A light but reasonably steady wind from the WNW and clear sun greeted the 8 sailors who turned out this week to sail in A+ rigs. There were some large shifts to be found on the long course, which usually held for some time giving good gains if you timed it right. Neil Westbrook started the day with a win and then two further wins in races 3 and 5. Peter Baldwin won 6 out of the 7 other races sailed giving him first overall, with Dave Williams gaining the other win. Although missing out on a race win, Richard Walker had a consistent day scoring several 2nds and thirds to end up third behind Neil and Peter. Racing was very close in most race, such that if you went into irons you could move from being well placed to last position.
- Peter Baldwin 63 10pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 18pts
- Richard Walker 39 24pts
- Dave Williams 233 25pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 35pts
- Derek Matthews 57 40pts 1x2nd & 2x4th
- Dave Pickup 86 40pts 1x2nd
- Chris Weston 194 68pts (winch issues missing 6 races)
10 races sailed. Many thanks to Ernie and Sally for running the races and scoring.
- A light breeze from the clubhouse greeted sailors this week with shifts that seem to grow larger as the morning went on as the breeze dropped in strength. Key to success was finding the breeze (and having a bit of luck) to keep your boat moving as much as possible. John Brierley, Neil Westbrook and Peter Baldwin were all vying for the lead in most races, with each sharing 3 wins apiece at the end. Dave Williams was the other winner of the 10 races completed. When the scores were added up, Peter was first on 14pts, John second on 16 pts and Neil third on 18 pts.
Thanks again go to Ernie for acting as Race Officer for the morning.
- Peter Baldwin 14 pts
- John Brierley 16 pts
- Neil Westbrook 18 pts
- Alan Watkinson 28 pts
- Kris Morrow 38 pts
- Dave Williams 39 pts
- Colin Deakin 52 pts
- Richard Walker 53 pts
- Chris Weston 70 pts
10 races sailed
An afternoon of sailing to celebrate 100 years since the first Star Yacht was made in Birkenhead.
Sunny conditions, wind from the clubhouse end and a fair degree of shiftiness in that wind , met the competitors for the RG/DF day at Birkenhead on Saturday.
5 RG65s and 3 DF65s started at 1100 with the DFs starting one minute ahead of the RGs with this format ensuring all the boats finishing together.
With 7 races before lunch, the racing was very close and a battle in the RGs between Graham Elliott and John Brierley developed with Graham leading at the break.Neil Westbrook, Dave Williams and Alan Watkinson were also swapping places constantly showing how competitive all of these boats are.
The DFs were also having close racing and a welcome return to Birkenhead of Roger Lincoln showing he had not lost any knowledge of the lake. Peter Baldwin and Andrew Peters were also having their moments in the shifting conditions that prevailed all day.
After lunch both fleets were reduced as both Graham and Peter had to withdraw due to family commitments and the remaining fleet had 6 more races.
Thanks as usual go to Bernie and Jack for running the days racing and making drinks for everyone at break times.
12 races sailed.
1st John Brierley 13pts
2nd Neil Westbrook 28pts
3rd Graham Elliott 33 pts
4th Dave Williams 34pts
5th Alan Watkinson 56pts (broken winch at lunchtime)
1st Roger Lincoln 16pts
2nd Andrew Peters 26pts
3rd Peter Baldwin 32pts
The second of two Marblehead Club Open Events at West Kirby will take place on Saturday 29th June. Racing starts at 13:00 with a briefing 15 minutes before. After sailing there will be a post race debrief and drink at the local “Farmers” pub.
Your last chance to get some practice in at West Kirby before the Nationals in July. Please let Graham Elliott know if you plan to attend.
Further details on the event including contact details for Graham and entry lists are here