Quinn Legal Isle of Man Cruiser Championships
The Isle of Man Yacht Club hosted the Quinn Legal Isle of Man Cruiser Championships, which has been held by Douglas Bay Yacht Club for the last few years. Keelboat racing has had a recent resurgence in Port St Mary with the addition of the First Class 8 fleet. Frequently getting 10 boats on the water on a Wednesday night for club racing. This tempted 2 visiting yachts to make the journey down to Port St Mary for the event, Skoosh and Tango.
The course was laid, by our Race Officer June Collister who was ably assisted by Mike Pridham, in a steady SW breeze with a substantial swell, which made sailing uncomfortable. Namely, breaking the not-so sturdy stomach of a Jesticul8 crew member and most importantly cracking your reporter’s rib (he valiantly and heroically sailed on for a further 4 races). Throughout the afternoon, the breeze settled, sea state moderated and sunshine filled the sky. Albert Penguin fought at the front of the fleet against G8crasher who showed aggressive upwind pace all day. The bird just piping the late entrant on the final mark rounding, then it was stop watches out to count minutes until Tango crossed the line to win by a margin of 7 seconds on corrected time. Skoosh having minor issues, snapping spinnaker poles, rounded off the podium. Kneale sailing Genesta was always nipping at the heels of the leading pack but couldn’t quite make an indentation on the podium. The First Class 8’s of Port st. Mary, looking resplendent with their new cornucopia of colourful kites were forgetting the potential of the handicapped boats from Douglas who were consistently putting solid results in from the back of the race. Andy Dunn and crew piloting Tango to be the overnight leader by 1 point from Albert Penguin, Skoosh 3rd.
Sunday dawned and most of the fleet had been revelling in the hospitality put on by the Isle of Man Yacht Club. There was a gentle breeze, flat water and an overcast sky. With another SW laid windward leeward course the racing was competitive and very tight. Albert Penguin and Tango once again jostling for the win from different ends of the course. In the last and final race of the series, G8crasher went to cross behind Lazy Bones who had been sailing consistently in the mid-fleet. Unfortunately, the gap was not measured and the masts of both boats collided, resulting in both to snap and collapse. Thankfully no-one was injured and both boats were safely back on shore by the end of the day – the last race being abandoned to ensure that all were safe. The fleet clubbed together and had the boats out of the water and were welcomed in by the sponsor’s reception.
Tango (A. Dunn) 7 pts
Albert Penguin ( P. Hardisty) 8 pts
G8crasher (J. Corlett) 20 pts
Skoosh (R. Pemberton) 20 pts
Genesta II (M. Kneale) 23 pts
Lazy Bones (G. Proctor) 3pts
Miss Herd (P. Barlow) 37 pts
Jesticul8 (M. Wilson) 41 pts
Reprob8 (J. Walker) 41 pts
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