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IOM open meeting at Huntingdon Radio Yacht Club

by Marin Brooking 21 May 2023 22:27 BST 20 May 2023

Huntingdon Radio Yacht Club was delighted to welcome 18 competitors to their first IOM Open event at their new venue of Hunts Sailing Club in St Ives Cambridgeshire on Saturday 20th May. The day started and continued with bright blue skies and a decent (but cheekily variable) northerly breeze.

It really was a case of "champagne sailing" conditions. 13 visitors from as far away as Surrey and Lincolnshire joined HRYC members on a course that was laid on the east side of a small finger of land affectionately known as "the spit". It was a standard windward/leeward affair with a downwind gate and a separate finish line at the end of the second lap. The fresh and shifty breeze allowed a decent distance between marks and good close racing with many place changes.

After registration by club ambassador Andy Start and the traditional HRYC welcome of coffee and free cake, a briefing was held by RO Noel Donaldson at 09:40 in readiness for starting the racing at 10:00 sharp. A total of 18 races took place, with a highly competitive fleet which included many top-flight IOM sailors skippering a variety of up-to-the-minute designs and beautifully turned out boats.

With a single fleet (no heats required), the racing was completed in a series of batches with breaks for coffee, lunch and tea, including more fabulous cake laid on by Karen and Stephen Brown.

The wind was generally 10 to 18mph with the odd gust that induced rapid accelerations and some nose diving down wind; and there were plenty of tricky shifts that led to the sort of snakes and ladders sailing that inland sailors know and love. The bias on the start line and the best choice of lane up the first beat varied from race to race, helping most skippers to enjoy a moment or two of fame at the front of the fleet. The sparkling sunshine continued throughout the day - thank goodness for the sun cream!

Stand out performances included series winner Colin Goodman who impressively accumulated only 20 points from the 18 races and 3 discards. His immaculately prepared boat, smooth sailing style and astute tactics showed what it takes to win at this level. Other notable performances were from Darin Ballington, Nigel Barrow, David Hope, local hero Dave Green and Vernon Appleton - the top six places all being taken by the formidable Britpop design.

The racing was close and hard-fought in a competitive, but very friendly atmosphere and it was a joy to see a fleet of 18 closely matched boats lining up for the starts and changing places through good tactics and well chosen lanes.

Videos of the event can be found at

Huntingdon RYC website:

Thank you to everyone involved - from the catering and event management, to the large number of visiting guests - we all had a very memorable day and we're looking forward to the DF95 open on 8th October.

Overall Results:

PositionSail #HullSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16R17R18Pts
161BritpopColin GoodmanChelmsford RYC11152231112111311320
298BritpopDarin BallingtonLincoln RSC62621512221753122233
354BritpopNigel BarrowFrensham Pond RSG34234143535482637551
411BritpopDavid HopeChelmsford RYC433464674616264563161
577BritpopDave GreenHuntingdon RYC25417956104732104810875
673BritpopVernon AppletonDatchet Water SC5191919362412595472581996
737FraktalMike KempTwo Islands RYC710888795311313129846499
8175SpockJohn GillChelmsford RYC975710107116761195911116114
946KainosAndrew JohnsonHuntingdon RYC12976143108141212911812797130
1053BritpopMichael GoldingCoalhouse Fort RYC8691491989710487157191919140
1149WedgeAndy HarroldHuntingdon RYC11131412118131098810314139149147
12246BritpopPhilip DavenportHuntingdon RYC101213101511111381510610121512411153
13145ArrivalTerry WrightCoalhouse Fort RYC14111211512121419915151461410510159
1456Kantun SMXBarry GraverBroads RYC191410191313161213191316161611131314203
1569Goth XPMichael WillettTwo Islands RYC131516161715151516141117151110141212204
1674MX18Bob YoungCoalhouse Fort RYC151615151214141615131712131716151513213
1779Kantun SGeoff JoseyBroads RYC16811131616171711161414171319191919218
18155AliothChris SparksHuntingdon RYC17191991919191919191919191919191919273

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