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IOM Ranking event at Woodspring Model Sailing Club

by Nigel Barrow 30 Oct 2023 18:24 GMT
Messing about in the mud (rescue training at Portishead) © Nigel Barrow

The forecast looked promising for this event with a strong breeze blowing straight down the lake. Alas, never believe what you read in the forecast.

Conditions for the weekend at Portishead were light and there was more easterly in the wind which meant it had to come over a large hill, through a couple of housing estates and then through the trees at the upwind end of the lake. The result was a challenging breeze which flicked at random across the two days. I am sure this caused our Race Officer Tony Edwards a headache, but he did set courses which made the best use of the breeze and provided us with good racing.

Woodspring is an interesting location in a glorious setting on the edge of the Severn estuary. When you look out over it the water is brown on the ebb and blue on the rising tide. Over the weekend we saw a huge 'jack up' ship pass and a large car transporter which were interesting distractions.

One of the curious but I guess essential activities I saw on the estuary, was a group of about 15 doing mud rescue training with two volunteers about 100 yards out in the mud sitting presumably waiting to be rescued by the victims/ volunteers. It's a messy smelly business but I guess someone has to do it and we are grateful for them. Enough of that, on with the racing.

With 32 boats on Saturday and 37 on Sunday, racing was in two heats with four up and down on Saturday and six up and down on Sunday.

On Saturday no one could keep up with Rob Walsh whose worst results were two fifths. It was a true master class leaving Craig Richards and Peter Stollery in his wake. All bar Rob counted at least one bad race often caused by the collection of a leaf or a stick on the fin. Well done Rob.

After watching the Rugby on Saturday night accompanied perhaps by the occasional beverage, competitors returned to the water to be greeted by similar conditions to the Saturday. Sunday was Peter Stollery's day, who dominated over Rob and Craig Richards but even Peter had one bad race which he was able to discard.

Tony managed to squeeze in 8 races and whilst conditions were tricky and at times frustrating for those in the pack, a good time was had by all and out thanks must go to the team of volunteers who made the weekend so enjoyable:

  • Event coordinator - Bob Connor
  • Race officer - Tony Edwards
  • Scorers - Sue Conner, Min Edwards
  • Scoreboard Finish - Alan Barnstable, Sarah Bush
  • Start/Fin/rescue - Simon Evans
  • Observer/admin - Steve Gill

Thank you, Woodspring. We look forward to coming back.

Saturday's Results:

PositionHullSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1BritPOP!25Rob WalshFleetwood125311513
2Alioth112Craig RichardsDatchet Water2441823419
3BritPOP!39Peter StolleryGuildford1511182825
4Venti12Gavin WatsonWest Cornwall711050154128
5BritPOP!98Darrin BallingtonLincoln2106041019335
6BritPOP!54Nigel BarrowFrensham Pond816113411239
7Dead Reckoning87Derek PriestleyFleetwood47810371339
8Venti65Pete WaltersLincoln5131420119646
9V1123David LindsayHampton Court3631113121247
10BritPOP!73Vernon AppletonDatchet Water381721661656
11V1068Peter CropperDartmoor7918147101865
12Venti46Mick ChamberlainLincoln142022850141071
13BritPOP!22Ben HarkerNorwich120129717191471
14BritPOP!154Roy StevensScarborough131112161413972
15K230Roger CratesBridlington6172723981174
16Venti163Rob DyerEastleigh43201525293078
17BritPOP!94Simon ClarkeWindrush9197918211779
18BritPOP!97Robert WilsonLincoln5331933215790
19SV144Nigel BrownGosport92424612162390
20Alternative16Richard AucottSedgemoor614131722242193
21Sedici15Eric AustwickFleetwood14232112162325109
22Alioth32Simon RichardsonManor Park8272920231715110
23Viper17Rob BradbourneManor Park10221519262620112
24BritPOP!14Bob ConnerWoodspring13152629272219122
25V1044Tim HandLincoln11252527201529123
26Isotonic139Oliver StolleryGuildford113201628193022126
27BritPOP!49Tracey BallingtonLincoln152132024242024128
28MX1456Simon FairmanROFWAC10262322302731138
29Equinox71John TaylorWoodspring12312826292526146
30Kantun 260Errol EdwardsChew Valley15293125282828153
31Venti175Anthony MarshallHove17282030323333160
32Slimbo 237Dave MorrisDartmoor16303031313327165

Sunday's Results:

PositionHullSail NoSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1BritPOP!39Peter StolleryGuildford41122225112
2BritPOP!25Rob WalshFleetwood114151133716
3Alioth112Craig RichardsDatchet21625592420
4BritPOP!54Nigel BarrowFrensham Pond151363613324
5V1044Tim HandLincoln415103781831
6Venti163Rob DyerEastleigh5914107162736
7V1123David LindsayHampton Court23516121017537
8BritPOP!87Derek PriestleyFleetwood7731826171439
9BritPOP!22Ben HarkerNorwich687841281841
10BritPOP!98Darin BallingtonLincoln6136126226945
11BritPOP!94Simon ClarkeWindrush1141610111541050
12Alternative16Richard AucottSedgemoor361722374101151
13BritPOP!14Bob ConnerWoodspring1421111141319253
14Venti65Pete WaltersLincoln1210415205111355
15BritPOP!154Roy StevensScarborough82287817222270
16SV144Nigel BrownGosport92420281511141988
17BritPOP!97Robert WilsonLincoln31926141318252188
18BritPOP!9Steve VenablesManor Park14341823281491593
19Sedici55Nigel ClarkeSedgemoor9292713916243398
20K230Roger CratesBridlington81719341920152098
21Equinox71John TaylorWoodspring171814918253330101
22Vickers V962Colin NewtonWoodspring71291722373737104
23Isotonic139Oliver StolleryGuildford1235232427231212106
24BritPOP!73Vernon AppletonDatchet172322261722286107
25Viper17Rob RadboumeManor Park1033282123241816112
26Venti46Mick ChamberlainLincoln1321321924192023115
27V1068Peter CropperDartmoor520302016292932119
28BritPOP!49Tracey BallingtonLincoln13112133292626 34 126
29MX1456Simon FairmanROFWAC10252525302821 25 131
30Kantun 260Errol EdwardsChew Valley16273427252732 26 148
31Venti175Anthony MarshallHove Lagoon11323131323023 24 150
32Alioth32Simon RichardsonManor Park15283530353727 17 152
33Sedici15Eric AustwickFleetwood16312929223134 31 158
34BritPOP!0Mark ButlerFleetwood153024323137 3129 160
35Slimbo 237David MorrisDartmoor192633373333 3028 169
36Arrow47Rick HemerslagSedgemoor183636353432 3537 190

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