A selection of pictures from Jeff Postlethwaite have just been posted to the “Gallery”, and an appology to Laurie Brown for not including his PRO scores in the interim series results. This has now been amended and the new positions posted to the “Results” tab.
Market Bosworth RYC were looking forward to hosting their first open meeting at their new venue Stanton Lakes, everything was set, rescue boat acquired (thanks Manor Park) new buoys laid and race team ready. We just needed some skippers and wind and sure enough we got both. We planned for two fleets with an entry of 20, but with one cancellation and one no show we were down to 18. We could have run with one fleet but decided to stick to plan A and two fleets. The wind was forecast a steady westerly 14/15 mph and for the first race whilst a few may have been tempted to try their No 1 suits everyone decided No2 suit was the way to go.
The seeding races got underway pretty much on time with wins for Darin Ballington and Mick Chamberlain and this was to prove the pattern for the day however a mention must also go for Tracey B scoring a second place in her seeding race making it something of a family affair and Simon Pope 2nd in his seeding race on his first Midland District event for quite sometime. As the day continued Darin and Mick were the skippers to beat however consistency was the order of the day and the home team’s Steve Haywood scored a solid set of 3rd places along with a couple of seconds which meant he was always in the mix. A few skippers; Jen, David A and Graham W definitely got their moneys worth and couldn’t decide whether they wanted to be in A or B fleets.
As the day wore on the wind steadily increased to the top end of No 2 suit and with boats nose diving a few decided to try their No 3 suits for size, Mick Cooper and Graham Whalley almost got away with it but No 2 proved to be the right rig at the end of the day.
We completed nine full races; with two discards and just 7 points Darin took the overall win only his 3rd place discard in race 7 spoiling what would have been a full set of first places. Second place went to Mick with Steve not so far behind in third.
Thanks to all the skippers on behalf of Market Bosworth RYC for making our first open at Stanton Lakes such a success and thanks very much to the race team of Gordon, Roy, Tony B, Jeff and Andy and also to Pete C for helping to observe. Also to the rest of the MBRYC team for helping with the preparations.
We look forward to seeing you again in March for the Sears Trophy but don’t forget the next round of the IOM MDWS is on 25th Feb at Manor Park.
Laurie Brown, PRO, MBRYC.
The interim series results after the third round have been calculated and added to the “Results” tab.