Six RG65 and three DF65 sailors turned out to sail this week, including two welcome DF65 visitors from Gresford. There was a good breeze down the lake from the WNW, leading to plenty of discussion about whether it was an A or B breeze for the RG65 (or perhaps an A or A- depending on your rig wardrobe). All of the DF65’s opted for an A rig to start with. John Brierley had a good start with a 1,2,1 in the first three races until Graham Elliott found his form and won the next four races until there was a break for lunch and a change of batteries for everyone. Andrew Peter had the best morning from the DF65 sailors with visitors Rob Andrew and David Bradley taking a few wins between them. Andrew gave some setup tips to both visitors and racing was very close between them later in the morning.
Having started with a good sailing breeze straight down the lake at the start of the day, it had changed to be well across the lake by the second session, giving a delay whilst the course was angled diagonally across the lake to provide the chance of a windward leg. Graham carried on his winning form from the morning, gaining six wins from the next 8 races sailed, narrowly missing out to Peter Baldwin in those two. Andrew also had the lions share of wins in the DF65 fleet during the afternoon.
Thanks go to Bernie for scoring during the day assisted by Neil after problems forced his early retirement.
The next RG65/DF65 racing day is on Saturday 31st August starting at 11am.
- Graham Elliott Electronica 9 16pts
- Peter Baldwin Pocket Rocket 63 26pts
- John Brierley Pocket Rocket 84 38pts
- Dave Williams Pocket Rocket 33 52pts
- Alan Watkinson Pocket Rocket 23 53pts
- Neil Westbrook Pocket Rocket 103 82pts
- Andrew Peter 919 15pts
- David Bradley 98 23pts
- Rob Andrews 835 40pts
Just a reminder of the next few weeks racing (see the Calendar for full listing):
17th August RG65 & DF65 start time 11:00
24th August and 7th September, IOM start time 13:00
31st August RG65 & DF65 start time 11:00
After a short delay (and a hot drink) due to a heavy shower passing through, sailing got underway by 11:15 with the majority of the fleet opting to sail in A+ rigs. There were a few strong gusts that caused the boats with A+ rigs to nose dive, but most survived unscathed. The day was setting up to be a close battle between John and Peter, but John had to retire from racing during race 6, leaving Peter with a clutch of 4 wins and the overall win. Neil picked up 2 in his A rig, with Dave W, Alan and Andrew all getting single race wins. The final placings after 10 races were:
- Peter Baldwin 63 15pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 22pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 27pts
- Andrew Peter 919 28 pts
- John Brierley 84 36 pts (1x1st and 4x2nd)
- Dave Williams 233 36pts (1x1st and 1x2nd)
- Derek Matthews 57 40pts
- Dave Pickup 86 49pts
Thanks once again to Ernie and Sally for running the races and the scoring for the day.
With winds forecast to be in the mid teens and gusting strongly as the skippers arrived, everyone opted to sail in their A rig, only to find that for most of the morning, it was more like A+ wind. A heavy shower at the halfway point in racing led to a tea break whilst the weather cleared. Unfortunately the wind went with the weather and when racing re-started, there was a very light breeze, which fortunately increased after this enforced break.
John once again took the day with eight wins out of the ten sailed, with only Peter managing to take two from him, although some of the finishes were very close.
- John Brierley 84 8pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 15pts
- Andrew Peter 919 24pts
- Dave Williams 233 29pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 32pts
- Dave Pickup 86 44pts
- David Halstead 855 56pts
There was a decent A rig Westerly breeze down the lake this week for the 7 sailors, which made a change from the norm of A+. Racing was very close in nearly every race with place changes on the final beat into the finish often affecting the race outcome. If a tack was not completed cleanly (usually due to a wind shift as the tack was made), a number of places could easily be lost. John ended up as the clear winner with 7 wins from the 10 races sailed, with Peter second with 2 wins and Dave Williams a consistent 3rd.
Thanks once again to Ernie and Sally for running the races and scoring.
- John Brierley 84 9pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 18pts
- Dave Williams 233 25pts
- Andrew Peter 919 26pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 33pts
- Alan Watkinson 233 37pts
- Colin Deakin 93 50pts
Eight hardy souls ventured out in the rain for this weeks IOM club series, with those travelling from the Manchester area spending 20 minutes longer than usual in their cars due to holiday traffic. Racing got underway after a short delay to set out course marks in the light (4 to 8 knot) WNW breeze.
Alan set the early pace and had a good clear win by the end of race 1. John then took Race 2, with Steve taking Race 3 having led from the start. Being in the right place on the start line was critical to be in the breeze, as it could be patchy across the course area. Peter found the right place in Race 4 and led this race from start to finish, with Neil doing much the same in Race 5. John then found his form (and the wind) to win 4 out of the last 5 races, with Alan taking another win in Race 9.
John in a Britpop took the day easily, having finished in the top 3 in each of the 10 races, Neil was pleased to get his Widget going to finish 2nd, four points ahead of Peter sailing a Lintel MMX in 3rd. Thanks go to Bernie and Dave for running the 10 races today on a wet (very wet at times) Saturday afternoon and Joyce for making the welcome warm drinks during the break from racing.
- John Brierley 84 11 pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 27 pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 31 pts
- Andrew Peter 66 32 pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 34 pts
- John Berry 12 35 pts
- Steve Toulson 86 37 pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 43 pts
Next IOM racing is on Saturday 24th August