Wednesday 4th October 2017 was Round 1 of the Autumn Mid-week IOM Championship Series and was an overcast day with a strong breeze of 12 – 15mph gusting to 17 mph, primarily from the South South West but veering slightly more westerly at times.
It was a windward/leeward course in the middle of the lake, starting between marks 8 and 9, with a beat to 12, downwind to X, beat to 12, downwind to X and finish between mark 7 and the bank.
At the start of racing the wind was about 10mph and so everybody started on No. 1 sails, but as the day went on the wind did gust at times to about 17mph causing a few to dive whilst going downwind, but everybody stayed on No.1 sails. Peter Herbert suffered an issue with his jib swivel moving at times, whilst Terry Wright appeared to have winch problems, which were not fixable at the lake and so retired after race 4.
With 8 wins from 8 races, John Newton was the overall winner on 6 points followed by Geoff Appleton, who had some close races with John Horsfield on 12 points, and John Horsfield third on 16 points.
As this was Round 1 of the Autumn Mid-week IOM Championship Series, it leaves John Newton leading on 5 points, followed by Geoff Appleton on 4 points and John Horsfield third on 3 points.