 3 of the 8 races and with a score of 8 points was this rounds winner. Bob Conner won 2 races and took 2nd place scoring 10, while Russ Chilcott won one race and finished in 3rd on 12.

Winter series round 3 (Sun 2nd Dec) results > IOM Winter Series Rd3 2018-19
We had a good westerly breeze which swung very slightly by the coffee break but stayed pretty constant all morning. The Section Sec. Scott Smart was away so Russ Chilcott was standing in as the OOD with Nigel Clarke and Richard Aucott helping with the course layout which consisted of two laps with a gate at the leeward end and the finish line at the windward mark. Thankfully the rain stayed away and it looks like all the autumn leaves on the lake have gone so with a decent breeze we managed to complete 13 very enjoyable races. After a slight hiccup finishing in 8th in Race 1, Richard then went on to finish in the top 3 in every race! He was by far the most consistent skipper and wins this round and by a good margin on 14 points. Nigel’s first (10th) and last (7th) races were both his discards, in between them he was best of the rest finishing in 2nd on 24 points with Bob Conner 3rd on 27.

Winter series round 2 (Sun 18th Nov) results > IOM Winter Series Rd2 2018-19
There were 11 entries who enjoyed a nice sunny morning and a decent northerly breeze which picked up slightly through the 12 races. The OOD Scott Smart set a long triangle/sausage course with a gate at the leeward end which provided a few very closes finishes at times.  Bob Conner was in great form winning his first 4 races, after the coffee break Richard Aucott and Nigel Clarke won a few and closed the gap but Bob wins this one scoring 10 points. Richard and Nigel tied on 13 but Richard takes 2nd spot on count-back as he had 3 wins to Nigel’s 2.

Winter Series round 1 (Sun 4th Nov) results > IOM Winter Series Rd1 2018-19
There were only 6 entries for the opening round of the Winter Series as some were away at district events and others may have been put off by the poor weather forecast. The meeting OOD Scott Smart set a fairly long Zig-Zag shaped course plus a gate which made it quite interesting when we started in a pretty decent southerly breeze. The wind and rain came and went in short burst throughout the morning, which made some of the races very “interesting” at times!  Nigel Clarke won the first four, but was pushed close to the line in a couple. After the coffee break he didn’t have it all his own way as others nicked a win or two, but his good start was enough for him to win this round with a score of 16. Russ Chilcott was 2nd on 19 points, with Daron Maynard 3rd on 24.

Sedgemoor are 2018 Champions! – the club has been the top scoring of the 9 clubs that entered MYA south west district IOM events in the district. Thanks to Richard Aucott, John Stone, Scott Smart, Daron Maynard, John Woodman, Mike Cooke and Nigel Clarke for making the effort to take part in the district events and putting the Sedgemoor Club into the top spot!