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IOM Day 3

Day 2 of racing - This morning's photos.

Yesterday there was a great little breeze, although very cold. This morning we had a heavy frost and brilliant sunshine but... not much wind. So, today it wasn't so great for a lot of sailors but fantastic for a fine arts photographer! Those reflections were beautiful, some of which I have included here.

 

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Hmmm. That's what the ground was like with the heavy frost. 

 

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Moving slowly to line up for the start.

 

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The start! And they're off! Slowly...

 

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Those amazing reflections.

 

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Much concentration.

 

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Which way?

 

 

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Oops! Number 23 was over!

 

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Wonderful reflections...

 

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Phew! That race is finished. Head for shore.

 

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Tight bunch.

 

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Love the starts!

 

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Have to follow your boat along the edge of the lake.

 

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Ah, a little breeze!

 

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Uh oh! I got caught taking this shot.

 

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Number 15 is beating number 23... to the start line.

 

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Slow start.

 

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And... number 15 is way in the lead!!

 

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Through the trees.

 

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I could never get a clear shot of the competitors without some trees!

 

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Follow the leader around the top marks.

 

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Just a pretty shot at the finish line.

IOM Day 2 - all go!

Day 2 photos. It was a cold day, but thankfully we didn't get the predicted bad weather. 

 

 

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Launching the boats before racing to make sure everything works.

 

 

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The briefing.

 

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Racing will commence shortly.

 

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Minor adjustments to be made.

 

 

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The caffeine fix is at the ready!

 

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Such concentration!

 

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The race officials discuss progress.

 

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Preparing for the next heat.

 

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View of the racing from the other side of the lake.

 

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Heading downwind.

 

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Rounding the mark.

 

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Boats being retrieved and the next fleet launching theirs.

 

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Sailors amongst the trees.

 

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A good start.

 

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Another view from the opposite side of the lake.

 

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Oops! Was over the line at the start!

 

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Boat retrieval.

 

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They're off!

 

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On the downwind leg.

 

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Can you see your boat? Which one is mine?

 

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End of the day and the RO, Rod Liddy, unhooks the starter.

 

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Time to pack up the boats for the day.

 

:)

 

 

IOM Day 1 - Registration

Lake Rua was a hive of activity when I arrived with my camera in hand. The sailors had their boats in the water for a test run and they looked great! Not so great was the weather. Everyone was well-wrapped up against the cold. I was told they'd just about had everything today - rain, hail, sleet, wind, no wind, North West, South West... 

Some photos below. We hope the weather is kind tomorrow...

The looming sky brought hail just North of Rua. Huddled agains the cold, the sailors nevertheless seemed to enjoy the test run. 

The boats fairly close together as they round the top mark. Could be an interesting contest if they're all as close as this in the actual racing. 

The rain came in, and the boats were quickly retrieved and shelter sought. 

Watch out for more news tomorrow...

- Thysje Arthur

Official event photographer.

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