DragonForce Summer Series #11 11/09/19

A small turn out for the weekly Wednesday DF65 race, due to sailors travelling (slowly!) to the upcoming RG65 Nationals and the UK National Cycle race trapping people in their homes! Nevertheless, 6 sailors arrived and were faced with the usual dilemma of A or B suits. The majority chose A and racing commenced under the watchful eye of the OOD Ernie.
After about 4 races the general consensus was to change down to B. The trying conditions unfortnately caused electrical failure on the boats of David H and Chris Weston and they had to retire early after 4 and 6 races respectively.
Close racing ensued between John, Andrew and Dave W, with the missing of any wind shift playing a good part in the results. John and Dave had equal points but after discards, John won with a 4 point margin.
10 races were sailed with thanks again to Ernie as OD.
  1.   John Brierley            11 pts
  2.   Dave Williams         15 pts
  3.   Andrew Peter           18 pts
  4.   Richard Walker       26 pts
  5.   Chris Weston            35 pts (6 races sailed)
  6.   David Halstead        58 pts (4 races sailed)

IOM Club Series #10 7/9/19

A sunny top suit day met the six IOMs to Birkenhead’s tenth race in the club series.
With the wind coming out of the top right hand side of the lake, Race Officer Bernie set a windward / leeward course of two laps.
Martin Roberts sailing his new A2 design from Spain, had winch problems in race one but soon returned to put in a solid performance on its first outing. In between sorting his boat out, a few tips on starting were given to the assembled skippers and John Brierley having taken note, managed to win 8 of the 12 races completed with his Britpop. Chasing him hard were Bill Culshaw(1 win), and Martin(2 wins) with Lawrence Drennan, after winning race 1, edging out the two visitors John Berry and Steve Toulson.

Thanks go to Bernie and Jack for running the event.
  1. John Brierley               Britpop            12 pts
  2. Bill Culshaw                Britpop           23 pts
  3. Martin Roberts           A2                     33pts.
  4. Lawrence Drennan   Britpop          36 pts (1 x1st)
  5. John Berry                    Viper               36 pts
  6. Steve Toulson             Lintel              47pts
    12 races sailed.

DragonForce Summer Series #10 4/09/19

A gusty Westerly breeze of 12 to 20 knots was blowing down the lake accompanied by the odd shower whilst the 7 sailors were rigging.  With the strength of the gusts and the forecast suggesting that these were only going to increase during racing everyone opted for a B Rig.  In the first three races, there were three different winners, With Peter, Alan and John all taking one each.  Following this though, the wins were shared between Peter and John, although John ended up with a total of 5 and Peter only four.  Peter however had a more consistent day counting only first and second places to end up the winner, whereas John had a few thirds which pushed him into second by one point, with Kris third.  Thanks must go once again to Ernie for running the racing for us today.

  1. Peter Baldwin             63            12 pts
  2. John Brierley               84           13 pts
  3. Kris Morrow                 94          24 pts
  4. Alan Watkinson         373          25 pts
  5. Dave Williams             233          34 pts
  6. Dave Pickup                    86         41 pts
  7. Richard Walker             39          54 pts

10 races sailed

RG65/DF65 Race #4 31/8/19

A torrential downpour greeted seven (six RG and one DF) sailors as they arrived or rigged their boats.  Thank goodness for the shelter of the clubhouse.  Fortunately the rain did not last for long and it was on a weather front that rapidly changed the wind from Southerly to Westerly within 45 minutes.  This enabled a good windward/leeward course to be set down the lake using the marks as set. With no additional competition arriving the one DF sailor decided not to sail and so left six RG65’s to start the day.

After the first four races, Peter and John Brierley shared the honours with two wins and two seconds each.  With the wind at 10 knots and gusting easily 15, both had opted for a low aspect A rig which helped in the gusty conditions.  After a short break and the arrival of Graham Elliott, John B managed two further wins, before John Tushingham found his groove and posted his first win in Race 7 and the two of them shared the wins through until Race 16, with Graham taking a number of seconds.  At the end of 16 races completed by 16:30, John B was the winner, John T second and Graham third. Three designs shared the podium, with rig selection and setup for the conditions in each race a determining factor on the end result. Thanks to Bernie and Ernie for running the races.

  1.  John Brierley           Pocket Rocket     19 pts
  2. John Tushingham  Scurry                    26 pts
  3. Graham Elliott         Electronica           37 pts
  4.  Peter Baldwin          Pocket Rocket      42 pts
  5. Neil Westbrook        Pocket Rocket       55 pts
  6. Alan Watkinson       Pocket Rocket       68 pts
  7. Dave Williamson     Pocket Rocket       77 pts

Next and final event in the series is on Saturday 28th September with a later start time of 13:00.