Arriving at Askern lake I was surprised to see so many boats – in fact 21 took part in the racing, starting in one fleet, one of the larger IOM Northern District events for a while. As usual we were greeted by friendly faces. Although there had been snow on the roadside on the way down, the sun shone much of the time and all the walking up and down the pond side kept us warm till the sun took control. The wind was a touch light at times, perhaps 4 – 5 knots in the morning, more after lunch.
PRO Brain Cheetham, ably assisted by David Darwell, Kliff Paskell-Jeffery and John Bush kept things moving along at a good pace and sensibly set courses that tried to reduce collisions.
There was a great variety of different hull designs on show including 3 V8s, and at least 2 beautifully made wooden boats – a Rubix in all varnish and a Corbie in white all over.
The fleet were in general very sporting and did turns when requested. The only negative to an excellent day was too many of us tried to squeeze into spaces at marks while on port that just did not exist. This was partly encouraged by large wind shifts and variable wind speeds.
Any one of 5 or 6 boats could have won with a tad more luck. After the 7 morning races, the form boats were Craig Rastrick and John Hardisty. After the break Craig was still in the hunt, but was joined at the front by John Taylor, Roger Errington and Simon Robison. Both Craig and John Taylor were taken out at critical times, which left the consistent Simon (sailing a V8) with a narrow win over Craig (MX16), with John Taylor 3rd (Rubix).
A big thanks again to the PRO, assistants and friendly competitors for making it a fun day out, and well done to the long distance travellers for making the effort, particularly John Taylor from West of the Pennines and Geoff Martindale from Beadnell (over 150 miles I believe).
Simon Robinson 5/2/2018
Ian Smith’s high quality photos : https://www.flickr.com/photos/boats-n-things/
|1st||Simon Robinson||35 points||V8|
|12th||Ray Atkinson||133||Cockatoo 2|