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IOM open meeting at Frensham Pond Sailing Club Model Yacht Group

by Nick Royse 15 Sep 10:52 BST 13 September 2017
IOM open meeting at Frensham © Nick Royse

The Frensham Pond IOM Open Event for Nick's Knots was sailed on Wednesday 13 September. The average wind was westerly and some 12mph, but the gusts were nearer 20mph, and came from various directions. This was demanding stuff for a One Metre model yacht.

A total of eighteen entrants braved the conditions, and a fine day's racing was had by all, even if most boats suffered several broaches. The entrants were divided into two fleets with four promotions and demotions between the fleets after every race.

Master of the conditions was Dave Andrews sailing his Britpop design 46. He started with a full (A) rig, but soon set a smaller (B) rig like most of the other competitors. Such was Dave's mastery that after ten races he was able to discard a 2nd and 3rd place to only count his wins.

In second and third place were two much older designs, Dick Jobbins with a Merlo, and Roger Carter with his Gadget.

The eighteen sailors came from seven clubs, and although there were a few breakages, all but four boats were still sailing at the end of the day. This was a clear demonstration of how well the boats had been prepared, and how tough these little yachts are.

All contestants were very well behaved with penalty turns for infringements being done promptly and usually without any reminders being needed. A strong contingent of Frensham MYG members was there - some sailing and some helping with the race administration - especially noteworthy being John Haine's PC skills with the MYA race management system, which worked flawlessly producing results and current placings within moments of the end of each heat.

The event was followed by a magnificent cream tea, and prize giving.

Overall Results:

PositionSkipperSail NoClub/CityHullR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1Dave Andrews46Hampton CourtBritpop11111131128
2Dick Jobbins80SolentMerlo372624532122
3Roger Carter69FPSC MYGGadget1033493443327
4Roger Pearce38FPSC MYGBritpop264269184631
5David Adam36R S WokingBritpop2465426571034
6Barry White361FPSC MYGBritpop389357728742
7John Sturgeon15FPSC MYGCapitulation1281188976444
8Peter Mitchell136FPSC MYGSKA455871129111251
9Laurance Naylor53Phoenix MMCVickers 971113919681110567
10Graham Whitehead9FPSC MYGIsis 2512111410101010101177
11Chris Pearce153FPSC MYGIsis 1697121217146131378
12John Woods169R S WokingPikanto51512101316121351080
13Peter Constable32Hove LagoonV9410187351919191985
14Peter Kirby51R S WokingMX 1461416131614131212892
15Peter Chance90R S WokingPikanto8161515111511141415103
16John Nicholl63Hove LagoonBritpop9171017141315151919110
17Keith Parrott2FPSC MYGStealth7131416151219191919115
18David Lees164MYSABritpop10191919191919191919143