Round 5 of this year’s Spring Splash was raced over the same course as
the last two rounds – that being the narrow figure eight around Buoys
6,7,2,and 1 after starting between the pontoon and Buoy 1. The wind
wasn’t as strong as the two previous weeks which enabled us to sail with
the No.1 rigs without any trouble.
A warm welcome was given to new IOM skipper Stuart
Axon who joined us and will hopefully become a regular participant in
our Tuesday outings.
Brian Hartley in defence of his title got off to a
great start by winning the first three races, with Phil Parsons giving
chase in an attempt to deprive the Champion of his crown. It looked like
mission complete for Skipper Hartley until Race 4 when his keel snagged
the rope at Buoy 6 which allowed Phil to pass and win the race.
or wayward ropes got the better of Brian in the final three races
allowing Phil and George to make late challenges for the title.
Alas for Phil, who once again suffered from dizziness
as a result of his numerous penalty turns, Brian managed to hang on to
his first place for the day, thereby confirming his victory in the
competition. Phil was a close 2nd for the day and Paul 3rd.
Its looking like Phil and George will be in 2nd and
3rd places but with one more round to go and taking into account Phil’s
penalties, anything can happen.
The final round of this
year’s Spring Splash was a competition for 2nd and 3rd places as Brian
Hartley had already achieved a maximum score in four previous rounds. A
figure of eight course was set from between the podium and Buoy 1, to
Buoy 5, down to Buoy 7, across the pond to Buoy 3 and back to Buoy 1.
Phil Parsons got of to a good start taking 2nd place
in the first four races behind Brian, Paul, Brian and Roger and thereby
retaining his second place in the series and keeping George Younger in
third. Star skipper of the day was Roger Monks who scored maximum points
after a count back between him, Brian and Phil.
Congratulations to Brian Hartley once again, and
special praise to Phil Parsons and George Younger for their 2nd and 3rd
places. Well done!