Saturday 17th June 2017 saw some 33 skippers arrive at Coalhouse Fort RYC for Round 3 of the IOM Ranking Series. The forecast for the day was very high temperatures and little or no wind from a westerly direction – not good.
Based on the number of competitors, the forecast prevailing conditions, and local knowledge, Race Officer Geoff Appleton decided to run three heats. And so with a wind that was constantly changing both in strength and direction, even during a race, racing got underway. The changing conditions not only made it extremely difficult to set a fair course, but also made it a challenge for the competitors in trying to find the wind.At times the wind would go from a good breeze to very little and even change direction during a race and so at times it was a lottery if a skipper was in the right place at the right time. Obviously with these conditions and the very high temperatures, clearly some people became quite frustrated but overall most competitors accepted the situation and got on with their racing.
Despite the conditions and frustrations there were only two protests were received one of which was a request for redress which was denied by the Protest Committee. The other in race 4, was based on a starboard boat having to take avoiding action on a Port boat, with the Port boat failing to take a penalty turn – the protest being upheld and the Port boat being disqualified.
From the start it became quite obvious it was going to be close and the eventual winner would be decided between, Peter Stollery, Colin Goodman, Tony Edwards and Rob Walsh. In fact going into the last race their were three skippers on 9 points, namely Peter, Colin and Rob. Because of the conditions, the last race of the day was very tight on the time limit and as a consequence, at the request of the majority of the ‘A’ heat skippers, the final ‘A’ heat was shortened to a one lap, which proved to be significant in defining the final positions.
|1||Peter Stollery||39||Guilford MYC||BritPop||12.0||1.0||3.0||4.0||1.0||8.0||3.0|
|2||Colin Goodman||61||Coalhouse Fort RYC||BritPop||14.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||7.0||6.0||5.0|
|3||Tony Edwards||75||Yeovil MBC||BritPop||15.0||2.0||4.0||7.0||4.0||1.0||4.0|
|6||Darin Ballington||98||Manor Park RSC||BritPop||21.0||6.0||7.0||6.0||5.0||2.0||2.0|
|8||Vernon Appleton||36||Coalhouse Fort RYC||BritPop||28.0||3.0||6.0||13.0||8.0||4.0||7.0|
|9||Mark Dennis||19||Chelmsford RYC||BritPop||36.0||4.0||8.0||5.0||9.0||11.0||10.0|
|12||Graham Bantock||95||Chelmsford RYC||AKA||55.0||1.0||11.0||17.0||14.0||12.0||20.0|
|13||Tony Guerrier||50||Three Rivers RYC||V10||56.0||5.0||9.0||8.0||34.0||18.0||16.0|
|15||Derek Priestley||67||Fleetwood||In Transition||65.0||4.0||18.0||12.0||17.0||14.0||19.0|
|17||Dave Alston||11||Manor Park RSC||V9||75.0||6.0||21.0||14.0||21.0||17.0||17.0|
|18||Mike Kemp||37||Two Islands RYC||Fraktal||76.0||7.0||32.0||26.0||18.0||10.0||15.0|
|19||Roy Stevens||54||Tri-Services RYA||BritPop||80.0||10.0||19.0||23.0||30.0||15.0||13.0|
|22||Dave Allinson||04||Chipstead SC||Fractal-2||86.0||7.0||12.0||19.0||33.0||24.0||24.0|
|23||Vinnie Zammit||17||Norwich MYC||BritPop||90.0||10.0||31.0||33.0||16.0||22.0||11.0|
|25||Peter Crisp||80||Chipstead SC||Kantun S||96.0||9.0||16.0||21.0||29.0||30.0||21.0|
|27||Colin Walton||3||Manor Park RSC||BritPop||104.0||5.0||20.0||27.0||25.0||31.0||27.0|
|28||Chris Elliott||74||Lincoln MYC||BritPop||107.0||7.0||29.0||24.0||24.0||23.0||31.0|
|29||Austin Guerrier||28||Datchet Water||V10||111.0||8.0||25.0||30.0||26.0||26.0||26.0|
|30||Tracey Ballington||8||Manor Park RSC||BritPop||114.0||10.0||24.0||22.0||31.0||29.0||29.0|
|31||Alf Reynolds||42||Chelmsford RYC||Italiko||121.0||11.0||33.0||28.0||27.0||32.0||23.0|
|32||Jenny Hand||69||Lincoln MYC||BritPop||127.0||11.0||30.0||31.0||28.0||28.0||30.0|
|33||Andy Seymour||85||Southend MBC||V8||133.0||9.0||28.0||32.0||32.0||33.0||32.0|
The Race Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the competitors for their understanding of the decisions taken under the difficult conditions that prevailed and to thank all the Coalhouse Fort RYC members who assisted throughout the day.
Report courtesy John Newton and photos Dave Sellens