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Scottish District IOM Championships

9th April 2016


Report by Richard Ennos


Castle Semple was the venue for a very hard fought Scottish District IOM Championships

contested by fourteen skippers from six clubs within the Scottish District. The event was

blessed with fine weather and a favourable wind which filled in from the south, veered

gradually to the southwest, and varied in strength from top of number one suit to a fitful

calm punctuated by squalls towards the end of the day.

After a slight delay to allow the local press to photograph the competitors, the event

began with a fleet only too anxious to get started, resulting in a spate of general recalls

in the early races. When the fleet did get away, it was Ian Dundas who immediately

jumped into the lead recording two very convincing wins in the first two races. However

it soon became clear that Ian would not continue to enjoy this level of domination, with

Patrick Johnson sailing a newly acquired Britpop taking race three and Brian Summers

with his own design Buzz II winning race four. Also showing impressive speed at these

early stages was Gordon Allison’s V9, while Steve Taylor with a new Britpop was

consistently putting in low scores.

Sailing conditions on the long course were suitably challenging, and visibility of boats at

the windward mark was hampered at times by the glare from the sun to which the

skippers did not seem accustomed. However this could not excuse some poor behaviour

by skippers at all levels within the fleet approaching the windward mark on port tack and

failing to yield to yachts holding right of way. As the day proceeded the frequency of

these incidents thankfully declined and fair and competitive racing broke out.

Through the course of the championships fortunes fluctuated within the fleet. John

Owens had a purple patch shortly after lunch with multiple wins that pulled him up the

leader board. Steve Taylor was making real progress until he broke a forestay, and had

to take two races out for repairs. Undiagnosed forestay problems were also suffered by

Richard Rowan who was only competitive once these were sorted out. This meant that

the championship became a contest between Ian Dundas, who was struggling to find

consistency in the early afternoon, and Patrick Johnson, in his trademark black puffer

jacket, who showed great form throughout the last six races. In the end it was not quite

enough to overhaul Ian Dundas who became Scottish District IOM Champion for 2016.



  

    Position     Skipper               Club          Design         Points

        

        1st         Ian Dundas             Aberdeen        Britpop              38

        2nd              Patrick Johnson       Ayr Bay          Britpop              44

        3rd              Steve Taylor           Aberdeen        Britpop              52

        4th              John Owens            Aberdeen        Britpop              54

        5th              Brian Summers         Tayside          Buzz II              56


Race Team: David Smith (Paisley), Nick Cowern (Levenhall), John Handley (Levenhall),Tony Mitchell (Levenhall), Richard Ennos (Levenhall)