Met & Southern UK IOM Ranking Event @ Datchet

The weather was warm, sunny and a gentle breeze greeted the competitors as they arrived Saturday morning for the last Ranking Event of the year.  Predictably the tide or should I say reservoir was level with the first tier or beach!  Which for our small yachts did produce some interesting wind conditions close to the shore due to the ramped and banked reservoir construction.  However, the added height of the control area did give the skipper a far better perspective of the course, other yachts and wind lanes over the course.
Without going into too much detail my actual performance was the usual mixed bag of highs and lows.  The good was often over shadowed by the bad and a promotion to 'B' fleet was instantly followed by a demotion to 'C'.  Skipper error mixed with a bit of bad luck and at times poor rig tuning proved my undoing.  I'm also coming round to thinking that my Edge design is slightly off the pace, my BRC winch isn't accurate enough and the rudder servo probably needs replacing for this level of competition so it's back to the drawing board and bank account.
Here are some photo's of the Edge 35 taken by Sue Brown of Catsails.