Good turnout despite the weather. Thanks to Race Director Steve Delva.
More Water, But less wind….
The Draining/Scraping/Refilling of the Pond left us precariously low on water and forced the use of a 4-Heat HMS scenario for the IOM Region 8 Championships held February 16th – 18th (limiting fleet sizes to 11 boats). Fortunately, the Pond has mostly regained its ‘normal’ water level and only a small reef remained near the fill pipe for our February 24th Points Races.
Seventeen DF95’s took to the water in light, variable winds with RD Ben Reeve calling the line, taking down names, arbitrating disputes and narrowly avoiding protests.
Next it was Deja vu all over again as Eleven IOM’s started in moderate westerly winds. Racing was tight and clean as five skippers shared the 1st Place finishes between them.
Day 1 showed us plenty of Wind…. not so much Water. Due to low levels and limited liquid real estate, HMS with 4 Heats was utilized for the first day to reduce congestion on the Pond. The result was excellent, clean, protest-free racing. Current Standings below.