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!