Saturday’s forecast for Round 5 of the TT was at best light and variable. Who says that the wind always blows in Yorkshire. The briefing took place as normal with Derek Priestly arriving just in time to pick up the boat being loaned to him by Michael Parkington, and then the wait started. If there was some wind, it was not suiting the course. PRO John Sharman would get the course reset, only for the wind to die or swing through massive angles.
Racing eventually took place with John Tushingham managing to come to terms with the variable conditions over 14 races taking him to the win with Derek 2nd and Peter Baldwin 3rd. It was great to see a mix of Scurry, Scram, Pocket Rocket, Sith, Sledge and Manta in the top 10.
The forecast for day 2 and TT6 was much the same, possibly even more variable.
Derek hit the road running with a win in the 1st race before having his mainsheet snapped in race 2 by a rogue whirlwind. In the end this setback did not not have too much of an impact as he went on to take the event win, with John Tushingham second and Wayne Stobbs 3rd.
Thanks must go to John Sharman and his team of merry helpers for keeping things going as best they could under testing conditions.
Thanks also go to Judith and Peter Baldwin for keeping the score sheets in order and last but not least, Liz Tushingham and the other ladies in the kitchen for keeping us fed an watered during the weekend.