Following round 3 of the IOM Ranking Series the previous day, round 4 took place on Sunday 18th June 2017 at Coalhouse Fort RYC under very similar conditions, except the temperature seemed slightly higher. Apart from that, the wind direction and strength yet again were a major factor on the days racing, creating major problems for both the Race Officer, Geoff Appleton and all the competitors.
Based on representation by the MYA Race Officer following discussions with the competitors and the Race Team, it was agreed that the event would be run with two heats, at least initially for the seeding races. Assuming these went OK the event as a whole would run with two heats, which actually happened.
As per the previous day, the temperature and changeable wind conditions caused some frustration amongst the competitors, but overall everybody was well behaved and the race team would like to thank everybody for their understanding with the decisions that needed to be taken. AT one point a sea breeze could be seen approaching the venue and so a decision was take to delay the start of the next race, which was explained to the competitors. Throughout the day there were many course changes which entailed moving from one end of the lake to the other and back again. But even this did not prevent changes in wind strength and direction during a race creating difficulties and frustration for competitors.
There was a protest/request for redress regarding the same incident, with the protest being dismissed and the request for redress being upheld.
Yet again, the top skippers showed their experience under very trying conditions, but it was Rob Walsh and Colin Goodman who were the obvious contenders with Rob eventually taking the win and Colin second followed by Josh King in third.
|2||Colin Goodman||61||Coalhouse Fort RYC||BritPop||14.0||1.0||6.0||2.0||3.0||2.0||10.0|
|7||Graham Bantock||95||Chelmsford RYC||AKA||34.0||3.0||16.0||26.0||1.0||9.0||5.0|
|8||Tony Edwards||75||Yeovil MBC||BritPop||37.0||5.0||9.0||7.0||15.0||19.0||1.0|
|9||Mark Dennis||19||Chelmsford RYC||BritPop||40.0||1.0||17.0||20.0||2.0||16.0||4.0|
|11||Darin Ballington||98||Manor Park RSC||BritPop||41.0||7.0||8.0||8.0||9.0||11.0||9.0|
|12||Rob Vice||181||Clapham MYC||BritPop||45.0||6.0||11.0||17.0||11.0||4.0||13.0|
|14||Vernon Appleton||36||Coalhouse Fort RYC||BritPop||60.0||3.0||13.0||16.0||25.0||13.0||15.0|
|15||Dave Allinson||04||Chipstead SC||Fractal-2||62.0||17.0||20.0||14.0||5.0||12.0||14.0|
|16||George Beacroft||15||Chelmsford RYC||Vision||62.0||14.0||25.0||13.0||10.0||8.0||17.0|
|17||Dave Alston||11||Manor Park RSC||V||66.0||7.0||14.0||6.0||17.0||26.0||22.0|
|19||Vinnie Zammit||17||Norwich MYC||BritPop||74.0||11.0||28.0||12.0||18.0||22.0||11.0|
|20||Derek Priestley||67||Fleetwood||In Transition||77.0||10.0||4.0||18.0||26.0||19.0||26.0|
|21||Roy Stevens||54||Tri-Services RYA||BritPop||83.0||8.0||15.0||22.0||19.0||23.0||19.0|
|22||Peter Crisp||180||Chipstead SC||Kantun S||89.0||9.0||26.0||25.0||14.0||15.0||30.0|
|23||Barry Raven||32||Chelmsford RYC||BritPop||96.0||8.0||18.0||28.0||30.0||32.0||12.0|
|24||Chris Elliott||74||Lincoln MYC||BritPop||96.0||17.0||32.0||19.0||28.0||14.0||18.0|
|25||Mike Kemp||37||Two Islands RYC||Fraktal||96.0||11.0||21.0||21.0||22.0||21.0||23.0|
|27||Jenny Hand||69||Lincoln MYC||BritPop||108.0||13.0||22.0||29.0||24.0||29.0||20.0|
|28||Cameron Vice||194||Guilford MYC||Greyhound Mk 2||114.0||14.0||29.0||24.0||27.0||25.0||24.0|
|29||Colin Walton||3||Manor Park RSC||BritPop||115.0||12.0||27.0||27.0||21.0||28.0||29.0|
|30||Alf Reynolds||42||Chelmsford RYC||Italiko||121.0||13.0||30.0||23.0||31.0||27.0||28.0|
|31||Tracey Ballington||8||Manor Park RSC||BritPop||126.0||12.0||24.0||31.0||29.0||30.0||31.0|
Thanks to all competitors and members of Coalhouse Fort RYC for their fortitude on another difficult day with difficult decisions having to be made.
Report courtesy John newton and photos Dave Sellens.