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IOM Nick's Knots trophy at Frensham Pond Sailing Club Model Yacht Group

by Nick Royse 14 Sep 19:46 BST 11 September 2019
IOM Nick's Knots trophy at Frensham Pond © Nick Royse

The Frensham Pond IOM Open Event for Nick's Knots was sailed on Wednesday 11 September. The wind was predominately north east or thereabouts. Initially there was some 5 knots of wind, which built to have some gusts in the mid-teens but faded to very little at times.

This was a demanding day for the sailors, but they all sailed with "A" rigs. A total of eighteen entrants enjoyed the conditions, and a fine day's racing was had by all. The entrants sailed as a single fleet which lead to some congestion at the first marks.

The testing conditions, and high quality of the fleet, lead to a high scoring series. After 16 races only four points covered the first three boats. Shooting up the rankings when the third discard became available, Dave Andrews Sedici design won the event with strong showings in the last two races.

Theo Galyer with a V9 hull was second, and third place went to Phill Holiday sailing a Britpop. David Campbell-James, David Adam and Rod Carr took the next three places.

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 to help 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 sailors came from nine clubs, and enjoyed a cream tea and prize giving at the end of the day.

Overall Results: (top six)

PosHelmSail NoClubDesignPts
1David Andrews13London MYCSedici53
2Theo Galyer37EmsworthV955
3Phil Holliday66Datchet Water RSCBritpop57
4David Campbell‑James84EmsworthBritpop68
5David Adam36Three RiversBritpop68
6Rod Carr30EmsworthV969

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