SAILING DESPITE a strong wind, gusting up to Force seven in Bembridge Harbour, ten boats took part in races three and four of Brading Haven’s Ice-breaker Series.
The fleet included a number of helms from the club’s fast handicap fleet, who had borrowed Scows from fellow members.
In the first race, the only non-Scow in the line-up, Phil Wright in a club Pico, took the lead, closely followed by Martin Moore.
The fleet stayed in close contact around the first lap but as the second lap developed, a number began struggling in the conditions resulting in three retirements, the most dramatic of which was a broken tiller.
In the reduced field, Wright fought valiantly to retain his lead by a matter of seconds from Moore to take the winning gun but as is often the case he was pushed back into fifth on handicap with Moore first, Jodie Dyer second and Graeme Bowen third.
After a short break to carry out a number of minor repairs and pump out a boat or two, nine took to the water for the second race.
With Wright and Moore again breaking through to the front it was envisaged a repeat was about to occur but with tired limbs and the continuing strain on rigs it was not long before Wright was struggling with rig failure and Don Guidon was taking an early bath when his Scow turned turtle. Moore however showed his skills again taking the winning gun ahead of Bowen and Michael Quinn.