IOM Winter Series 7 – Saturday 2nd March

Round 7 the concluding round of another great Birkenhead Winter Series for the IOM class saw 11 skippers sailing 10 races in a gusting, shifting South Westerly wind with all skippers choosing to sail in the number 1 rig.
Brad Gibson was quick out of the blocks again winning the first race but it was Bill Culshaw that took the chequered flag in the second race finally ending Brads winning streak. 6 races before tea break with some great sailing from Alan Watkinson that saw him twice leading but unfortunately he also twice hit the leeward gate mark, to be fair the light today was very bad for sailing.
Lawrence Drennan was also sailing fast today and in many races he was up there with the leaders and actually led the fleet to the windward mark in race 8. Unfortunately Neil Westbrook had a calamitous time between races when a gust hit his boat and spun it round snapping a shroud, a quick fix to this then saw him get his TX necklace wrapped around the rudder when launching that resulted in a dunking for the TX, although not funny at the time, we did have a smile about it at tea break and he returned to sail after a cup of tea and 10 minutes with a hair dryer.
In the end we had 4 different race winners today and what was evident about the racing was the hard but fair way in which all 11 skippers sailed.
Brad Gibson won the day and also the series with Martin Roberts only a couple of points behind him for second place.
Well done to all skippers and a 2018/19 Winter Series summary will follow shortly. Once again thanks must go to Bernie and Jack for starting and finishing and making the tea.

1st        Brad Gibson                   2                 15pts
2nd      Martin Roberts           55                18pts
3rd       Graham Elliot               9                 25pts
4th       Bill Culshaw                 21                 28pts
5th       John Brierley               84               30pts
6th       Lawrence Drennan  57                48pts
7th       Alan Watkinson         23                51pts
8th       John Berry                    12               53pts  (4th place)
9th       Andrew Peter              66              53pts
10th     Neil Westbrook           03             74pts
11th     Dave Williams              29              76pts

After 10 races

DragonForce Winter Series #9 27/2/19

6 sailors turned out on a glorious sunny day but with a very light SE wind.  A long course utilising the whole length of the lake was set with Ernie making a pleasant return and acting as race officer.
10 races were held with John managing to hold off Neil to take first place.
1st.        John Brierley.            11 pts
2nd.      Neil Westbrook.       16 pts
3rd.       Andrew Peter.           25 pts
4th.       Alan Watkinson.      28 pts
5th.       Colin Deakin.            32 pts
6th.       Dave Williams.         35 pts

DragonForce Winter Series #8 20/2/19

Reduced turn out due to holidays, work commitments and a very light wind forecast.
A+ rigs and a short course enabled 10 races to be held with Neil managing 6 wins.

1st     Neil Westbrook          10 pts
2nd   Alan Watkinson         17 pts
3rd    Richard Walker          18 pts
4th    Colin Deakin               28 pts.

DragonForce Winter Series #7 13/2/19

Very light wind and to make it worse it was coming from over the houses, beating one minute then on a run the next and then no wind. Sailing was very tricky with John’s experience enabling him  to master  the conditions. A close race for second between Neil and Alan. Richard had a good day as in  one race he was the length of the course behind, caught the wind then sailed through the fleet to win…
1st       John Brierley.       10 pts
2nd.     Neil Westbrook.   18 pts
3rd.      Alan Watkinson.   21 pts
4th.      Richard Walker.     30 pts
5th.      Dave Williams.       33pts
6th.       Colin Deakin.         36pts

IOM Winter Series 5 – Saturday 9th February

With the forecast strong winds in little evidence and good sun to warn things up when preparing their boats, competitors just had to decide was it a No1 or No2 rig day to start?  The first race proved that No1 was the right rig with 9 out of 10 competitors choosing this and surviving most of the occasional gusts.
Red Wine, Widget, TS 2 and Lintel designs were in evidence today at the latest Birkenhead winter series along with the usual sprinkling of Britpops and a V9. This spread of designs was to prove interesting in the shifty top suite conditions especially when the legendary “Mrs Jones” opened her back door and wind shifts became hard to judge at times. In fact the ten races had six different winners but Brad managed six wins with his Red Wine to again take the day.
Behind him Martin “I only deal in seconds” Roberts sailed a consistent day with his pink Widget to finish two points ahead of John Brierley in his BritPop. Lawrence and Andrew we’re having some good scores and Bill was always there or thereabouts.
Graham Elliott with a newly sourced TS 2 found a better battery to get his winch working well to win race 2 and then in race 7, Neil Westbrook with his Widget led from start to finish to have a well deserved win.
Radio problems gave Peter Baldwin some problems but in between those glitches had some strong results along with our two visitors Chris Chatfield and John Berry who both started in B rigs .
So a really great days racing , and a big thanks as always to Bernie McNulty as PRO and his assistants Jack and Dave Williams.
Next week (16th February) is round 6, start time 1300 as usual.
1st       Brad Gibson            2        10pts
2nd     Martin Roberts    55       22pts
3rd      John Brierley        84       24pts
4th      Graham Elliot       17        30pts ( 2 x 4 ths )
5th      Bill Culshaw          21         30pts ( 1 x 4th )
6th      Peter Baldwin      63         42pts
7th      Andrew Peter       66         50pts
8th      Neil Westbrook   03         54pts
9th      Lawrence Drennen 57    67pts
10th    Chris Chatfield      7          73pts
11th    John Berry              12          84pts
10 races sailed