Wednesday club racing31/05/2023

6 skippers for 15 races, wind northeast 12 mph Temperature 14’ and chilly. Course 13&14 start,Yp, 13p for 2 laps and finish 11&12. The “starship enterprise” was the first to come to grief with a failed receiver so Cap Kirk ended up being offered loads of loans both from Bob who was convinced it was his boat and not his thumbs and Terry who’s boat was on the money plus some other swapping around so the scores a little bit off kilter. However an off song Buzz proved to be a good target 🎯 for most but he still managed to take the day from a hard trying George , so we’ll done guys 👏👏👏. HOWEVER the amount of contact today both on the start line and the port starboard thing and thinking more about it the zonal overlap interpretation again . These must be addressed. In addition to the quite new Fleet of boats we Already have there are 3 new boats soon joining the fleet so come on guys you know who your are let’s show a bit more consideration to our fellow skippers 😘. Baby dragon 🐉 on Sunday Sorry Glen apparently I’m 75 this weekend so kids want me to celebrate dinner and all that nonsense

Sunday Club Racing 28/05/2023

What a nice day to be sailing at CHF. Bright sunshine all day as constant wind direction slowly picking up strength from 10 till 2 North east from 5to 12 mph as the day progressed we had 6 skippers today for 16 races. On an unchanged course 13&14 start 9p, Yp 13p for 2 laps and finish 12&11 . Bob was chasing a set up with probably to many cooks etc etc. , Andy like wise spent some time to find a set up & Terry managed to stumble and snap the rudder off the boat he was loaning so was out for a early bath. Thanks to Geoff for doing the lines for us . At the front it was a close run thing between Dennis and Mick just 5 points in it for Dennis well done that man👏👏👏and some close racing from Mick to gain 2nd place. Nice day once again 😘score to follow

Wednesday Club Racing 25/05/2023

odays midweek IOM’s. 25/5/23. Wind North westerly 3 to 7 mph direction stayed constant throughout to day and strength gradually Increased as the day progressed, temperature zone got to single layers. 5 skippers plus Geoff doing the lines .Course was set 9&Y start, 1p, 9p, 1p, 9p, and 6&5 finish and despite the background noise for it to be change it remained for 13 races ( race 6 lost ?) . Bob suffered big time with some gremlins ( maybe iffy rudder servo) , Andy managed to hit a remarkable amount of marks But no one was going to catch Mick , George nearly, Terry did once . So a big well done to Mick 👏👏👏 and the rest of you TRY HARDER. It was a cracking day to be sailing and the wind constant for all. Big boats this Sunday so look forward to seeing you all then 😘

Wednesday Club Racing 17/05/2023

Todays IOM midweek meeting 17:5:23 Wind North. then South and finally. East not at all strong to start with 2 to 3 mph but slowly as the day went on the wind picked up to 6 to 7 mph even shirt sleeves were necessary by mid day. 5 skippers for the return to sailing. All starts we’re from 7&8 some towards 5 and others towards 11 then the last few races to T then 12 . A very busy day indeed regards courses changes. Andy finished worked early 10.30 so boat 09 became team Paul/ Andy . Mark T became everyone’s nemesis and more than once for a few skippers . Terry was grateful for the loan of George’s Arrival and gave it a shakedown before the weekend’s eastern district meeting at Huntingdon but not nowhere near good enough to close down todays winner being Mick on 18 points and 8 wins from Terry on 33 points and only 3 wins . Third place was shared between Paul , George & Andy with 40 points. A shout for Bob who managed a couple of wins. So we’ll done to Mick and I must say what a very enjoyable day it was . Baby dragons 🐉 on Sunday hopefully 🤞🏻. 😘

Wednesday Club Racing 26/04/2023

IOM Wednesday 26th April 2023. With Many Sailors out either due to illness or vacation, 4 boats met at the Ford on Wednesday to a Gentle 5mph Southerly wind, but with a cold edge to it. A course was set initially using 5 -6 start, up to 11, down to 5, 2 laps and a finish between 8 and 7. Keith dropped out after 3 races due to Rig problems followed by a wet transmitter. The wind swung slightly east so the course changed to starting between 5 and a pole on the bank, the turning mark as X, then 6 with 2 laps finishing between 7 and 8. Dave had to go early at Lunch time, so George and myself carried on for 3 more Match races, swapping boats (I now realise its not my boat that’s slow). Due to feeling a bit cold, and Geoff who was helping as RO also feeling it, we decided to call it a day around 12:40. A day enjoyed by all those attending even with low numbers, with only a few incidents, the most notable being 2 pairs of entanglements in the first race at the same instant, which must have been amusing . Thanks.Paul Kirk

All boats managed a win, and racing was close and competitive. Thanks to Geoff , Keith, George and Dave. Let’s hope it warms up soon.

Sunday Club Racing 23/04/2023

Sunday 23rd April 2023. 6 Boats arrived at the Fort to a very light south westerly wind that was veering more west. Geoff stayed for 3/4 or the races and helped with the starts and finishes, and we were also joined by James to watch a few races. The heavens opened and unfortunately we all got thoroughly wet. Bob had Transmitter issues from the go, so went early rather that spectate in the wet. The course started as a simple 7-8 Start, up to 12, down to 5, another lap and finish between 7-8. With a few changes in start line to 8 and 9, and turning round 12 and Y we managed to get in 9 Races (We thought we had done 10 but using a damp pencil on Geoff’s board one race had been jumped, causing the confusion). We all agreed to skip lunch and end by about 12:30 as the rain held but the wind was getting lighter, and patchy. Terry was absent today as he’s feeling unwell and the whole IOM fleet send their get well wishes. A Damp but enjoyable day had by all, with very few rule infringements and everyone behaving. Thanks, Paul

Wednesday Club Racing 12/04/2023

Todays midweek IOMS. 12/4/23. Wind south westerly 17 to 30 mph Temperature mild but such a cold edge to the winds and one 10 minute heavy down poor . 6 skippers all starting on A’s for 10 races , the course wax set as Start 7&8, 13p, 5p, and finish 7&8. This was later change to 7&8 start , 13p, 8p, 13p, 5p, and finish 7&8. We had casualties right from the get go with Jib problems for Paul and terminal winch problems for Terry . Paul recovered to get himself a couple of wins and Terry was kindly offered boat loans from Keith,George, Bob and Mick . In the break GBR fleet all ( rightly) change down to C rigs for a couple of races before it was unanimously decided to quit whilst still able . Mick had a particularly good day to win overall with George and Paul finishing level on points but Paul’s race wins gave him 2nd place and 3rd for George. Well done guys and particularly for braving the predicted forecast👍

Wednesday Club Racing 05/04/2023

Today’s midweek IOMs. 5/4/23. Wind , where do you start mostly Northeast but strength and direction very changeable from 1 to 6 mph . Temperature ,coats off for the first time this year from midday onwards 12’ . 6 skippers today all using A’s for 13 very varied races with a relaxed start due to no wind and finishing at 2o/c . Course we’re many and varied and changed far to many times to begin listening them. It was nice to see a breakdown free day for once and a lot of tweaking going on in a attempt to keep up with the wind changes, but it did pay off because most skippers improved on their set up . Buzz took awhile but once set he was away but for a change he stayed catchable, Mick gave it a good go for second and a much more sorted Dave in third place , so congrats you guys 👏👏👏. Good but testing day , Sorry for the score card , hour and a half fannying around with WiFi unsuccessfully is to much .

Wednesday Club Racing 29/03/2023

[19:13, 29/03/2023] Terry Wright: Today 29-3-23 midweek IOMS Wind Southerly 10 mph and building up to 15 mph . Temperature 12’. 7 skippers today for 16 races from 10.05 till 1.55 all on A rigs untill Allan shifted to B’s having had a torrid time on A’s . The course took advantage of the true southerly direction. Start 7&8, 12p 11p, 5 p, 11p, 5p and finish 7 & flag . As a result of to many skippers crowding mark 7 on the start line a throw in mark had to be rounded prior to crossing the start line. Paul had to leave early ( not all bad news he had to take the wife to the airport going home to Brazil for three weeks 😁)& about this time Allan put his B’ rig on and got himself a couple of wins . Keith started to suffer from some re occurrence of rudder throw . But the front runners kept the pressure on with some truly good races with Terry coming out on top from Mick then George so we’ll done to those guys👏👏👏. I must point out that rule 18.3 was the big issue and the sooner this gets aired in the class room the better. Having said that the attitude was brilliant once again and overall one of a best days this year. Baby dragons 🐉 this Sunday so let’s get those boats out 😘 Oh , did anyone lose a chair “Normal salvage terms apply” TW

Final Round (6) Numb Thumbs 26/03/2023

Sunday 26 th March. Round 6 ( final round) of the 22/23 Numb Thumbs winter series Wind NNW 6mph and gradually swing to NNE and 13mph through the day Temperature 8’ and a constant very fine drizzle most of the day . 5 skippers had 16 races from 10-10 till 2-15 . It was hard to keep up with the wind changes and keep your boat in the right set up with constant minor tweaks necessary The course need a slight change from starting at 9&Y. 2p, 9p,2p, 9p, and finish 7&8 to. Start 7&Y, 4p, 12p, 4p, 12p, and finish 7&8. On the day Buzz won , Dennis 2nd & Terry 3rd ……… as for the championship that was won by Buzz on 4 points from Dennis on 10 points and Mick on 13 points. So a huge well done to Buzz 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 and a big congratulations to Dennis and Mick.

Wednesday Club Racing 22/03/23

Midweek IOMs 22/3/23. Wind south westerly 16mph. Temperature 11’ and dull. 4 skippers today all using B rigs for 18 races from 10 till 1.40 the course was set at 11&12 start 13p, 9p, 13p, 9p, and finish 11&12. Mick had his boat set nice right from the get go and took the days win quite conveniently from Terry then Dave and Bob , so we’ll done To Mick 👏 Final round of the Numb Thumbs this coming Sunday and so far we have : Mick, Bob. Buzz, George, Andy, Dennis, Terry and hopefully Jim attending

Wednesday Club Racing 14/03/2023

Today 15/3/23 Midweek IOM Meeting. Wind Southerly 5 lifting to 9 mph with large shifts from westerly then easterly. Temperature a sunny 8’. 6 skippers today all using A rigs and without any major issues ( that’s what happens when Paul’s absent) the first course was start 5&6, 11p, 6p, 11p, 6p, and finish 11&12 and for the last 4 of 13 races the course was 7&8 start 15p , 5p, 15p, 5p, and finish 7&8 . I didn’t have my phone in my pocket but I bet it was a 4 mile+ walk today. The most noticeable thing was how close the fleet was , apart from Buzz who liked to play on his own . With the wind swinging around you could get lucky and catch a break or go from the front to the back so so easily. So a win for Buzz on 13 points from Mick on 26 points and Terry on 29 points. A shout for George who managed 3 wins 👏and we’ll done those at the pointy end 👏👏👏. Baby dragons 🐉 on Sunday hope to see you all then 😘

forgot to mention we used Micks Tablet with the Afleet app and things went well. According to Buzz he threw 3 races so others could get used to using it . And once again thanks Mick for setting it up and making it possible 👏👏👏 TW.

Wednesday Club Racing 01/03/2023

Wind North East 8 mph at best slowly dropping off through the day to 6 mph . Temperature ^*># ~%^cold 7 skippers today all on A’s for 16 l o n g > races from 10.10 till 14.05 course 1. Was 7&Y start , 5p,12p, 5p,12p and finish 11&12. For 9 races then after lunch the course was change to 11&12 start, 5 p, 13p, 5p , 13p, and finish 11&12 . For those unhappy with the course change you might be happy to here I walked only 5.4 miles. The only boat issues were with Andy’s V8 and once the set up was sorted things improved. So what can we say Buzz taking 16 from 16 👏👏👏👏👏👏and scoring 13 points from Terry on 30 points(10 2nd places) and Dave in third with 43 points. A very well fought out day with many skippers trying different routes on the long beat. In truth it was only the first few races that you could get near Buzz whilst he was fine tuning his Vision then her was gone . Less contact in todays lower winds thankfully. So we’ll done to those at the pointy end 👏👏👏and thank you all for a great days sport. 😘 TW

Sunday 26/02/2023 Numb Thumbs Round 5

Todays NUMB THUMB results and report 26 th February IOM 5th round. 8 skippers were greeted by some very cold North Easterly winds starting around 12 mph , temperature 6’ with a very low sun giving off a glare right across the start line . A course was set a remained in change : start 13&14 , Y p, 13p, Yp, 13p, and finish 11&12. We got in 18 races by just after 2o/c and the rain came in after threatening al day so the fleet decided to pack up asap. Fortunately the rained didn’t actually happen. George and Buzz started the day on A rigs & the rest started and remained on B’s throughout the day. By race 4 A’s prove to be to much for the increasing winds and both skippers changed ti B’s in the 1 st break, and the wind stayed pretty consistent speed wise with a slight shift. We had several reliability issues going on throughout the day with Bob , Andy, Keith, George, Dennis all failing to score , but Buzz was chasing a rudder gremlin from about half way through the day, by this time we were in proper B rig territory & to much contact was going on . Those at the pointy end were being very generous particularly at mark Y to the chaser’s. I lack the correct terminology but ( bloody minded) springs to mind . Having said that it was a hard fought day with some very close racing going on . Mick kept the pressure on Buzz and Dennis and Terry were at it all day . With the outcome giving Mick the win on 24 points & Dennis and Terry on 41 points with Dennis taking 2nd place on count-back leaving Terry in 3rd . Hopefully no big damage ,just minor maintenance to be done . Well done you guys on the rostrum 👍👍👍with one more round to go . Yet again big cheer for Geoff who sat in the cold all day doing the lines 👏 😘 TW

Wednesday Club Racing 22/02/2023

Wind North west shifting to westerly at 7 mph at 10 o/c dropping to 4 mph at close of play . Temperature 10’ and dull . 9 skippers today all using A rigs for 16 races. The courses today were a struggle to come up with and we started with 12&11 start, 13 p, 9 p, 13p, 9 p, & finish 12 and pole. From races 11 we change the course to 8&9 start,12p 10s, 13p , 9p, and finish 12& pole. The 10 starboard mark let the day down being so difficult to see ( even the clear ahead boat hit it twice) but as for the rest of the fleet Ive got to say the behaviour was out of order . Reliability was generally good , Bob being the only real victim missing the first 3 races due to a winch having a hissy fit. Paul’s boat stayed the course for the day ( just Paul broke down this time ). You could sense a really battle going on all day a that proved the case once the scores were done with 3 skippers 2 points apart. But not enough to trouble Buzz with 15 wins and 13 points , from Mick on 31 points and a deserved George in 3rd on 54 points. Keith and Terry hot on his heels on 55 points apiece. Lucky for us the rain was of minor consequence . And a big thanks to Geoff for start and finishing line duties , it will come hard when we have to go back to the winner doing it again won’t it Buzz . Anyway we’ll done you guys at the pointy end 👏👏👏. PS It’s the next round of the numb thumbs this coming Sunday so hope to see lots of you there  

Wednesday Club Racing 15/02/2023

Todays midweek IOMs15/2/23. Wind very much as predicted Southerly 6mph and gradually picking up to 11 mph . Temperature chilly to start but coats off by midday Course was set at 7&8 start , 14p, 7p, 14p, 7p, and finish 12 & flag this was hood for all 16 races from 10.05 to 2.05 we had 7 skippers all using A rigs an no major failures to report ( thanks Paul) . However there were some heavy thumps. Causing both Mick and Terry to score max + 1. Once again it looks like we need to revisit this issue asap. The less said the better right now . As you will see Buzz had a great day and coming from the rear at times 👏👏👏followed by a 3 way battle for second, a real good effort 👏👏👏 . ☹️. Baby dragons 🐉 this Sunday ( club day)

Wednesday Club Racing 08/02/2023

Today 8th February IOMs Midweek Wednesday. A delayed start today due to the heavy mist , icy roads & -2’ temperature at 10 o/c . Wind none until pushing 11 o/c then a bit from the Northerly so a course was set for the 10 keen to get going skippers : start 7&8 , 5p, 12p, and finish at 7&8. The wind gradually picked up to quite a nice speed by lunch time . However no soon than a blink of your eye it was all change to a Southerly, this time the course was altered completely to start 11&12 , 13p, 9p8p 13p9p, 8p, and finish 11&12 . A final course change for the last few races start 11&12 , 14, 7p, 14p, 7p, and finish 11&12. A good days sailing in the end after an iffy start and some tricky conditions but ! Feel the need to show some concern about the amount of contact at the marks ,far to many port boats offending and ruining starboard boats races and once again an obvious lack of understanding . Our training evening can’t come quick enough. Having moaned on its was still a great days racing. Anyway No guesses who won Buzz on 12 points from a hard trying Terry on 34 points and Keith having a better day at last on 37 points, well done guys 👏👏👏also only Paul suffering with extra weight onboard ( gremlins) otherwise a reliable fleet. TW.

Wednesday Club Racing 01/02/2023

[17:07, 01/02/2023] Terry Wright: Today 1.2.23 midweek IOMs Wind Southwest swinging to Westerly 8-10 mph Temperature 8’ 9 skippers today should have been 10 but Paul threw a winch before the get go Terry stepped down as RO due to the fact he’d lost his voice and handed over the reins to Paul who set the course at 8&9 start, 13p, 9p, 13p, 9p, and finish 7& flag, we got 16 races in from 10.05 till 14.05 with our normal couple of breaks.we had a couple of visits to the dark side and Andy’s winch finally crying “ enough”. I couldn’t help but notice a few strange set ups where the radio’s were not set up properly . The racing was tough with some big gust but not many gained by getting fluky lifts . Again it was Buzz giving a master class on how to sail through the fleet because the start line was a dangerous place to be most races . Mick and Terry had a day long battle with some very close racing & an even closer points tally. So Buzz on 15 points from Mick on 32 & Terry on 35 points in third , so we’ll done guys 👏👏👏. It’s the 5th round of the winter series for our Baby dragons 🐉 this coming Sunday so get your wellies out and support your club 😘
[17:37, 01/02/2023] Terry Wright

Sorry a big shout for Paul for taking the reins particularly after the disappointing start to the day 👏

Sunday 29/01/2023 Numb Thumbs Round 4

29/1/23 round 4 Numb Thumbs 22/23 winter series Wind 8mph south westerly temperature 6’ and felt colder and dull . 10 skippers today all using A’ rigs for “15“ races yes 15 not 16 as thought , can only 🤔 what went wrong there. The outstanding feature of the day has got to be from 150 start 148 finishes, “ blinding result“
Also we had 6 different race winners , again all points to a good days competitive racing. A difficult course to set with the marks we have showing so 8&9 start, 13p, 4 p, 13 p, 4p & finish 7&Y for 12 races after that a spreader was used after 4 we rounded 5 to port and finished 7& flag. Most races there was and infringement on the start line and this prove very difficult to police. “ roll on our tutorial evening “. With the combativeness though the day I was surprised to see the points spread so far apart at the pointy end . However after a slow start to the day Buzz finally sorted himself out for a strong finish to win on 22 points from Vernon on 30 points and Jim on 54 points well done guys 👏👏👏. All in all a good days sport seemed to be the word in the car park .Guess that’s it until the 26thFebruary for the 5th round . Baby dragons next week bring your wellies 😘 TW.

Wednesday club Racing25/01/2023

25/1/23 Midweek IOM WIND Southwest 4/5 mph Temperature 3’ felt much colder and as dull as dish water. 3 skippers today and 4 visitors. A rigs for all boats and a difficult course to set keeping the walking down due to Bobs dodgy foot. A really pleasant day with regard the wind to be sailing with a slight shift occurring throughout the day and ready to catch the unwary out. Geoff was there to do the score card for us all day, Young Master Coster called in as did James and Andy both skiving from work I might add & knicked the tranny’s from Mick and Terry whilst they had lunch. ( I mentioned this just to emphasise our friendship within the members) . So to the racing from 10.15 till 1.30 we had 12 races with the course set at start 8&9,12p,4p,12p,4p, and finish 7&Y. Terry had a well set up boat and won with 11 points from Mick on 17 points and Bob on 29 points. Well done to everyone for turning up 👏👏👏.TW

It appears there is keen interest in Sundays 4 th round of the winter series and we have Keith, Bob , Andy, George, Mick, Jim, Dennis , Buzz and Terry indicated their interest so come on guys Let me have your names to add to the list 😘

Sunday 22/01/2023 Numb Thumbs Round 3

Today round 3 of the Numb Thumb Winter Series 22:1:23 Wind 3-5 mph westerly untill race 8 then north west onwards. Temperature 3’ and very sunny. We had 11 skippers today who all opted for A rigs for 16 races from 10.05 till 14.30 the first 8 were on a course of 8&9 start, 12p, 10 s, 13 p, 9p, and finish 12& flag. The next 8 races was start 4&5,1p, 9p,and finish 5&6 . It was nice to welcome Ian as our guest and the return of Vernon guesting for the day , also to see new members Allan and Colin do battle in a open meeting and I’m sure found it a bit strange with some of the verbal aggression & if not for their sake then for the sake of the public we need to tone it down please guys. Having said that it was a really great days racing in poorish conditions, certainly challenging . It was a close call on who won the day and it was Vernon who nicked it by 1 point from Jim with Buzz struggling down wind in third .4th for Dennis this time out and a mediocre 5th for Terry.

Hope to see you all again next Sunday for round 4 of the series. Particularly you new guys and I’ll try to get the exchange of opinions regards the finer parts ( very fine ) of the rule book explained quieter 😘 TW

Wednesday Club Racing 18/01/2023

Today’s midweek IOMs 18.1.23 . Wind westerly all day at 8 mph and dropping off gradually to 5mph through the day. Temperature 3’ and bright ( felt warmer). 7 skippers today all on A’s . course was truly difficult to set out and we settled on 8&9 Start, 12p, 10s, 13p, 9p and finish 12 & flag. Being a short beat to the first windward mark meant a lot of crowding , then the next mark was only just above the very high water and over on the dark side so a good few managed to miss it followed by the next windward mark that could only be approached on a port tack and that caused a fare bit of grief both going in and rounding into traffic. The run back to 9 kept you on your toes with it being a reach at times. For once it’s nice to report very few breakdowns with only 1 none finish and 2 none starts . George had a very fast boat but did collect 13 penalties ( he gave tiredness as the cause). Got to give a thumbs up to Allan on getting his first win since joining us recently 👍. Mick and Terry had twin boats when they were together you couldn’t separate them & ended with only 3 points apart . Buzz had a slow start then decided to take things seriously and became the normal P. I. T. A by winning 50% of the races and taking the day on 20 points from Mick on 30 points and closely followed by Terry (dry today) on 33 points in third. We managed to rap things up at 2o/c after 16 well contested heats. I think everyone felt we had a really good days sailing. PS . 3 round of the Numb Thumbs Sunday looking forward to that and don’t forget your wellies. 😘 T.W.

Wednesday Club Racing 11/01/2023

Todays IOM 11/1/23. Wind southwest 13 mph Temperature 8’ dry and reasonably bright . 6 skippers today all using B rigs in the hope that the predicted stronger winds were on their way the course was set at 7&Y start 13p, Tp, 13p, Tp, and finish 7&Y for 13 races from 10.15 till 2 o/c and the threat of rain looming fast. The higher winds did arrive so everyone was happy to be on the correct rig. Through the day Paul managed to bend his rudder about 70’ from vertical and looked like his could go foiling, so he retired, Dave suffered a complicated swivel disassembly and had to fit his C rig . Bobs MX18 just went off the boil latter to find the Cunningham had broken and Terry never got going due to his tranny getting wet….he was however thankful for the lone of George Mick & Paul’s boats through out the day . So it was Buzz who won the day on 14 points but was determined to make it look difficult Mick chased him down Finishing on 24 points and George in third on 42 points👏👏👏 well done guy . Some good racing in strange at time’s conditions

Wednesday Club Racing 04/01/2023

Midweek IOMs 4/1/23. Wind south west swinging to Westerly at times 18 – 25 mph , temperature 14’ and dry 9 skippers today re-enacting that old classic 10 green bottles hanging on the wall…. Whilst it was hard to decide if it was A’s or B’s the class captain did have to false the issue and start the racing at 10 o/c ready or not ( please guys don’t sit on the fence ) neither was the right choice but B’s was the one to go for . From then on it was chaos , in practice Terry found he had to much water ingress to risk the boat. Alan in practice had his winch jump , tangle and mangle . 2 down , Bob found his C’s no good 3 down and Keith I believe was another winch issue 4 down . The course was set at 7&Y start, 13 p, 8p, 13p, 8p & finish 11&12 . I think we change 8p for 9p at race 8 onwards until the end of play after 16 races at 14/10o/c . By which time we lost Mick in race 9 with a snapped shroud wire. From race 11 onwards it was C’s allround so this put Bob out .& by race 15 George retired with an exhausted battery, so only 3 skippers saw out the day. On reflection there was a lot of none finishers due to the battering the boats were taking. And there will be some repairs going on this week I expect. At the end of the day we saw Buzz come out on top with19 points from Dave on 33.3 points then George in third on 41.5 points we’ll survived you guys 👏👏👏👏👏. You will notice the unusual scoring , this was due to the very kind Offers from George, Bob, Andy and Dave to loan theirs boats to Terry for 6 races & they were awarded average points scores so thank you guy very ,very much. It was a great day with 10 members turning up Geoff helping once again on the start/ finish line. And a pity about the boat failures. 😘

Wednesday Club Racing 28/12/2022

28/12/22 midweek IOMs. Wind Southerly 20-35 mph Temperature 10’ felt like 5’ with some horizontal rain at times. 5 skippers today all using C rigs , we had 3 bouts of 4 races in each giving us time to recover from the battering wind at times try to put you on your backside. Course was 7&Y start, 12p, 5p, 12p, 5p, and finish 7&8. Whilst a short course for IOMs it was long enough for the body.Paul, Dave and Andy had a few minor issues beset them throughout the day, but it was great fun to be able to challenge in such strong winds with even the C rigs nose diving on the odd occasion and boy did they fly when beating away from mark 6 . Buzz got a perfect 12 from 12 wins giving him 10 points from Terry on 22 points and Dave in third on 34 points .well done men 👏👏👏. And glad to be home and drying out but wouldn’t have missed those winds “brilliant”. 😘

Wednesday Club Racing 21/12/2022

Todays IOM sailing. 21/12/22. Wind Southerly swing to southwest 8 mph falling off to 5 mph . Temperature 7’ , Rain wet . So nothing like forecast . Lots of skippers today but not so many boats & lots of unreliability issues. Our newest member Colin spent the day with use practicing with his Widget and progressed with tuning , Bob visiting in his wheelchair got a couple of races in , Geoff once again officiated and Paul once again had issues , Our other new guy Alan had a frustrating day with set up issues and not really the kind of day to solve them ,the course for the day picked it’s self really 7&8 start. 14p, 5p, 14p, 5p, and finish at 11&12. We got 9 races in due to a short day partly due to Terry’s boat dying mid race and sailing straight to the end wall , with the weather worsening the fleet decide to stop and call it a day and help recover the stranded boat. So a big thanks to Buzz and George. Back to racing it was 9 wins for Buzz and primarily Dennis giving chase, and the odd try from Paul, George or Terry. So Buzz on 7 points from Dennis on 16 and George on21 points well done guys 👏👏👏 as for the reliability issues Paul’s Malteser a none starter,Dave only managed 3 finishes and Terry’s issue seems to be a drowned tranny despite being in a muff( would you like me to burn it for you Paul). Anyway a great day for the members to exchange Christmas greetings and a reminder we will be sailing next Wednesday . So hears wishing your Christmas is ok 😘

Wednesday Club Racing 14/12/2022

Todays racing was In bright sunny 0’ conditions with a 8 mph north north west wind from 10.30 till 12.30 with 3.5 skippers for 8 races . Course was 11&12 start ,5p,11p, 5p,11p and finish 7&8 . We had visits from Colin ( our newest member) and James who not only nicked my boat but also my 🧤 gloves . Buzz won all but one race with Terry chasing him but to cold to tweak his boat so 2nd places was it , and Dave who endlessly was tuning his boat got closer as the short day went on. NB it’s baby dragons for the last Sunday before Christmas in what looks like warmer conditions 🤞🏻 and we have Buzz , Colin& Terry so far indicating their intentions to be there. 😘

IOM Wednesday Club Racing 30/11/2022

Todays IOM Wednesday 30th November. Wind 0-2 mph from the north temperature 8’ going down to 5’ 4 skippers + Geoff, Keith and Colin hopefully to join us permanently and our pushy treasurer James hoping to claw in some more subs( 10/10 for enthusiasms ) . All the skippers were on A’s for 8 races the course was 5&6 start, 1p, 5p, and finish 1& flag. These ere were very long and tedious affairs with a lot of drifting backwards at times. Needless to say Buzz coped the best with our new member Alan chasing him hard and even won a race 👏team 66 comprising of new guy Colin , boatless Keith and disheartened Terry sailed the britpop and without a doubt Colin got to grips with it very quickly and smoothly . We called it a day a bit early due to the conditions. It looked a lot more busy due to our visitors and some good sailing chat accompanying our 8 races . DONT FORGET ITS THE. AGM SATURDAY &. Baby dragons 🐉 Sunday😘

IOM Thames Cup/Icicle Trophy/Numb Thumbs Rnd. 2 20/11/2022

The early rain had all but disappeared by 10 am, but the start was delayed a little whilst we waited for the wind direction to settle down. Unfortunately, the direction it settled on was Westerly, meaning the fort would cast a huge shadow over the middle of the lake & compromise course setting all day for the 15 skippers attending the event.
Initially a course was set at the north end of the lake, consisting 3 beats & 2 runs, on which 8 races were completed before lunch break was called. Sailing was difficult with a less than ideal start line & many big shifts over the course, however, the whole fleet were very accepting of the difficulties posed by the wind direction & tried to make the best of it. At the break, Colin was leading the way, Vernon & Dorian equal second, while just as few points separated the next 5 places.
Lunch break saw the course moved to the southern end of the lake where the wind had filled in, offering better sailing, albeit still with a compromised start line. once again the fleet were accepting of the difficulties in setting a course & completed a total of 15 races before the 3.30pm cut off time.
Prizes were awarded to the top 6 places, Colin running out overall winner was awarded the Coventry trophy, Vernon & Dorian’s day long battle was finally won by just 4 points in Vernon’s favour, whilst Buzz put together some consistent finishes after lunch to take forth spot & claim the Icicle trophy as the host club’s highest finisher.

Numb Thumbs Round 2 Results

Note Terry wright/Glen Meeckoms/James Beale/Geoff Howell receive series average points for round 2, as acting Race team for open event.

16/11/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Wednesday 16/11/22 midweek IOMs. Wind Southerly 10mph temperature 12 ‘ and threatening. 5 skippers today all using A’s for 16 races , course 7&Y start, 11p, 6p, 11p, 6p & finish 7&8. . What a nice wind direction and strength for some really great racing. It seemed that all the skippers were tweaking their boats throughout the day . Bobs was right on the money and with more tactical experience will be in the mix , Terry was sailing George’s Arrival and after the first break had that going well after some reassuring advice from Paul who visited after getting out of the grid lock in grays. It was great to see Buzz beaten for 25% of the races and sometimes reachable . Fair to say Dave spent a lot of time sorting a set up and was losing out on the run all of the time. Terry retired from the last 5 races as did Mick for the last 4 . ( don’t worry George the boats ok) So then a well done to Buzz on 14 points from Mick on 32 and Dave on 40. N.B. Don’t forget it’s the IOM Thames trophy and the 2nd round of the Numb Thumbs this Sunday so if your not racing you come come along and heckle if you want. 😘

09/11/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Today 9.11. 22 Midweek IOM Wind SSW 13mph , Temperature 14’ and sunny.5 skippers today all using B rigs course TIM and Y. 13p, Xp, 7s , Tp and finish 7&8 for 18 races. Keith’s boat started off with a poor set up but gradually got it tuned in , Bobs boat was on the money but needed to come to terms with the constant swing in the wind . The first beat always looked like game on but after the first mark the fleet had split up and became a bit processional and easy to protect your place . After Terry lost his fin and bulb there was a lot of generous boat swapping so the scores are a little off kilter but it was a definite win for Mick on 21 points from Andy on 29 and the rest miles away. A good days racing and great to see Nick & Robbie make a visit . We’ll done Mick and Andy👏👏👏. N.B. Big Dragons 🐉 this coming Sunday. & a early reminder on the 20th is our IOM OPEN MEETING and there’s still lots of you not booked in yet . And if your interested in helping (DF65 &DF95 skippers) please let Glen know. Our membership is in a development stage of learning how / what it takes to run open events and the only way is to learn from those with the knowledge so feel free to ask if you can assist in any way. 😘 Sorry no Afleet results this week it’s flat..

02/11/2022 Wednesday club racing

Today 2.11.22. Midweek IOMs wind southerly 16mph gradually lifting to 24 mph + Temperature a bright but chilly 13’ . 5 skippers today all using B’s for 12 races from 10.05 till 12.45 the course start 7&Y, 14p, 5p, and finish 7&8. We had 4 races before our tea break then another 5 before lunch then 2 more before a sudden change in conditions. Paul was extremely lucky to get his boat back after the large deck patch become really lose and nearly sunk the boat , we finished the 12th race only to find 3 more boats with damage and with the conditions worsening the group felt it best to call it a day. Once again Geoff kept control of the lines 👏👏👏 & is off to see the next F1 GP live. ( lucky boy). Mark 14 seemed to be a busy place with quite a lot of position change’s and an awful lot of luffing up at mark 8. Paul took the spoils from Mick then Terry and then George hitting the sweet spot only to have his run finish early due to the conditions . Good while it lasted and we will live to fight another day.

27/10/2022 Wednesday club racing

Today midweek IOMs 26.10.22. Wind southerly 17 mph and gradually increasing as the day progressed to 24 mph . Temperature a wind chilling 18’. 8 skippers today all using B’s for 16 short but hard fought races mainly against the conditions rather than the fleet. These took place from 10.15 till 2.10 The course was set at 7&Y start, 14p, 5p, and finish 11&12. Later this was change to 8p rather than 5p. There was time spent when Paul and Keith followed George’s earlier decision to go on to C’s & later the fleet stopped sailing whilst the remaining skippers all went to C’s. These conditions prove very difficult particularly for those whose rig were not in tune with their boats/ trannies . Buzz had a torrid mid session recording 6 none finishes, Paul lost a rudder once again, Keith lost his sheeting tension both having to retire early. Bob shuffling with jib sheeting getting caught around his ram, George just ran out of adjustment and all this playing into a recovering Buzz who won the last 6 race’s . By this time if you troubled to look at the Thames it was really choppy . Anyway one skipper made it look really easy with his flying Vicker’s was Andy who quite deservedly won the day by a mile on 22 points from Mick on 37 who had a good mid session and a hard charging Buzz on 38 points. Every point won today was hard fought for and a big well done to Andy( isn’t it time you went back to work)👏👏👏& Mick & Buzz for chasing him down 👏👏. 😘

23/10/2022 Numb Thumbs IOM Winter Series

Numb Thumbs Round 1 Wind not as forecast an on / off affair ranging from 3 mph to 8 mph with the direction mostly southerly ,temperature 15’ , Rain very very heavy at times. 7 skippers today for 16 races from 10 till 2 , we packed up early ish due to more than a few skippers wet and grumpy. We raced a long and short course depending on the wind strength with the start at 5&6,Yp, 2p, and finish 5&6 or 5&6 start, Yp, 2p, 5p,2p,and finish 5&6. James stood in as Race Officer for the day & many thanks for that 👏, Geoff helped out in the finishing line 👏 James was also disappointed in not catching many zealous skippers on the start line and didn’t have to call many skippers because they all were doing their penalties voluntarily, Terry causing him a little concern with some port/ starboard contact but it was very dark. Unfortunately Andy’s boat let go early but on the plus side he did offer some good advice to Bob who finally got the boat competitive. As for the racing it was a all Buzz and Dennis affair those being the only two to win race’s and their points tally was way ahead of third place Terry. So on 15 points it was Buzz , from Dennis on 21 and a distant 3rd was Terry on 43. So we’ll done to those at the pointy end of the fleet 👏👏👏and let’s hope for a better attendance and weather at the next round that will be held in conjunction with the open meeting on 20th November 22

19/10/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Today’s IOM MIDWEEK MEETING. Wind North East to East 18 mph plus at times Temperature 16’ but felt much colder in the wind . 5 skippers today all using B’s for 16 races from 10.10 till 1.30 and by then it was getting towards C rigs and with the fleet down to 3 we called it a day . The first course was start 13&14, 10p, 13p,10p,13p, and finish 12& flag this was changed for th final 7 races to 13&14 start Xp, 12p, 13p, Xp, 12p,13p, and finish 12& flag. Bob had the MX18 flying as did George using his Titan today, Paul also demonstrated his Malteser was on the money with 3 early wins then he lost full rudder control and retired the boat given what the conditions were, then soon after Mick suffered with water in the pot( hopefully just a loose lid). Both Terry and George loaned their boats out to Mick and Paul for a couple of races towards the end of the session.As for the points it finished Terry on 25 from Mick on 36 & George on 38 so we’ll done to those at the sharp end and once again big thanks to Geoff for doing the start line and finish line 👏👏👏all that remains is to get them boats up and running for this Sunday’s opening round of the winter series 😘 (Terry)

12/10/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Todays IOM 12.10.22 Wind 4 mph from the south Temperature a chilly 8’ 8 skippers today for 14 races on a course for the first 4 races 1&2 start, 5p, 1 p, 5p, 1 p & finish 5&6 . As the wind arrived we moved the course to 7&8 start, 14p, 7 p, 14 p, 7 p, & 11&12 finish and .this was in much warmer conditions ( coats off) and a stiffer breeze 10 mph with the odd nose dive moment with all the fleet on A rigs . Fair to say Keith had a mare of a day with his newly built rig , Nick suffering from a slipping swivel, Paul gave himself the kiss of death by keep saying it hasn’t broke done yet, well guess what “ it did” , George’s boat was flying and Mick and Terry spent most of the day in mortal combat. So you guessed it Buzz was off and away for the most part with only Mick besting him on 3 occasions Buzz scoring 12.4 from Mick 27 and Terry chasing hard on 34. We have to once again thank Geoff for keeping the scores. A task very much appreciated Well done to the guys at the pointy end 👏👏👏👏👏😘. PS Baby dragons 🐉 this Sunday

05/10/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Today 5.10.22 midweek IOMs. WIND @ 10o/c 15 mph but at 1o/c it was blowing you over and dangerous to be near the waters edge. And the whole time a south westerly causing huge nose dives on C rigs and for most skippers not Possible to tack hence the early finish plus a monster rain cloud heading our way. 7 skippers today all on Cs after one race , a lot of boat failures today , I believe there was 3 C rigs being used for the first time and frankly not ready for the conditions, one rig had not beeen used since 2006. But also a lot of breakages . This resulted in only 7 races due to half the fleet in the pits . Dave C was quick right out of the box but faded a bit where as Mick got a wriggle on towards the end and took the day on 9 points from Dave on 13 and Terry on 15.8. Buzz was saving his Vision for a forth coming event so suffered using something very old and it was great to see him struggle. For Bob, Paul and Keith a day to forget. The course stayed the same all morning 7&8 start 14p, 8p,14p, 8p. and 11&12 finish 😘

28/09/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Today’s midweek IOMs wind north westerly 8mph temperature 15-18’ . 6 skippers today all using A’s for 13 races from 10.05 till 14.05 o/c on a course 4&6 start 1 p, 9p, 1p, 9p, and finish 4&6 . No dramas no fuss no issues no protests all a bit processional really. 3 groups of 2 Mick and Dennis at the front George and Terry in the middle and two ill handling boats of Paul and Bob towards the rear . The wind was the real contestant with the leader often the one to suffer with one or two freaky results but it did keep you on your toes . So we’ll done to Dennis on a rare midweek visit on 14 points , from Mick on 18 and Terry way back on 33 points and George close on 36 points . So a good quite days sport👍👍👍. PS ITS BABY DRAGON 🐉 SUNDAY so let’s be seeing you all. 😘

25/09/2022 Sunday Club Racing

Numbers down today due to members competing at open meetings, so the initial 3 skippers were joined by James, who due to work commitments didn’t have a boat. After race 5 we were also happy to have Nick joining us for the rest of the day. NNE wind around 10mph made course setting easy, start 7 & 8, 2 port, Y port, 2 port, Y port, finishing between 5 & 6. James stayed until race 10, with skippers taking it in turn to miss out a race & share boats. After midday the wind went into ‘super shifty’ mode, with swings of 45 degrees not uncommon, keeping it interesting for the boats.
Didn’t bother with proper score system as we raced under names rather than numbers today to take into account we were swapping boats. With 14 races completed we had 2 discards, making the scores tight. Obviously with James leaving early & Nick missing the first 5 races things would have been even tighter.
Nice relaxed day’s sailing with the chance to race a few different boats to keep it interesting. Thanks to all who supported the day & provided some very good racing.
Glenn 23
Keith 24
George 25
James 32
Nick 35

21/09/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

21.9.22 midweek IOMs. Wind 0-3 mph from all directions, temperature warming to 22’ and some particular strange cloud formations overhead. 8 skippers today all using A’s for 16 races mostly starting at 7&8, 11p, 5p and finishing 7&8 some races for 2 laps . There were several other courses tried throughout the 10 o/c start and 14.10 finish . A real testing day that witnessed Buzz only winning 7 of the races with Mick and Keith 3 apiece, Paul 2 and George 1. None the less he took the day on 21 points from Mick on 32& Keith on 33. Once again expectable manners throughout ( hard not to really) in such low winds conditions & zero boat failure apart from Paul took a sleep break midday. Well done those at the front 👏👏👏. PS . Glen will be running the weekends monthly IOM meeting so play nice 😘

14/09/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Today 14:9:22 midweek IOMs Wind North to North East depending on what time of the day it was and speed proved to be quite varied from 3 to 6 mph, temperature started chilly but warmed up as the day progressed probably in the mid 20’. We had 7 skippers today all using A’s for 13 races on a course set at start 11& flag, 5p, 11p, 5p, 11p and finish 7&8 …. This was changed after the break to 11 & flag start, 8p, 13p, and finish 11&flag. During the lunch break we spent about 40 minutes discussing start line procedures/ tactics/ and one eye on the rule book throughout this proved very informative with our group that had swelled to 9 . Next week we will discuss “ the 1st mark”. Anyway back to the racing and with 2 major boat failures this bought about some extremely generous boat sharing with all bar one lending or loaning so the score card is slightly meaningless. Nevertheless Bu zz was off and away most races, Mick did catch him in race 7 and Buzz loaned his boat to Terry in race 9. So Buzz on 11 points, Mick on 25 & Nick on 37.6 in third…. Once again our retirement rate proved high again over 30% , best get these boats sorted with Autumn round the corner. So we’ll done to you guys at the pointy “ reliable “ end 👏👏👏. Baby dragons this sunday and a decent blow in dry conditions 🤞🏻. 😘

07/09/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Today 7.9.22 Midweek IOM class Wind Southerly 14 mph and gusting a bit more on occasionally Temperature a bright but nippy 16’ . 7 skippers today all starting with A’s but to Terry’s relief all changed down to B’s after a between race incident resulted with a snapped in 2 jib boom. So B’s for the fleet for the rest of the day. We got in 16 races but the rate of attrition was 33.3 % . The course was 7&8 start 14p, 5p, & finish 7&8, g th his was latter extended to 2 laps with lap 2 windward mark being 11 and not 14. Unfortunately Peter never really got many races in followed by Bob ( rudder) then Dave (winch) who then went on to finish Terry’s boat off ( sheeting) . & Mick and George had a little trouble midday . Hence the 33.3% failure rate. So this was why Buzz managed to win the day. If only that were true. Terry chased hard for perhaps a lap but then Blink and Buzz was gone . Well done Buzz 👏 and to everyone for enjoying, sharing and staying till the end 👏. PS We took time out to decide the best way to go about our proposed : rules, set up, training sessions and the IOM class will start next week during 10 till 2 with the white board and magnetic boats , this can be made available for the other classes( class captains to discuss). PPS. I Must not forget th thank Geoff for doing the start and finish line once again 👏. 😘

28/08/2022 Sunday Club Racing

28:8:22 IOM Monthly meeting . Wind North East swinging to Easterly 13mph .Temperature 22’ and bright . 11 skippers today 8 on A’s 3 on B’s . The Bs not by choice but A’s not fit for purpose. We were at the top end of A’s but B’s were not right either. Course 1 was 14& Tim start, 9p, 13p, 9p,13p, and finish 11&12. After lunch we went for 13&14 start, 9p, 12p, 10s, 13p,9p,12p10s,13p and finish 11&12. For 13 races from 10:10 till 14:10 . Glen and Jamie had a horrid time throughout but getting in a few races , Paul had an early bath, Bobs 9 month old mast snapped before the get go and Terry should have gave up early instead of fighting it . Race wins were hard fought for with a few odds ones being won by Mick , Paul & Terry . Sorry to say I didn’t see much of the action( constantly fixing my boat) but It was nice to read that Buzz had to work hard for the days spoils and Dennis chased him and Mick getting to grips with conditions he didn’t favour so we’ll done guys 👏👏👏and it was nice to put on a show for the huge amount of visitors at the Fort today. I’m now off to beat the crap out of my shrouds. 😘

24/08/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Midweek IOMs 24:8:22 Wind starting South east 7mph and swinging full on Easterly 10 mph through the day temperature a very hot 28’ . 6 skippers today all using A’s for 16 races from 10-10 till 1-50. The first course was 8 & TIM, 13 p, Xp, Yp, 13p, Xp, Yp, and finish between 8 & TIM. This was later changed to 5 & 6 start Xp, 6p, Xp, 6p, and finish 8 & TIM. Buzz seemed to be endlessly tweaking his boat and still not happy at the end of play, Mick sailed his Robot for half the day then switched to an ailing Bobs boat to end the day, James visited for lunch and grabbed a few transmitters to nick a win with George’s Arrival and a couple of places with Nicks Widget ll, so a bit of boat swapping but I think I kept up with it. A big thanks to Geoff for doing the start and finish line a big help 👏👏👏 and hope Bob recoups. So who won Oh surprise it was Buzz with 15 points from a very determined Terry on 27 points and an ever present George on 38 points. A good days sport with a very genuine helpful bounce of people looking out for each other well done to everyone and those at the pointy end of the scoreboard 👏👏👏. 😘

17/08/2022 Wednesday Club Racing

Wednesday 17.8.22 midweek IOMs Wind North East 10 mph , Temperature stuffy 20’ & very misty , 5 skippers today all using A’s for 16 long races 13&14 start, 8p, 13p, 8p, 13 p , and finish 11&12 . 13 was change for 14 towards the last few races as the wind started to mess about a bit. Geoff run the start and finish lines all day and that was a great help & he let the skippers sort themselves out with the few minor infringements that occurred during races. We also had a visitor looking to join our ranks. Mick raced his recently acquired Robot and that went well for him , Birthday boy dished out some very nice cakes😋 so we let him win his first IOM race ( seriously well done Bob I couldn’t catch you) George’s results didn’t reflect what a pain in the bum he was all day with his Titan showing good speed . So it was Terry who took the day with a very well handling boat on 17 points from Mick on 27 points and a hard trying Keith on 39 points . In fact 3rd , 4th, and 5th were only 4 points apart , so we’ll done you guys at the pointy end 👏👏👏. Oh and definitely nice to have some water back in the ditch 😘

10/08/2022 Wednesday Racing

Wind easterly 9mph , temperature 27’ 3 skippers today all using A’s for 16 races ,course 13&14 start,Xp,13p, Xp,13p & finish 12 & flag. Not a lot of wind in and out of X and that’s about as good as it got with such a small fleet. Most races were tight at the finish with Bob closing the gap. as the day progressed . Thanks to Geoff for doing the start line and score card 👍 a win for Mick by 8 points from Terry then Bib in a solid 3rd place 👏👏👏

03/08/2022 Wednesday Racing

3/8/22 Midweek IOMS . Wind South westerly 12’ Temperature 28’ 4 skippers today all using A’s for 12 long races from 10.05 to 2o/c on a course 8&9 start, 13p,Xp,7p,13p,Xp,7p, and finish 11&12 . It seems Nick was going to be hampered one way or another with a missing lead followed by a rewire then a shattered swivel and a make shift job done on that finally leading to early retirement but not befor having a few races with Terry’s boat whilst repairs were carried out . Bob had his MX18 bang in the money but decided to to go one step further and completely sodded it up ( lesson learnt). So after roasting in the sun all day George won the day with 13 points from a on off Terry on 14.2 and Bob in third on 27 points 👏👏👏

31/07/2022 Multi Class Sunday

See Club news for report and results

27/07/2022 Wednesday Racing

Midweek IOMs 27th July Wind Southeast 7mph shifting to a Easterly 9 mph Temperature a cloudy sub 20’. 5 skippers today for 22 races from 10 till 2 o/c , the course was set at 5&6 start, TIM p, Tp, 2p& finish TIM and flag, this course was kept despite the direction change with very little options available. Keith had his A rig mast snap in the pits so used his B rig and the fleet worked on giving him different head starts until we worked out that 30 seconds was the magic number. The 6 wins he had in races 7 8 9 10 11 & 12 were at 60 seconds so on Keith’s insistence it was reduced to 30 seconds . All prove great competition and very close finishes throughout the fleet , and probably the real battle for points was with Mick and Terry only 3 points apart after 22 races but none the less a valiant effort by Keith.. a good day and hope to see lots of you for Sundays multi class day . 😘


Todays monthly IOM Meeting 24.7.22 Wind Southwest 15 lifting to a constant 18 mph , Temperature 28.5’. 8 skippers today all using B rigs for 16 races from 10.05 till 2.20 . Apart from the participants we had visit from Nick , Robyn , Alan , James and our president John Coster. The mostly used course was start TIM & 8orY, 13p, 9p, 13p, 9p and finish 10&11. The vastly staggered start line gave us a really good un biased start line that resulted in no protest in that particular aspect unlike the oh so many port/ starboard contacts. There didn’t seem to be that many wind shifts that favoured anyone just straight hard racing. Keith and Bobs boats didn’t quite last the day and Dennis went early. The end results were a win for Buzz followed by an on form Paul then a ever present Terry

20/07/2022 Wednesday racing

Midweek IOMs 20.7.2022 Wind fabulous 10 / 12 mph + SSW swinging SW Temperature a chilly 28’ Just 4 skippers today and only 3 made it on the water due to Bobs Transmitter falling into the lake ( come undone from s neck strap) then the boat going to the dark side taking two skippers to recover it , once wdd we did get going Nick suffered water ingress this was after we had changed to B rigs that were needed till 1.30 but who wants to change at that time of CLUB DAY. So from the onset we sailed once less boat than skippers giving an average score throughout. Such a shame so many skippers missed out on such a glorious day for sailing. So everyone helped each other out , Micks got Nicks stuff to bind , Bobs borrowing a spare Tx & RX from Terry and hopefully we will all be back on the water asap . The scores are done but Google ain’t playing ball at the moment but hope to get them out soon……. PS. ITS IOMs this Sunday Are you racing??? 😘 Terry

13/07/2022 Wednesday racing

Temperature 29.5’ What a day for the opportunist , we did get in 11 races in from 10.10 till 2 o/cand some long breaks . We 8 skippers. For the most part the course was 5&6 start, 12p, 6 p , some one lap and some two lap with a finish between 7 & flag, these were besides the from heat the most fluky winds you could imagine. But its got to be said Nick read them better than most . We had a blanket finish in race 3 with Terry and Andy tying for the race win ( sorry race program doesn’t define that so Andy is 1 point nearer to 2nd place ) and Mick and Paul within 10cm .Bob lost his sheeting so missed a few races & the fleet managed to rescue a few abandoned boats during the day ( salvage monies yet to be settled). We were for the most part the only mad people out in an otherwise empty park . The competitiveness of the fleet was there throughout with more than one skipper getting his port and starboard muddled but none the less only 1 protest call all day with all other issues being dealt with in a voluntary manner. Race 8 was interesting in the way it unfolded with Mick ,Andy & Terry miles ahead suddenly dropped of the edge and a distant Nick, Paul & Keith catching a huge shift to take 123, but all in a days sport. Terry 😘

07/07/2022 Wednesday racing

6th July midweek IOMs wind truly awful over the fort and in any direction you cared for mainly 6mph down to nothing and no real gust, temperature 18-21’ mainly dull. 6 skippers set out to start but Geoff never got on the water( winch). And Bob bowed out after 7 races ( winch) Now this boat had been ultra reliable since he got it , loans it to Paul Kirk for one race and BANG!!!. Maybe James was correct about him ???. Anyway the rest carried on for 16 races on a course mainly 10&11 start, 13p, Xp, 12p, 13 p& finish 11&12. Mark 7 was used at times but proved troublesome, as stated earlier Paul visited also Robyn,Nick and Bailey. As for the racing you know your in for a hard time when Buzz is there as Terry can bare whiteness finishing 10 races in second place but very consoled to get 2 wins towards the end of the day against him ( I think Buzz got bored) Keith kept up the pressure to finish 3rd on the day. Dave’s results didn’t reflect what strong challenges he put in and it won’t be long before he starts being a nuisance . Another blinding day at the ditch and some good clean honest racing. Well done Buzz , it certainly makes me try harder chasing him down 👏👏👏. 😘

29/06/2022 Wednesday racing

Wind today southerly 8mph with the odd swing either way and the temperature a surprisingly cold dull misty day with skippers putting on their coats. The ten expected skipper s unfortunately dropped to seven with Terry falling foul to a yet to be identified gremlin in the winch department & drifting to the dark side before the 1st race. This caused a delayed start to the day but from 10.30 to 2.20 they got 12 races in on a course Y & TIM, 13p,14p,9p,7p,13p,14p, 9p,7p, & finish 13& flag. It was nice to see the race wins spread about a little bit & lots of tweaking going on . Not that this helped Bob who with both Mick and Terry sailing it , it remained slow. Keith unfortunately felt unwell and retired after race 8 ( get well soon🤕) & the fleet was down to six . Probably the cleanest days sailing you’ll ever see apparently because Terry wasn’t sailing. So after 12 races Buzz took the honours on 13 points and 7 wins from Mick on 22points and 3 wins and an ever present Andy on 26 points and 1 win. Well done men👏👏👏and nice for Paul to Nick a win in the last race 👏. A big thankyou to Mick, Paul, Andy & Bob for the loan of your boats for the 7 races I had and managed not to hit anyone else. Another good days sport at CHF. P.S. it’s baby dragons 🐉 this Sunday so let’s have a good turn out 😘

26/06/2022 Sunday Club Racing

8 skippers for today’s IOMS Monthly meeting 26:6:22 wind Southerly 18 mph and constant direction all day. Temperature in the wind a k coats on 15’ the course was set at start Y and throw in mark, 13p , 14p, 9p, 7p, 13p, 14p,9p,7p, and finish 12 & flag so quite a long course. Lots of unfortunate incidents, Buzz and Keith doing the long walk to the dark side TWICE each . Mick suffered a broken shroud so having to drop down to uncompetitive C’s, Glen with rudder issues, Bob with transmitter gremlins so Terry and Mick performed a on the spot exorcism and that repaired that & Terry had reoccurring winch issues( a kick back from Wednesdays damage no doubt) but nevertheless some good hard racing in strong B rig conditions was enjoyed despite all the issues. ……. The scores and results are accurate to the point that Buzz won the day with his newly acquired Vision and well done to him 👏👏👏. Terry😘

22/06/2022 Midweek

Todays IOM MIDWEEK Wind North easterly 8mph, temperature 23’ and bright. 8 skippers today all using Arigs. For 23 races from 10 till 2. The course at the start of the day till lunch was 11& throw in mark,9p, 7p, 12p, 11 S, 13p & finish 10&11. After lunch the start was moved to 13 &14. A few minor breakdowns, only 3 early starts from a possible 184 so that was good but boy did you make up for it regards pushing in at the mark. with the end result of 3 boats tangled up and drifting to the concrete dam resulting in plenty of scratches and a deck pully being pulled out. This all because one skipperpushed in at the start. I have to add in my view if you don’t observe you boat from the correct position then that puts you in the WRONG. Once again it’s back to the drawing board . Other than that it was a nice place to be we had James and Bob visiting , Robyn and Chris also , lots of races on what lots of skippers liking the course. As for the racing Mick dominated and won with 37 points from a on form George on 60 points and Terry in third on 72 points well done you guys 👏👏👏. DONT FORGET IN IOMS THIS COMING SUNDAY. We have. Mick,George, Terry, Bob, Keith, so far What about YOU ▶️. 😘

15/06/2022 Midweek

Wednesday 15.6.22 midweek IOMs. Wind south easterly 7mph .Temperature climbing to 25’. 4 skippers today all on A rigs for 24 races from 10.05 till 1.30 ( getting to hot) course start 10&11, 9 p, 13p, 9p, 13p, and finish 10&11. The wind stayed constant throughout with the odd swing. Paul suffered winch gremlins right from the get go . So a little bit of boat loaning going on but all scores kept true to the skipper and not the boat. Nice to see Nick stay trouble free for the day. Shame about the low attendance because after the weekends crappy winds It was great sailing conditions . Fingers crossed for better numbers to come. Anyway Terry won the day with 9 wins from 13 races and 15 points from Keith in second on 22 points and Nick in Third on 31points 👏👏👏. PS It’s baby dragon 🐉 this coming Sunday and in Glens absence I’ll be overseeing the meeting so look forward to seeing you. Please let me know if your aloud out . Else otherwise I to could be elsewhere 😘

01/06/2022 Midweek

1.6.2022 midweek IOMs    Wind from zero to 6 mph and the odd whirlwind for go measure, temperature from a chilly 12’ to a blazing 25’. 8 Skippers today all using A’s for 16 races with some lengthy break’s whilst waiting for the wind the course set for the most part was 10 & 11 start 13p, 10p, 12s, 9p, and finish 11 & 12,  It was nice to welcome back Peter after a lengthy absence and sporting some new sails, however he did retire early not wanting to over do it , Geoff also didn’t see the day out with signal issues. But unfortunately Dave Chamberlain never got on the water due to winch failure ( unlucky Dave). The wind proved to be fickle throughout the day with the highlight being a whirlwind that went from the control area to the dark side flattening all the boats then lifting some and putting them back in the water in reverse . No lasting damage done thank goodness. The days spoils go to Mick on 16 points from a slow starting Terry on 29 points and Keith on 35 . A good days sport in particularly frustrating conditions was enjoyed by all nonetheless . Well done to those at the pointy end of the scoreboard    

25.5.2022 Midweek

Midweek IOMs 25.5.2022 Wind Southwest 17mph . Temperature 12’ with rain always a possibility. 5 skippers today all starting on B rigs for 11 races on a course starting at 7&8 later changed to 8&9 then 11p, Tp, 11p, Tp , and finish 7&8 , racing started at 10.05 & dwindled to a halt about 1o/c due to changing conditions. Paul started the day at a blistering pace but was the first and only skipper to change down to Cs and that proved to the wrong choice more because of the choppy conditions than the wind strength, Mick was always close on Paul’s tail on points and Terry finally got his set up right but to late to make a challenge. Bob experienced these conditions for the first time and coped well untill a visit to the dark side . We welcomed Dave Chamberlain for his first short One Metre day out and hope to see more of him , Geoff kept the score card once again 👍. What with Bob on the dark side , Micks Britpop threw a hissy fit and Terry reluctant to change rigs so late on and rain looking Imminent we called it a day earlier than normal , so a good exchange of points at the front With Mick nicking it by 1 point from Paul and Terry a distant 3rd so we’ll dine 👏👏👏. 😘

Numb Thumbs 2021/22 It’s finally finished!

We’ll that’s it for another year with the final results in for the Numb Thumbs Winter Series in ( All be it late due to the winter floods) and it’s a big well done to Dennis who got a early grip on the trophy and despite Micks late charge this year it was all about Dennis with Mick 1 point adrift.3rd place (all be it distant was also a close thing between Terry and Glen with just the 1 point dividing them . So a huge well done to the podium finishers 👏👏👏and to everyone that participated in the event an we hope to see you all for the 22/23 series 😘

Final Round 6 results

18/05/2022 midweek

Today Wednesday 18.5.2022 midweek IOMs .wind 2-6 mph ,temperature 23’ an bright. 5 skippers today + Geoff setting courses and keeping scores ( thanks for that) and a visit from Peter Herbert and very nice to see him up and about.We got 13 races in on various course of a variety of lengths all to suit the wind speed on basically a southerly direction , unusual to have no George today ( bad reaction to a 4th jab) so get well soon mate. As for the sailing most skippers lost and gained due to large wind shifts but it still didn’t stop Mick coming out on top on 15 points from Terry on 26 points and Paul on 26 points in third also and how nice to see him finish the day without a hitch. Well don everyone for a pleasant days sailing 👏👏👏. DONT FORGET ITS THE FINAL ROUND OF THD NUMB THUMBS on Sunday so look forward to seeing you all. Would be nice to know how’s sailing please: No1 Bob, No 2 Terry , No 3 Angela, No 4 Andy, No5 Dennis, No 6 Mick, No7 ?😘 Terry.

24/04/2022 Numb Thumbs Round 5

Sunday 24/4/22 5th round Numb Thumbs Winter Series. Wind a constant NNE @ 14mph Temperature a sunny but chilly day to start with but settled at 15’ A starting line up of 10 skippers all using B’s for 19 very long races starting between 13&14, Yp ( that’s the new mark next to 8), 14p, Yp, 14 p & finish between 11&12. First race was 10o/c and we finished @ 2.15.. today was all about sailing very little to be gained on wind shifts but I must say a lot of port / starboard contact. The big talking point however was Paul getting beyond race one and actually finishing the day 

. Geoff retired early finding it heavy going, Bob had a winch jump& struggled there after,Keith lost a winch with cradle failure,fair to say James suffered with a highly strung boat, you only had to look at it and it fell apart. Terry started the day well and finished the day well but was know where in the other 15 races . But Mick , Dennis and Andy  had the fleet covered for the most part And Mick finally pulling out a good lead on 26 point from Dennis on 39 & Andy on 41. So we’ll done those guys  and we can look forward to the final round ( yet to be scheduled ). Terry Wright.

Series results after 5 rounds

20/04/2022 Midweek

Today midweek IOMs Wednesday 20.4.22   Wind north east 12 mph Temperature 14’ with cold edge to the wind . 7 skippers today all starting on A’s for 14 long race’s on a course 13&14 start, 8 p, 14, 8p, 14p & finish 12& flag ,  later changed to 9p & 13p followed by the fleet changing down to B rigs  bar Keith who found out to his cost he should have. Paul suffered from electrical gremlins and never got to start a race , Dave arrived late and had all sorts of grief  but he did have a good chat. Geoff ended up on the dark side with electric issues that never got solved  Bob suffered from stage fright when finding himself in the lead well into a couple of race’s ( don’t worry mate it’ll happen soon enough. The spoils were shared amongst the race winners namely Terry on 7 wins , Mick 4& Keith 3 resulting in Terry 17 points from Mick 23 points and George 26 . So we’ll done you guys for another good days sailing.                                     

 PS don’t forget it’s the   5th round of the Numb Thumbs this Sunday so let’s have a good turn out and bring your rig box 

16/02/2022 Midweek

9 skippers for today’s midweek IOMs Wind south westerly 18mph and gusting at 30+, temperature out of the wind a barmy 16’ but cut a you in half cold in the wind at the waters edge . All the skippers opted for Bs throughout except John went to Cs for race 13 ( big mistake) we had a late start 10.25, not sure why but got in 14 very long races on a course set at 5&6 start, 12p,5p,12p,5p, & finish at 12 and bank pole.. Geoff was the first for an early bath with Jim on and off the water with winch issues, Both Andy and Keith had a few issues ( not sure why). As for the rest of us the real enemy was the wind coupled with not being able to get a truly good course Nevertheless Mick came out on top in a day he was trying hard to stay out of trouble with 25 points from John on 31points and Terry a distant 3rd on 44 points. All in all I thought a lot of control and consideration from the skippers made it a good days sport so we’ll done to you all 👏👏👏👏👏👏😘 Terry Wright

09/02/2022 Midweek

9/2/22 midweek IOMs. Wind south west 10mph temperature a bright 13’. 9 skippers today with 3 members visiting just to heckle we got 12 races in from 10.05 through to 2.10. The course was start 7 & pole , 13p, 9p,13p,9p and finish at 11&12. It seemed to be a day of generous skippers standing down to tune or coach our new lads and some substitute skippers testing out others boats and some on the water issues resulting in their continued participation ending in race 4 ( see results) George came out on top with his nicely set up Titan so a big well done to him 👏👏👏👏 ☹️ Terry Wright

30/01/2022 Numb Thumbs Rnd 4

Sunday 30/1/22 round 4 of the Numb Thumbs winter series for IOMs  13 skippers today including 1st time guest Rohan from Milton Keynes , unfortunately Terry Curly only made it to the car park due to winch failure. The Wind was basically westerly but very little of it giving us a very slow start to the day fortunately it did fill in towards the end of our 17 races to around the 7-8 mph mark. Talking of marks we used lots of those today with 8,9,10,11,12,13 & 14 + a throw all being used used. Not going though alll the variants used but I’m sure you get the drift. Our Race Officer of the day did however point out that by the first break he was running out of paper due to the recorded penalty’s he observed. ( should have bought a bigger piece of paper) springs to mind bearing in mind the amount of serial offenders on the water. Not seen the results yet but a big well done to first of all Buzz for giving up a day on the water 👍and I believe it was Dennis from Mick from Rohan and Jim , stand corrected if I’m wrong 

Series Results after 4 rounds

23/01/2022 Numb Thumb’s Round 3

Sunday 23/1/22 round 3 winter Numb Thumb series. Wind appeared after 11 o/c from the south at 5 mph in a dull cold overcast day . 10 skippers today all using A’s on a short course for 14 races start 7&8, 13p, Xp, and finish 10&11. No breakdowns to report 👍 and the normal duties of taking it in turn to call the start line. The racing prove to be tremendous fun a really close and it looked like a good bun fight for second between Andy , Glen , Mike and Terry  all Chasing down Dennis . However yes Dennis won the day on 18 points the chase for second once the scores were done weren’t that close after all with Mick on 26, Andy 38, Terry 41 & Glen on 50.  But I can assure you it seemed so much closer anyway well done you guys 👏👏👏👏  and the bonus is we all get to do it again next week and hopefully a good few more skippers, also it being just “ a club day” we can put some 1 to 1 training in with our new guys 


19/01/2022 Midweek

Wednesday 19.1.22 midweek IOMs. Wind Westerly right over the fort and a struggle to set a course that got even worse as the day progressed to NorthWesterly 7 mph with the odd gust at15 mph plus causing the odd nose dive . Temperature warming to a bright 9’ with a tiny hint of rain at the close of play…. 13 skippers today all using A’s for 16 races from 10 till 2 & I would think a record amount of penalties being called for partly due to the unorthodox course but mainly due to poor helmsmanship “ we must and can do better” . We have received a very generous offer from former member David Atkins to take ownership of his boat , rigs electrics etc giving us a full up and running boat to do as we please. Mick Golding collected it got it up and running and arranged for Terry Curly ( nice Terry)to sail it today . So a massive thanks to David 👏👏👏👏and Mick 👏👏👏👏, we had one breakdown, one visit to the dark side , one bat flattery and one slippy jib and other than that a lot of racing.” Needless to say Buzz won the day on 15 points from a real close race for second between Andy and Terry with one point in it to Andy on 39 & Terry in 40 so a big well done to those guy’s 👏👏👏👏

12/01/2022 Midweek

Today 13.1.22 midweek IOMs Wind Westerly 2-5 mph Temperature 10’ and sunny. 9 skippers today all using A’s for 13 races from 19.15 till 2o/c on a course start 11&12,13p,8p, 13 p, 8p, & finish 11& 12 later change to the course was from 13p we went to Xp on the first circuit only. Dave Staf was the only casualty of the day with a bat flattery ( probably due to the scary noise it was making most of the day) other than that it was about finding some drive on the long run of the second leg . In the second break we had a big white board out with some magnetic boats and marks to re-enact some of the contentious moments that had just taken place and also help our newcomers on a few basic rules , anyway back to the racing and it was Terry who won the day ( 1st ever with IOMs). With 15 points from a close finishing 2nd & 3rd John on 31 & Keith on 34 so well done you guys. 👏👏👏 and to our new guys who did find themselves up the order at times , keep it up. PS , baby dragons 🐉 this Sunday so let’s see you back out there on the water

05/01/2022 Midweek

Wednesday 5.1.21 midweek IOMs . Wind westerly first part of the day from the south second part northerly temperature 4/5’ and very bright, 9 skippers today all using A’s for 12 interrupted races on a course 10&11 start 13p, 8p, 13p, & 11&12 finish … then after the break 4&5 start 1p,8p,1p, 8p, & 6 & flag finish. Terry suffered with a jumped winch around the time a course change was imminent , Dave suffered with some sheeting damage after visiting the dark side, and we all had to move our cars due to “ flood alert” this was just after the pig flew past. We did however get in some racing from 10.05 to 1.55. Results to follow 😘

29/12/2021 Midweek

Wednesday 29/12/21 IOMs. Wind south west 11 mph , Temperature 14’ and as dull as it could with early light rain . 9 skippers today all starting on A rigs. It’s fair to say on A rigs Terry’s new boat was good right from the get go having been honed in by its previous owner( Mick), and likewise Mick was on A’s for the first time with he’s new boat , but that came to an abrupt halt when others changed to B rigs earlier and the course of events became unpredictable. As the wind got up we started losing boats with only 4or 5 boats finishing the last few races. But none the less what a blinding way to finish 2021 off and a big well done to Mick on winning the day and Paul for being ever present & Terry needs to build he’s B rig just that bit better👏👏👏. Happy new year to you all and let’s keep up expanding the classes. 😘

22/12/2021 Midweek

Wednesday midweek IOMs 21/12/21  Wind not as hoped but from 0- 5mph and constantly changing causing plenty of course changes  but we  used 8,11,12 as windward marks and 2,3,&4 at the other end with 7& flag as the finish line. And temperature hovered around 2’-3’ degrees. We had 9 skippers all on A’s but Paul failed to start with rudder servo issues & Mick was there without a boat ( last minute Delay in his new one being ready ) nonetheless he put plenty of time in to helping Bob later prove fruitful. we managed 13 races and despite been short took a long time to complete . Buzz was trying out a new test tranny and that turned out to very very frustrating. We did spend a  fair bit of time off the water due to no wind but it was a chance to continue the huge social ness that’s built up the last couple of years and all the mince pies got eaten. So to the racing. It was Dennis on a rare Wednesday visit that grabbed the spoils on 20 points from Buzz on 22 points then Andy half a point in front of Terry on 38.5 & 39 points each . Racing finished about 2.10 and everyone was happy to get into some warm cars and get home  .   So we’ll done to those at the head of the fleet 👏👏👏👏and all that remains is to wish you all a good Christmas break 😘

15/12/2021 Midweek

Midweek IOMs 15/12/21 Wind westerly 6 mph Temperature 11’ and dull, 8 skippers today all using A’s for 11 long races course 7&8 start, 13p,8p, 13p, 8p, and finish 12 and bank marker. A bit less wind than anticipated and a bit more westerly as well. Because of the slow conditions our new skippers got plenty of attention and help from Mick and Terry( probably ended up more confused than when they started), but I’m sure they learned from the attention. No other dramas to report , once again George loaned his spare out to a very grateful skipper (145) . And on to the racing it was Buzz who took the day 16 points from Mick by 1 point from Mick with 17points and a persistent Paul on 22 points. Our two new guy quite rightly so both tied on 59 points. So we’ll done to Buzz Mick and Paul👏👏👏👏 and I look forward to next week for mince pies😋. 😘

08/12/2021 Midweek

Today midweek IOMs wind south west 18 mph, temperature 8’ and dull. 10 skippers today 6 starting on B rigs and 3 on C rigs and one deciding not to sail. We had 15 races from 10:10 till 2:05 on an unchanged course of start this in mark and 8, 13p, 8p, 13p, 8p, and finish 11&12. Those on C rigs changed up to Bs at the 1st break. Unfortunately we had two boats throw their winches early doors and left Nick and Bob taking early showers, Paul lost a few positions mid way through the day due to he’s main sail sheeting line getting hooked ( change of line clip needed ) George suffered considerable when going to the dark side with Dave and Keith was on a bad day ( lingering cold). Terry once again able to sail curtesy of George loaning him his Arrival but he abused the privilege in the first couple of races by hitting every mark in sight . I got to say we have had two Wednesdays on the trot with fabulous winds and a stable direction. So Mick took every opportunity and won the day on 18 points from a ever present Terry on 29 points in second and a hard fighting John in third on 41 points. …… for some reason the Afleet race program chose to leave Paul out but his score was 43 points sorry Paul it’s to late at night to start trouble shooting. Anyway we’ll done to those at the pointy end today 👏👏👏😘

01-12-2021 Midweek

IOM midweek Wednesday wind North West 16 mph Temperature 10’ but dull. 8 skippers today all using Bs for 12 races from 10.15 till 1.55 course start 7&8 1p, 8p, 1p, 8p, and finish 5&6. First off no breakdowns all skippers finished all races apart for Geoff who left early , and once again plenty of help and encouragement shown to our new skippers & this still left time for plenty of real close races from flag to flag through out the day. Quit a few races were won and lost on the finish line. As the scores RY suggest it was close between John ,Paul & Terry with 1 point in it( Terry sailing 2 different boats loaned to him by George & Mick). Thanks guys 👍 then it was close between Mick and George again 1 point between them ( Mick sailing 2 boats also) then again another group all very close. I must say it was a very enjoyable day of competitive sailing and well done to Paul who is always good for a running commentary during the race 👏👏👏 and s last mention to Bob and Dave who are improving by leaps and bounds 😘

24/11/2021 Midweek

24/11/21 midweek IOMs wind westerly 1-4 mph, temperature 8’ and misty. 11 skippers today all using A’s on a course 10&11 start, 13p, Xp, 13p,Xp & finish 11&12. THEN after lunch 7&8 start, 1p, 8p, and finish 5&6. for 8 slow races from 10.18 till 1.35 when the wind finally stopped blowing so we called it a day. Dave S only got 4 races in due to a prior appointment, Mick stepped out to offer some assistance to our new skippers, and had a go at tuning the Arrival so his score wasn’t reflected of his day. However a very good natured days sailing keeping in mind the conditions and allowing for two very new skippers on the water . So Buzz took the day on 11points from a fast starting Keith on 15 and a forever present Paul on 18 points. Great to see such good numbers on a Wednesday and we’ll done to Buzz and Co. 😘. PS don’t forget it’s 95s on Sunday

17/11/2021 Midweek

Icicle Trophy 14/11/2021

The Numb Thumbs Round 2 was incorporated with this open event, the club results were then taken from the above results.

10/11/2021 Midweek

10.11.21 midweek IOMs wind South westerly 0-4mph temperature 1’ and Misty damp. 9 skippers today all using A’s with 3 new boys being Dave Staff with his newly acquired 166, some lad called Buzz and a yet to join Bob who sailed his newly acquired 66. We had 13 races from a late start due to lack of wind through till 2/0 course 7&8start, 13p,4p,and finishing at 7&8 , later changed to 7&8, 13p,8 p, and finish 11&12. We did have 3 skippers finishing early and one permanent breakdown so the fleet depleted as the day went on. New boy Dave did really well for his first crack at IOMs , even newer guest Bob had one practice in race 5 then had 6 proper races never having sailed beforehand. And new boy Buzz well he gradually grasped the idea. So after a very friendly days racing it was John who got the spoils from Buzz then Paul. Mick and Terry gave a fair amount of time to coach the new guys , but that’s what the clubs about at the moment to build and strengthen. So for me that means we are all winners . “ drum banged”. 😘

03/11/2021 Midweek

Evening Girls , truth is I didn’t get to see much of the racing, having suffered a snapped mast in the car park I was out for the day because it was clearly A rig conditions with Northerly 5 mph wind and a temperature that dipped down to 9/10’ . However a course was set at start 7&8, 1p, 8p & finish at 5&6 for races . On reflection this was clearly to short a course to be able to get 17 races in under those conditions. I apologise for allowing the distraction ( re fitting a winch a entertaining a hopeful new member) the course should / could have been longer. I’m also grateful to Paul, Mick and George for the offers to get in a few races . Clearly Mick ran away with the day chased by John and Keith in third. However that score board was a mess and hard to work out ,if someone scores a 2nd place and a 6th thats 8 points to be divided between who Ever is missing so they both get 4 points each therefore the skipper who did finish 2nd loses out . So a bit more care please 🙏anyway we’ll done to Mick 👏👏👏and to John and Keith for trying to chase him down. 😘

27/10/2021 Midweek

Wednesday 27.10.21 midweek IOMs Wind Southerly 16/18 mph temperature 15’ and bright. 7 skippers today all using B’s. For 16 races from 10.05 till 1.55 course 11&12 start, 13p, 8p.7p,13p,8p,7p ,& finish 11/&12 only Paul was guilty of early starts , the port starboard contact was shared about equally & mark 13 once again had the split wind that George found particularly annoying, even 7 acting as a spreader was another that needed respect and was probably Terry’s Achilles. Talking of that Mick got bored and took over Terry’s boat and likewise Terry sailed Micks hence the change of fortunes for both skippers, Keith had a torrid day with his spreaders catching , Geoff fell fail to water ingress, & Paul seemed to lose the Will to live. So it’s a well done to Terry 27 points, from John31 & Mick 34 in third whilst tuning a strange boat👏👏👏👏👏

24/10/2021 IOM Numb Thumbs Rnd.1

Today 1st round of the Numb Thumbs. 24.10.21. Wind Southerly , top end of A’s all day Temperature 10’ and bright. 13 skippers today all using A’s sadly not Dennis as his sheeting snapped up on him before playtime started ☹️. The course was set at 8& throw in start 13p, 14p, 5p, 6p, 12p, 11p,5p, 6p, and finish 7&8. For 16 races from 10.05 till 2.15 . James only got 4 races in before family commitments intervened,Geoff only 2 before major issues,Nick and both John’s missed out on a couple or so races. Paul dropped down to B’s mid way through the day and coped extremely well , The wind was it’s normally self at 13 dividing it’s strength around the concrete block and wreaking havoc causing lots of protest and a few disgruntlements. Talking of disgruntled things I thought today there was a fair bit of that going on , most unlike how it’s been of late, “perhaps to top end wind factor” However none of this can distract from the Master class we where privy to from Malcom who whooped our arses winning on 15 points from a hard fighting Mick on 28 points and a flying Glen on 35 points . So we’ll done you girls 👏👏👏👏👏 and the rest of us left in the distance. Looking forward to round 2 already with perhaps Angela, Andy, Dennis & Jim joining us. PLUS. PLUS. PLUS This is on the 14.11.21 and is part of the ICICLE TROPHY See you all then 😘

20/10/2021 Midweek

20/10/21 midweek IOMs wind 20 mph + temperature 16’ and bright. 8 skippers today all using Bs then C’s for 14 races from 10.10 till 1.50 . Course 8 and throw in buoy , 12p, 4p,12p,4p, and finish 8 and throw in buoy, Paul and Keith started on C’s then midway through the day everyone changed onto them . But not before the wind had its say . Mick, Keith, Paul and Nick all out with mechanicals and Jim with electric issues from the get go , so loads of repairs to be done before Sunday + Terry had both shrouds snap in the car park( gale force round there). However none of this effected George who merrily sailed on with both rigs very successfully on he’s B to win the day on 17 points half that of his nearest rival Terry on 35 and a hard charging John on 38 points in third …… see you all Sunday 😘

13/10/2021 Midweek

Wednesday 13.10.21. Midweek IOMs wind westerly and mostly 0-3mph with the odd gust at 5 mph, temperature raised up to shirt type sunshine 18’. 7 skippers today all using A’s for 16 races from 10 till 2 . course 8& flag start 6p, 10p, 6p, 10p & finish 7&8. Frustrating is the word that springs to mind and stays in your mind. Skippers could pull out a huge lead only to get caught and passed on the short beat home .But consistency paid off for those that stuck to the task like Mick winning the day on 20 points from Keith on 33 and Paul on 36 in third so a very well done to them👏👏👏 and I guess the rest must try harder Once again we hade plenty of visitors in Dave S , James and nice Terry sailing his 65 in the back ground, plus new boy Alan . All in all a nice day to go sailing and a contemptuous issue dealt with in a civilised manner when pen and paper came out with drawings and discussion….And then royalty turned up no less than the MYA Chairman Phil Halliday, god’s brother Graham Bantock and I believe Lester Gilbert. 😘

06/10/2021 Midweek

Wednesday 6.10.21 midweek IOMs wind westerly 8-15 mph and full of pockets. Temperature 12-16’ and sunny. 6 skippers today all using B’s for 15 races from 10.10 till 2.05 course 7&8 start , 1p,8p,1p,8p, and finish 5&6.   A real tricky wind to deal with and frustrating at times. Nice to see Andy back & also nice to report no boat failures . Everyone had a go a the front but equally had a go at the rear However Paul’s consistency made him today’s winner on 23 points from John on 27 then Mick in third place on 40 points , well done girls . Also nice to see 3 new members from the baby dragon  class visiting/ practicing,& enquiring about the IOM class.  I make it 9 new members this year and I’m sure a lot of this is due to the friendly attitude our members portray towards those  looking for information at the lake . So keep the good work up , it doesn’t hurt to miss the odd race  to gain a new member, who knows they might be beating you within a few weeks 

29/09/2021 Midweek

26/09/2021 Sunday


No racing today, only a bit of careful fun , because 12 of our 18 marks were hiding( underwater that is )& the waters edge with it. But Mike, John and George played and kindly allowed Terry to have half  a dozen races” thankyou “             We will need to watch this space as far as Sundays FF is concerned because on top of the mark issues “ I’m sure they will be back “ we have another storm warning. I’ll check the marks Saturday morning and we can make a decision then 💋


Wednesday 5.2.20 midweek IOM Wind Westerly 1-3 mph. Temp 8’ course. Start 7&8,12p, 5p, finish 7&8 for 12 races from 10.15 to 1.30 . 6 skippers today all on A rigs .
Well what a hard days work that was , you could be half a leg down then get blown to the front of the fleet. But John dealt with it by far the best by-winning on a perfect 10 points, from Mike on 20 points and Terry on 30 points so we’ll done John 👏👏👏, hopefully see you all at Chipstead Sunday ( weather permitting). Can’t be there next Wednesday so see you Wednesday wee💋
PS Sorry about the results my iPhone is not receiving emails( since Monday) so i can’t send the results from the android to my phone as I normally do. Can’t suss it out😡


29.1.20 Midweek IOM WIND Westerly 12-14 mph Temp 5’ and sunny 7 skippers today all on B rigs for 16 races from 10.20 to 1.50 on a course 8&9 start 13p, 14p, 9p, and finish 12 and flag. With the wind direction being what it was it turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag with the race wins being shared about the fleet. John having a few electrical issues in between bouts of wins and a visit to the dark side the top 3 shared 15 of the 16 races with Mike edging it on 22 points from an ever present George on 29 points and Keith in third place on 35 points. It was great to welcome Andy back into our fleet and we hope to see more of him. Well done to Mike on his daily honours and he’s time spent with those suffering set up issues 👏👏👏

26/01/2020 Sunday Club Racing

IOM Monthly meeting Wind South 10 mph , getting up to 17mph by 1o:c temperature 7’ and dull.7 skippers today all on Arigs bar Terry on Bs. A course was set with the start at 12 & flag 14p, 7, 14, 7 p and finish 10& 11 ( later changed to 11&12, we had 16 races from 10.15 to 2.00. Terry was out after 1 race ( snapped up jib sheeting) + B rigs was not the sail to be on at the time.Keith was next out after nine races and then John by race 13 , having said that he was having a torrid day prior to that. At race 9 both Mike and John went on to B rigs with improved performance from them both, Mike finishing with 3 wins👏. However our old friend and guest for the day Vernon won the day on 19 points along with a shed load of chatter from Jim in 30 points and a strong finishing Mike on 32

Wednesday 15/01/2020

Wind South West 9/10 mph Temp 8’ 4 skippers today ( Geoff not trusting the weather opted out) the remainder using Arigs on a course set 11&12 start, 13p, 8p , and finish between 11&12 for 16 races in dry ( at 10.30) and sunny ( by 11.30) conditions. John was breaking in new sails in conditions he doesn’t favour had a bit of a testing day, Mick seemed to be a bit off the boil so it left Terry to take the day on 16 points ( 10 wins) from Mick on 21points and John a distant third with 35 points. Starting 30 minutes late , still getting 16 races in and all done by 1-30 was definitely worth the short delay for what turned out to be cracking conditions .

Wednesday 08/01/2020

8.1.20 midweek IOM Wind  South West 6 mph + Temp 11’ 7 skippers today for 12 races from 10.10 to 1.40 on a course 8&9 start, 12 p, Xp, 12p & finish 7 and flag All skippers were using A rigs  and only a few minor breakdowns for Peter, Keith & Malcolm. The main talking point today once again was the inconsistency of rule interpretation , something that seems to plague the IOM class, but I’m sure we’ll overcome this issue sharpish .     Anyway this must not distract from a fine performance by Mick scoring a perfect 10 points 👏👏👏from a distant but battling Keith a Terry tying on 34 points but Keith getting the nod on count back for second place and Terry third.                           I think a good days sailing for most.

Sunday 29/12/2019

Sunday 29.12.19 IOM Monthly Meeting Wind Southerly 6-8 mph Temp 9’ and bright. Today we had 7 skippers all using A rigs and not one single breakdown all day. We had 24 races “ yes 24” eat your heart out Buzz😂. The course was set with the start between 7&8,12p,11p,5p, & finish between 7&8. Thought out the day there was some good racing to be had and that all important beat back to the finish line was often the difference between not one but perhaps a couple or more places. It’s fare and honest to say there was a good amount of discussion to be had regards the rules and it was dealt with and hopefully will stand us with a better upstanding in the future.I won’t mention names but one skippers did do 12 penalty turns, out of 24 races that’s 50% strike rate, however earlier it was 105% at about 8 races in, so it proves having a chat helps. Anyway Mick and Jim had a good battle for honours with Mick coming out on top with 36 points 👏👏👏from Jim on 41points and Glen on 55 points, Terry and John seemed to close most of the day with only 4 points separating them, George suffered with a boat that didn’t want to run all day and lost out big time. I must add what a good days racing we all had

Wednesday 18/12/2019

Wind South 5 mph and raising to 9 mph towards midday, Temp 11’. 5 Skippers today 4 on As, 1 on Bs , we had 16 races from 10.15 through to 1.15 on a course set start 7&8, 10p, 6p, and finish between 7&8. Mike lost a sail hook and Terry a spreader from the get go & Peter only bought his B rig, Mick Carrie out a repair and we were good to go. Basically it ended up with 2 close groups of points but it didn’t feel that way on the lake, very little contact or any real protesting . A good days racing allround ( perhaps not so much for Peter but all the boats kept going. So another win for Mike👏👏👏 chased close buy Geoff and another tight finish with Malcom and Terry. The next IOMs is on Sunday the 29th Dec so for those of you I won’t see have a great Christmas break and a happy new year 🥳

Wednesday 11/12/2019

Midweek IOM . Wind eventually 9/10 mph, Temp 3’ improving to 8’ Today we had 6 skippers who had 22 races from 10-15 through to 1-30 on a course set at 7&8 start, 12p, 5p, and finish back at 7&8. It’s fare to say there was I lot of foul manoeuvres at the start line from the very onset of the day and mark 7 was waiting to catch those who took the p or more likely than not got pushed on to it. This we need to work on in the new year, it will not be tolerated any more. Anyway I said 6 skippers unfortunately Malcom never got going ( electrics or lack of) and John and George suffered late starts to the day Mike took the honours for the day “ well done that man” but the rest remained very close on points considering we had 22 races, Geoff bowed out early to attend to club matters in the Fort so in truth 2nd place was his true finish

Wednesday 27/11/2019

Wind South West 10mph dropping to 3mph at 12/30Temp 8’ 4 Skippers today all using A rigs course set at start 11&12, 13p,Xp,13p,Xp and finish 11&12 for 9 races from 10-15 to 12.45 due to heavy rain and no wind. Terry missed the first 2 races ( receiver change), Geoff missed the last 4 ( rudder post) and Mick retired from the last race due to a rudder servo failure, but whilst the fleet was together there was some good races . Mick stole the day on 9 points from John on 15 and Terry 1 behind on 16. Either way the lack of wind or the abundance of rain 💋was going to spoil the day. Well done to Mick again👏. Ps don’t forget it’s the Icicle Trophy this weekend so get those entries in

Wednesday 20/11/2019

Wind South east10 mph Temp 5’. 6 skippers today all using A rigs , with a course set at start 5&6,8p,1p, 8p,1p and finish 5&6 for 16 races from 10.15 through to 1.30. Malcom only started the first race and that was game over( electrical gremlins), Geoff only managed 5 races ( rudder ? ), Terry missed 1 race ( jib swivel broke) and other than that a good days sailing with a hand full of nose dives at mark 1 . Mick won the day convincingly 👏👏 but Keith, John and Terry fought hard for runners up spot with only a few misjudged manoeuvres which spread over 16 races in a good breeze wasn’t at all to shabby. P.S. get well soon George 💋

Wednesday 13/11/2019

Midweek IOM Wind South 5/7 mph cold but bright start turning dull at close of play. 7 skippers all using A rigs, the course was set with start 10&11, 13p, 9p, 13p, 9p and finish between 11&12. We managed to get 14 races in from 10.10 till 1.50 . Once again no breakdowns to report. The only real issue being Mark 9 and the skippers interpretations of the rules or (what they choose to see or not see). Anyway must mention the new boy “George “ only had the nerve to win the last four races so a big 👍up to him but it didn’t stop Mick from winning the day on 21 points from John in 26 points and George beating Keith on count back with 44 points .

Wednesday 06/11/2019

midweek IOM Wind North West 4 mph THEN South 4/5 mph and dropping to 0 at 1o/c, 6 skippers all on A rigs today and pleased to report no breakdowns , we got in 10 races between 10.15 & 12.30 and the total lack of wind after lunch called a halt to proceedings.  We had John take the days honours on 10 points from Mick on 18points and Malcom on 19.   A good days sailing in tricky conditions and a well done to John

Wednesday 30/10/2019

Midweek IOM Wind east 16 mph and gradualy easing Temp a cold 9’.                        

7 skippers today but only 5 got to race and those were all on B rigs. Awful day to set a course, but for the best part It was start 7 and Flag, 9p, Xp,7p, 9p, 7 p and finish 4&5 for 16 races.The talking point of the day other than more than a few dodgy starts was rounding mark 9 because in the shelter of the bank the wind had died down and all momentum was lost along with a fare few places ( good to watch though).                    Anyway it ended up really close with both Mick and John on 23 points but John took the day by virtue of he’s 7wins to Micks 5 and Keith in third on 25 points, and thankfully no real damage done in those early conditions.                

PS I’d like to thank  Mick, Keith and George for allowing me to race their new boats👍.                  

PPS Have you booked in for this Sunday Thames Trophy?

Wednesday 23/10/2019

Midweek IOM           Wind what Wind? Once again it was wait and see if it was going to blow and it eventually did up to around  8 mph from due east after an hour or so wait.    Temp    10’ and misty.          5 skippers but the unfortunate Peter never got to go with “ a no winch issue”.                       The courses were far to many to go through but the eventual one was start 7&Flag, Xp, 6p,7p, Xp,6p and finish 7&8 . We managed 14 races through to 1.40o/c.                  Once again Mick had the edge but missed the end of the days racing and that allowed Terry to take the day on 26points from Keith on 27points and Mick on 28points.

Wednesday 16/10/2019

midweek IOM . Wind South West 10 mph Temp 14’. 4 skippers today all on Bs for 9 races from 10.30 to 1.20 on a course start 7&8 13p,9p, 7p ,13 p, 9p, 7p and finish between 11&12.       Mick had his new Titan out for the first time on Bs and very nice is was to winning all the races on 7 points from a fast learning George on 15 points and a troubled Terry on 20points. The wind backed off towards midday but nobody cared to change up and called it a day early rather than faff around. I good debut by Mick who seemed particularly pleased ( well done)

Wednesday 09/10/2019

Midweek IOM Wind Westerly 10mph Temp 14’ 5 Skippers today 4 on As 1 on Bs the course was set at Start 7&8,13p,8p,13p’8, and finish 11&12 . After 3 races this Wes was changed to 6 and Flag, 12p,4p,12p,4p& finish 7&8. Peter stayed on Bs all day and become competitive as the wind grew, Terry was out with sheeting issues after 3 races, George still getting to grips with setting up his boat and improving as the day progressed Keith had a good day after Mick helped him find the sweet spot on his new boat and some good natured sailing recorded a day of no protest and only self imposed penalties being done for ten races finishing at 2.00o/c.                     Keith took the day on 11 points from Mick on 14points and George on 23.

Wednesday 02/10/2019

Midweek IOM Wind North West 11mph, Temp 12’ and cold, 5 skippers today all using As on a course starting between 8&9, 2p,Zp, and finish between 8&9. For 11 races from 10.20 through to 1o/c . Apparently the Thames barrier was used Monday night hence our sea defences didn’t defend and15 of our 18 marks are either underwater or look like nipples.Remarkably hard to spot when on the very limit of our A rigs . The day went a bit like the song 10 green bottles first we lost Geoff then Mick then Malcom then it went to B rig conditions which Keith is yet to adapt to his new boat so Only 1 left at 1 .00 so we called it a day ( we named it git) points wise Keith took the day on 17 from Terry with 18 and Malcom on 23. Quite a good result for Keith who did spend a lot of time tweaking his new charge.

Wednesday 25/09/2019

Midweek IOM 3 Skippers today, for 6races all using A rigs on a Start 7&8, 12p, 5p, 12p 5 p and finish 7&8 5’p later changed to 4p. First race 10.20 through to 12.30.    Terry forgot to switch his tranny from DF65 over to IOM     BANG!!! that was him out Geoff suffered with water ingress  then George mysteriously then suffered the same fate so game over and we all went home leaving Mike the winner.

Wednesday 18/09/2019

Midweek IOM Wind North East 8mph Temp 15’ and sunny.         

we hads 8 skippers today all on A rigs, on a course starting between 11&12 Xp, 13p,Xp, 13p and finish between 11&12’ after the tea break this was changed from Xp to 8p.           

It was nice to welcome George for his 1st IOM Meeting and he progressed very well from dodging about for the first few races to “ after a great deal of help from Jim to winning a races by pure good sailing with no excuses from the rest of the fleet “ well done to that man. Terry was very kindly leant Jim’s spare boat “only a bloody Britpop wan’it”         

The dark side got visited 4 times by people only trying to help others.Keith suffered with sheeting problems again and Peter appeared more off the water than on. There is a DNF missing from the scores but it would make no difference so I’ve left it alone.              However Jim won the meeting with 10 wins from the 12 races “ very well done Jim” John managed 2nd place with 30 & Terry 3rd on 32 points

Wednesday 11/09/2019

 Midweek IOM Wind South West 15mph Temp a sticky 14’.       

5 skippers today for 13 races from 10-10 through to 1o/c all using B rigs. The course was set at Start 7&8, 13p,9p, and finish at 12& Flag.                               

Quite a few breakdowns today both Keith and Terry lost backstays, Peter got snapped up a few times and John lost a winch, Mick being the only one to stay on the water trouble free. As the day went on it probably entered the realm of C rigs hence the damage but nobody seemed interested plus rain looked imminent and it did as we left the car park.                 

Anyway by virtue of 5 wins against Keith’s 2 Terry took the days honours on  tie 25 points and Mick in third on 28 points. Nice to see the water getting higher. A good days racing with a lot of help from our fellow competitors to keep the boats on the water.

Wednesday 04/09/2019

Wednesday 4.9.19 Midweek IOM Wind once again all over the place Temp 12’-20’ 5 Skippers today for 14 races from 10.30 till 1.40 a course was set with start 8&9, 13p, 9p & finish 12& Flag.    This was changed after the break to start 5&6, 2p, 8p, and finish 5&6 as a result of the wind direction changes, Peter never got to start the day with failed electrics Which was unfortunate & the remaining fleet settled for B rigs.          A really frustrating day with the wind changing from Minute by minute .       Anyway John got to grips with it best overall to take the days honours on 15 points from Terry on 23 and Keith on 33 so we’ll done to John + we had the added excitement of the car park jammed full of film crew , something to do with Jude Law

Wednesday 28/08/2019

Midweek IOM Wind South West 7-9 mph Temp20’               

  Nice to see 8 skippers today for 12 races from 10-10 through to 1-20 on a course set with start 11&10,13p,9p,13p,9p and finish between 11&12.      

   Dave joined us for a couple of races to make sure his boat still worked, Malcolm, Keith and Peter all suffered with merchanicalsb managed to get back on the water , and with a reasonable constant breeze some good close races were had with a good few position changes at the line. It was nice to see our latest member get off the mark by winning the day with 24 points from Terry on 25.9 points and John on 30 we’ll done to Mick.

N.B. Please remember the car park will have a film crew in it next Wednesday so be prepared for changed and make sure you’ve done your make up nice

Sunday 25/08/2019

IOM Club meeting Wind South West 7-8 mph Temp 33’ at 1o/c, 4 skippers this BHW, a late start at 10-30 for 17 races through to 1-15. Course Start 11&12, 8p,13p, and finish 11&12.     A nice constant breeze all day and lots of turning / de turning going on. Keith managed to lose his spreaders early on and put him on the back foot, John remained the one to beat and ended up taking the day on 17 points from Glen on 29 & Terry on 32, a very enjoyable days sailing with some close finishes.                     Unfortunately you couldn’t help notice the water has dropped a further 100mm 4” in old money and the Ranger does not no why, hopefully the next high tides in a few weeks will rectify this🤞🏻

Wednesday 21/08/2019

Midweek IOM Wind South West 6mph Temp 20’. 6 skippers today all on As. For 16 races from 10.15 through to 1.0o/c on a course set at Start 8&9, 12 p, 4p, and finish between 7&8 , Terry lead most of race one and limped home with a knackered winch then retired to Dave Sellens home who kindly lent and fitted his spare winch in readiness for this Sunday’s IOM Meeting🙏 A big thank you to Dave) , anyway Geoff dropped off the score board and as you can see John had a good day to win with 15 points from Malcom on 29 and Geoff on 35, nice to see Malcom finish all the races and holidays apart a nice little fleet beginning to grow.                            Don’t forget it’s IOMs this Sunday see you there. Could you give me a show of hands if you’re there or not thanks😘

Wednesday 07/08/2019

Wednesday 7.8.19 Midweek IOM. Wind south west 15 mph Temp 16-24’              6 Skippers today all using B rigs for 16 races from 10-10 through till 1-20. It was nice to see Michael join us from Chelmsford again . No major breakdowns to report just a couple of boats hooked up on the marks and the odd bat flattery,causing Malcom to visit the dark side and Terry constantly loosing places on the finishing beat. Jim won the day despite trying to detune his boat recording 12 wins on his way to 14 points from a distant second place for Terry on 38 points and Mick in third on 42 points. It managed to stay dry until I pulled out of the car park then the heavens opened 🙏

Sunday 28/07/2019

Monthly IOM Club meeting Wind North West 6-12 mph Temp 14’. 7 skippers/6 boats had 16 races from 10.05 through to 14.10 on a course starting between 7&8,Xp,6p,Hs,12s,Xp and finish 6&Flag. Today we had a guest from Chelmsford join us (Mick) and Geoff Howell and James took turns racing Jim’s Britpop to some success I might add in what it must be said where awful wind conditions with the wind playing tricks with out warning. Due to the low water the marks were there waiting to catch you out and when Terry and Dennis visited the dark side found their boats aground some 2.5 meters away from the edge. So to the scores, tight it was 27, 28, 29 , To John , Jim & Dennis , well don to those guys and to James for nicking a win in only his second race 👍. It must also be said that once again the X mark caused chaos, with some dubious moves being made, other than that a good days sport.

Wednesday 24-07-2019

Midweek IOM, Wind South West 7-9 mph Temp scorchio! 35’ when we left, 6 skippers today but only 5 took to the water Geoff suffered a receiver failure right from the get go, Keith lost the first 3 races to tiller failure, course was set starting between 8&9,orange P, 8P, and finish 12& Flag.we had a couple of long breaks from the heat and to allow skippers to carry out running repairs, but John won the day on 12 points from Terry in a distant second on 26 points and Malcom on count back in third on 31 points. A shame to see so many breakdowns but we still had some close racing whilst we were on the water

Wednesday 17-07-2019

Midweek IOM Wind South 7-10mph Temp 24’ 5 Skippers for 15 races all on As from 10-20 till 1-20 on a course 11&12 start 14p,8p,& finish 11&12 . Jim was debuting his new Vision and struggled with a faulty kicker but once repaired with brown paper and vinegar he went well enough to win the day with 23 points that tired with Geoff but with 7 wins to Geoff 5 it was enough and Malcolm was third on 30 points. Terry started well but only lasted for the first 3 races ( winch jumped) and Peter had a shroud let go to delay his progress.                   

A lot of water has been let out of the ditch and we have a lot of marks laying over. So watch out for a work party being called quite soon

Wednesday 10-07-19

Midweek IOM Wind South West 7-9 mph Temp 27’ at 1o/c.  5 skippers today all using As for 13 races from 10-25 till 1-20, a course was set starting 11&12, 13 p, 9p, and finish 11&12 and the last 5 races were 11&12 start 13p, Hp,13 p , 9 p, and finish at 11&12.               To be fare freaky winds played a big part in some of the race wins but never the less a pleasant days sailing with only one minor breakdown.Mark 9 needed to be shown some respect with a loose rope ready to snare those that dared and the new H mark spins like a top if you touch it ( there be no denying that you’ve hit it).            So today winner by one point was Malcolm on 21, from Geoff on 22 and Keith on 25

Wednesday 03-07-20

Wind North East 7 mph Temp 15’ at best ,cloudy . 6 skippers today for 16 races from 10.10 till 1.20 course Start 12 and Flag, 9p, 13 p and finish 11&12 .      A hard day to set the course because of constant wind direction changes but we stuck it out . Malcom hit gremlins from the get go and Terry had a sticky jib throughout the day and lost the winch for the last race , Glad to report Keith had a trouble free day, “well apart from the mark 9 buoy “and Peter missed the last couple of races . Main issue of the day was that horrible mark 9 but at the end it was John on 17 points from Geoff on 28 points and and Terry in third in 34 points.

Wednesday 26-06-19

Midweek IOM Wind 10mph. Temp 12’ and dull 5 skippers today for 12 races from 10-15 till 1-30 on a course set at Start 11&12, 8p,13p,8p, 13p and finish 11&12. To be fare Keith campaign never took off all day and Malcolm suffered a jib failure towards the later part of the day. Geoff had things pretty much under control from the get go and won the day on 13 points from a hard trying Terry on 20 points and a up and down John on 24 points. NB it’s baby dragons 🐉 for the next 2 Sunday’s

Sunday 23-06-19

IOM Club meeting Wind SE 10 mph Temp 14’ dull and misty 4 Skippers for 16 races from 10.00 till 2.00. A difficult day to set a course but we stayed with what we had with the start between 13 and Flag 10p,11p, 13p, 10p, 11p, 13p and finish between 11 & 12.         A constant wind speed and direction left the skippers chasing that little bit more all day . John suffered a pulley failure and only got half a day in the remaining trio swapped boats for a race or two ( the scores kept true though).           Anyway Jim took the day with a clean sheet of wins from Dennis and Terry closeish but a distants from Jim, we’ll done to him 😘

Wednesday 05-06-2019

Midweek IOM Wind 11 mph Temp 14’ and overcast.

5 skippers today all using A rigs for 13 races from 10.15 till 1.45. The course was set at Start 7& white mark 12p, Xp, 12p, and finish 7& white mark.          

  A good constant breeze saw some strong maybe aggressive racing at times resulting in Malcom taking an early bath, Keith had a shroud let go so changed to his B rig that proved to be much better set up and finished the day stronger, Geoff meet with a few breakdowns due to the for mentioned aggressive racing,   Terry had a will-full kicker that kept slackening       

All these joys resulted in John nicking the day on 22 points from Terry on 25 points and an improving Keith on 27points

Wednesday 29-5-2019

Midweek IOM Wind Southerly 15 mph Temp 13’.

4 skippers 2 on As 2 on Bs for 16 races from 10.10 till 1.20 . A course was set with the start between 7&white mark,12p,4p,& finish 7&8, Terry was out in the forth race with a tangled up winch ( probably due to being on the wrong rig), Keith had a shroud let go but the team hobbled it back together. A good wind blew constant ish all day resulting in a good many last minute dives for the line. We had John come out on top with 20 points, Keith second on 26 ( 4 wins) and Geoff third 26 points (3wins).                     

NB an early reminder there will be no IOM on Wednesday week 19.6.19 we are all going to play at the Chipstead Open😋

Sunday 26-05-2019

IOM wind 9-14 mph Temp 20’ and bright 8 skippers using a mix of A&B rigs.  On a course set with the start between 8&9, 13p, Xp, & finish between 7 & white mark. We got underway at 10.10 through to 1.30 with 16 races. Malcom failed to start the day with winch line failure, Geoff lasted 3 races before winch failure and Jim similar but fixable after missing 7 races,Terry suffered with jib sticking for the second half of the day after changing down from to A to B.

Dennis stuck with his new 3D As and managed not to nose dive all day unlike the others on As. This did result in him being the clear winner on 25 points from Glen on 32 and John on 37 , well done to those guys.     

 It’s baby dragons 🐉 next week and if I’m the only one there        ( please let me know) then I’d rather spend my birthday 🍰 with my family

Wednesday 22-05-2019

Midweek IOM Meeting Wind South 1-5 mph Temp 21’        

6 Skippers today all on As for 10 races on a course, start 5&6, 8p, 2p, and finish 7 and Flag  we began just after 10o/c and raced through to 1.20.       Keith spent the best part of the day dialling in his new rig and sails and got there in the end . Some mega close finishes in shifting conditions gave the day to John on 13 points from Malcom on 18 and Geoff with 19.    

       PS Don’t forget it’s IOMs this coming Sunday

Wednesday 15-05-2019

Midweek IOM Wind North East7-8 mph Temp 16’ and bright . We had 5 skippers today all using A rigs. A difficult course was set starting from 12 and Flag, 10p, 12p, 13p and finish between 11 & 12 , we had a few races and then the gremlins struck with Keith recently rebuilt boat loosing a rudder servo and Malcom’s winch decided to jump and after a repair did it again , so what started out as a nice day for sailing/ racing went t*ts up so we stopped racing did some tuning/ tweaking and back to back testing that proved just as much fun

Wednesday 24-04-2019

Midweek IOM, Wind easterly 8mph moving up through to 20 mph Temp 13’ with a Little rain .

4 skippers today all starting on Arigs for 5 races, very difficult to lay a course , 1st 2 races were from 7& Flag, Tp, 7p, Tp and finish between 7 & Flag we then change to 7&flag, Vp,7p, Tp and finish between 7 & Flag . The wind moved on to really need Bs but with Terry out with his sheeting line knot letting go, followed by Keith unable to use his BorC rigs ( by which time C’s were needed) it was decided to call it a day.             

NB please be reminded there’s no IOM this coming Sunday we had our turn on the 7th, so it’s the end of May for the next meeting

Wednesday 17-04-2019

Midweek IOM Wind South East then South West. 4-7 mph Temp 14’ and bright . 5 skippers today for 12 races on an early course Start 7 and Flag, Zp, 6p and finish between 7 & Flag and midway through the day we change to Start 7 and Flag, Xp,7p,Xp and finish between 7 & Flag.       

No real drama today apart from plenty of contact, no breakdowns so that is always good to say. John won the day with 7 wins and 13 points from Malcolm on 20 points and Geoff in 3rd on 28 points

Wednesday 10-04-2019

Midweek IOM Wind North East 30mph Temp 9’ ( felt like 3’).   

4 skippers today Malcom on B rig, John, Geoff & Terry on C’s A late start due to being a struggle to rig in the conditions, however we got 10 races in before we called it a day at 12o/c. On a course set st Start 7 and white mark Xp, 12p and finish between 7 & white mark.Malcom suffered rig failure and missed the best part of the day andJohn suffered with a smelly winch failure .     

   Anyway Terry won the day on 12 points from John on 13 points and Geoff in third on 21 points. A good days sailing if you liked those conditions

Wednesday 03-04-2019

midweek IOM. No wind No report ,sorry .

Coventry Trophy this coming Sunday if you haven’t booked in

Wednesday 27-3-19

Midweek IOM. Wind North West 3-6 mph Temp 10’ and dull. 4 skippers today for 14 races al on A rigs the course was set at Start 4&5, 1p,Xp,1p,Xp & finish between 6 and Flag this was later change to 4&5, 1p,9p and finish between 6 & Flag. The wind change strength throughout the day and like last Sunday it was anybody’s race to the finish line.           
Terry began to suffer with his winch sheeting in on the long run 3 times at the same spot for the last 4or5 races ( any ideas?) .  Never the less Geoff won the day with 21 points from Terry on 27 points (4 wins ) and Malcom 27 (3 wins) and John having an off day with 33 points.          

NB Have you Entered the Coventry Trophy on the 7th April ?

Sunday 24-03-2019

IOM monthly meeting Wind North West 3 -8 mph Temp 12’ we had 6 skippers today all on A rigs for 13 races from 10.15 through to 1.45 on a course set at Start Flag and 5,6P,1P,9P,1P,9P and finish at 6and Flag, later in the day 9P was replaced for XP…’s nice to report there were no breakdowns throughout the day,we did however struggle with a shifting wind and at various strengths.  Terry’s day slowed down with some forced errors whilst Dennis’s day improved to the point of taking the overall honours with23 points from John on 28points and Terry one behind on 29 points.           An enjoyable days racing on a bright spring day.     NB don’t forget the next IOM meeting is in two weeks time on the 7th April

Wednesday 20.3.19 midweek IOM Wind South 7 mph Temp 10’ at best .4 skippers today on a course set with the start between 8&9, 12p, 11p, 7s Xs and finish between 7& Flag, breakdowns plagued 3 of the starters so just a friendly mornings sailing.

Wednesday 27-02-20

No wind, No results. Sorry

Sunday 24-02-2019

WIND 0 mph, Fog could just see the the nearest marks only till 12o/c ish. So just a prat about for the 8 skippers that got there Zero points recorded

Wednesday 20.2.19 midweek IOM

Wind 14mph+ Temp a bright chilly 12’

6 skippers today on A and B rigs Course Start 7&8, 12 P, 8P, and finish 12& Flag.       And that folks was about it, Keith suffered a winch failure ( I’ve heard since its fixed), John was troubled by sheeting issues ( first time on a B rig), Malcom suffered a jib failure ( swivel ) and Terry had his winch jump and thus tangle as a result ( since fixed), but prior to that was going very well.  So only one race and not worth opening to score board.                             

NB. It’s IOMs this Sunday hope to see you all there 


Wednesday 13.2.19 Midweek IOM

Wind South 12+ mph, Temp 9’ and bright. 5 skippers all on A rigs started at 10-10 through to 1-15 for11 races. Course Start 4&5,7p,Tp,7p,Tp & finish 7 & Flag.   The wind was a bit low to start but picked up nicely as the day progressed. Peter chased set up all day, Malcolm couldn’t get the best from his boat , Keith suffered on the Starboard beat and Terry’s boat refused to respond to tweaks , then we realised the mast had snapped off at the base( so anyway a least we know what was wrong) Geoff sailed away from the fleet with 8 wins and scoring 10 points ( when you going away again) from Keith and Malcolm both on 19 points , 2nd place goes to Keith courtesy of count back and Malcolm in 3rd place .

Wednesday IOM 06-02-2019

Wind SW 0-6 mph, Temp 10’ 5 skippers turned out today for 10 races with a late start due to no wind and we finished at 1 o/c for the same reason.A course was set with the start at 4&5,7 p, 4p,7p, 4p and a finish at 7 and the flag.  Lots of start line incidents today considering the lack of wind.            Malcolm’s boat seemed the best straight out of the box and Peter’s was fast in one direction, and John spent time trying to help rectify it,  and despite this John went on to win the day on 14 points after an early bath for Malcolm, Keith & Terry after a day long battle finished 1 point apart on 18 and 19 points.

Sunday IOM 27-01-2019

 Wind NW17mph with gusts Temp 5’  6 skippers today all on B rigs we had 12 races from 10.30 through to 1.00 on a course set at Start 4&5,1p,9p,1p,9p and finish at 4&5.  6 become 5 before the the 1st race after  Jim found an intermittent electrical problem to risky to proceed but never the less stayed on to help with the start line which I must say kept him very busy with some persistent offenders, he also did the scores ( always handy in those winds)and he helped tweak a few boats, that’ll teach him to stay on👍.  Dennis only got 7 races in before Mainsail problems and Keith spent a lot of time getting his boat from the back of the fleet to competitive by the end of the day.  Glenn won the day with 15 points with a more consistent performance, (so we let him stay on and put the Dingy away).  John was second on 19 points from Terry on 32 points.With the wind becoming very unpredictable & Bs beginning to struggle we called it a day after 12 long races.                              

N.B.  It was nice to see all the bouys back on the water and all standing up thanks to George, James& Paul for spending 4 cold hours doing it ,            Cheers girls👍👍👍

Wednesday 23-01-2019 Mid Week IOM

Wind North 8-9 mph with the odd gusts Temp 0/1’ and cold , 3 skippers braved it today for 7 races from 10.30 till 1o/c on a course set at Start 8&9, 6 p, 11 p , 6p , 11 p. & finish 8&9.         No real drama today and a good constant wind sore Geoff win all 7 races finishing on 6 points from Terry on 16 points and Malcolm on 17 points, I also failed to mention that Geoff also won last week. But I won’t fail to remind you it’s IOM this coming Sunday, look forward to seeing you all then

Wednesday’s 16-01-2019 Midweek IOM

Wind South West 17mph, 9 deg C.  5 skippers today all on B rig for 16 races on a course set with start 7&8, 11p, Xp, finish 7 & 8.

Terry having written the coarse on the board then sailed to mark 12 instead of 11, for the first three races, which did him no good whatsoever (you see i practised around 12 thinking that would be the course). John was in for an early bath due to winch line tangled, Malcolm wasn’t far behind him with his own gremlins and Keith was struggling with tacking. Terry also threw away a couple more wins by missing the finish mark 8, which was a very busy place all day with some very closely contested races.

Wednesday 2.1.19

Midweek IOM Wind South 6-8 mph Temp 4’ cold. 3 skippers turned up John with an IOM, Paul with a DF65 & Terry with a RG65,   Interesting !a course was set Starting between 6&5, 2p, 6p, 5p and finish between 2&3 . The two 65s started 60 seconds ahead of the IOM and the skippers shared boats throughout the day, and proved very interesting in so much as the IOM still managed the catch and win by 7-10 metres, but by the end of play at 12.15 the RG65 was winning by twice the margin , we all gradually returned a loosing boat into a winning boat. Not such much a racing day BUT very much a work shop day, fortunately the course, strength and direction stayed constant so all what we learnt was clearly valuable and John didn’t have a wasted journey

Wednesday 12.12.18

midweek IOM Wind South East11mph, Temp 8’6 skippers today including new guy John who’s been watching us for about 6 months so he’s found a boat and joined in.all boats on A’s on a course Start 5&6, 9p,1p,Xp 1p & finish 5&6 for 11 races from 10 till 1 and then it was on the limits for A’s. Right from the start we lost 3 boats 1 rudder, 1 winch and 1 tranni,Geoff had to break off to collect the keys for Saturday so Terry used his boat for races 3&4. Geoff’s rudder then gave up for the last two races and Johns winch then went all intermittent . So Keith won the day with the only heathy boat left from John who was 1 point ahead of Geoff, it was a great day to be sailing, a pity to lose so many boats so early

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