10 Sailors were greeted with a light W to NW breeze straight down the pond and some decent sunny spells. A few sailors chose to use this afternoon to get back into their sailing “groove” before next weeks first Ranking weekend at Castle Semple, making for some close competitive racing. Picking the right place on the start line was critical and with the wind shifting and varying in strength, there were a few general recalls during the afternoon. Graham Birkett made a rare appearance and had one or two good results during the day, culminating in winning the last race. perhaps with a bit more practice at mark rounding he would have finished higher up the placings. Martin Roberts made a flying visit after the tea break to try out a new boat, therefore only managed to compete in only the last four races.
Consistency (as usual) was key to winning the day and the king of that was Brad Gibson. Sailing with extensively updated rigs on his Red Wine design, he managed to win 7 out of the 10 races and ending up with less than half the points of second placed Rob Walsh.
Thanks go to Bernie, Dave Williams and Jack for running today’s racing and making the drinks at “half-time”. The next IOM afternoon is in a weeks time on 6/4/19.
- Brad Gibson 2 10 pts
- Rob Walsh 25 22 pts
- Victoria Gibson 62 25 pts
- Graham Birkett 133 43 pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 46 pts
- John Berry 12 49 pts (2x3rd)
- Graham Elliott 09 49 pts (1x3rd)
- Peter Baldwin 63 60 pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 65 pts
- Howard Garner 67 78 pts
- Martin Roberts 29 83 pts
A reminder that this Saturday, 30th March sees the first of three consecutive weeks of IOM racing at the club (30,3, 6/4 and 13/4). Start time is 1pm prompt and visitors are always more than welcome.
The Open Events being run by Birkenhead are now all open for entry on the MYA website. In date order they are:
- DF Racing Traveller Rounds 5 & 6, April 27th/28th @ Birkenhead
- RG65 Traveller Round 3, May 11th @ Birkenhead
- 10R Nationals, Thursday & Friday 18th/19th July at West Kirby Marine Lake
- M Nationals, Saturday & Sunday 20th/21st July at West Kirby Marine Lake
For further details on all these events (NoR and Entries) refer to the 2019 Open Events tab on the website. We look forward to seeing your entry soon.
Good turn out again, with a wind straight down the lake – top end of A+ conditions. Thanks to Sally for OOD.
1st John Brierley 9 pts
2nd Andrew Peter 25 pts
3rd Neil Westbrook 26 pts
4th Alan Watkinson 30 pts 1 x 1st
5th Colin Deakin 30 pts 0 x 1st
6th Dave Williams 34 pts
7th Richard Walker 48 pts
8th Derek Matthews 52 pts
10 Races sailed
Wednesday morning racing continues on 3/4/19 with the first in the Spring Series starting at 11am
A very calm sunny day, with 9 local sailors and a very welcome visitor from Abersoch, Tim. A long course was set, due to the very light wind it was restricted to 1 lap.
Under the watchful eye of our OD Ernie, 8 races were held, John was not allowed to have his own way with 5 different skippers managing to win races.
1st John Brierley 9 pts
2nd Tim Long 11 pts
3rd Dave Williams 18pts
4th Alan Watkinson 28pts. 1 x 1st
5th Colin Deakin 28pts. 0 x 1st
6th Richard Walker 32pts
7th Sally Collings 35 pts
8th Andrew Peter 36 pts
9th Derek Matthews 39 pts
10th Bob Davies 49 pts
Next Week (27/3/19) will be the last of the DF65 Winter Series as Race 13.