26 Sailors attended the Met & Southern IOM Championship Event from clubs all over our M&S region. It was held at Chipstead SC Radio Sailing.
The weather in the morning was cool and light variable direction wind which made for some gains in position and some losses in position for the whole fleet. David Adam, Vernon Appleton, Hugh Watson Nigel Barrow and Dave Allinson all managed to be near the front of the A fleet. Towards lunchtime the wind became more stable at around 5-6 knots with occasional gusts and a slight rise in temperature. The fleet then became more compact with some very close sailing which inevitably led to numerous calls and one protest.
Nineteen sailors arrived at Chipstead Sailing Club on a bright chilly Saturday morning. Two sailors had travelled quite a distance (Middlesbrough and Yeovil) to participate in this ranking event.
Registration and briefing complete, so racing commenced just after 10:00am. The course was 150 meter windward leeward course set into a westerly breeze of around 10mph gusting 15mph.
The club has a new weather station that is linked to the Club's website.
A great few hours had by all. We had some relay races, using milk bottles instead of batons. Requiring participants to make up 4 teams. Only one boat of each team, on the water at a time. They had to sail a course returning to shore. Handing over baton and then pushing next team member off as hard as they could.
Twenty Five sailors arrived at the Chipstead Sailing Club lake to contest the annual mid week IOM Open Meeting. In total 16 visiting sailors made the journey to Chipstead demonstrating an appetite for competitive sailing. This included a significant turnout from Emsworth of 8 sailors.