The 2012 UK IOM Veterans Championships were held under mostly sunny skies for this 2 day event. Saturday’s racing was in a light A rig SE breeze with the full length of the lake used and skippers getting plenty of exercise. At the front of the fleet Mick Chamberlain and Mark Dennis were putting in low scoring results which at days end had them clear of 3rd place. Throughout the fleet there were some very close races with consistency proving difficult for some in the shifting winds.
Sunday dawned with a light NW breeze that threatened to build to B suit at times before fading late in the day. Once again the full length of the lake was used for a true sailing test. Mark Dennis continued to chip away with some solid results which was enough for him to take out the Championship. Big mover of the day was Colin Smith after a long layoff who moved from 10th place over night to a comfortable 3rd place overall. Other skippers to shine throughout the day were Mick Chamberlain, Clive Hand, Ernie Rice, Noel Donaldson, David Alston and Bill Culshaw with high place finishes. At 3.45pm and the unlikelyhood of another full round, racing was completed and the prizegiving held in the Clubhouse. PRO Brad Gibson thanked and commended all skippers on their sportsmanship and conduct making his job an easy one.
Along with prizes awarded to the top 5 place, the following awards were also presented:
Sportsman – Brian Quinn
Top Observer – David Alston
Most Races Sailed – Don Charlesworth
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A big thank you to the Birkenhead team who assisted in the running of the event:
Victoria McNulty, Lisa Reeves, Bernie McNulty, Graham Elliott, Dave Burke,
Stan Baker, Neil Westbrook, Rona Galvin and Joyce Roberts.
A special mention to our course lad Andrew Benson who worked constantly to keep the course clear and the marks in the right place.
PRO Brad Gibson
This coming weekend, 7-8th July, sees the club hosting the UK IOM Veterans Nationals. With entries now closed we have 22 competitors looking to take the crown of Veteran Champion.
A reminder to all competitors that racing starts at 10am sharp on Saturday with skippers asked to be prepared early for boat weigh in and registration. The club house gates will be open from 2.30pm until 5pm on Friday 6th July for those wishing for a practice sail or to take a look at the venue.
A big thank you to the club members who turned for our second Clean Up of the year in preparation for next weekends IOM National Veterans Championship.
RM racing took place with 10 boats in a tricky SW breeze which made the going tough for competitors. The wind was gusting anywhere between light A rig to hard C rig and Martin Roberts showed a return to form with a solid performance.
1. Martin Roberts, 12 pts
2. Brad Gibson, 19
3. Richard Hampson, 23
4. Vernon Gee, 31
5. Jim Findlay, 32
6. Bill Culshaw, 40
7. Victoria McNulty, 46
8. Ernie Rice, 50
9. Colin Galvin, 71
10. George Laverick, 78
1. Graham Elliott, 8pts
2. Dave Williams, 24
3. Ernie Rice, 24
4. Roy Washbrook, 27
5. Vernon Gee, 28
6. David Catherall, 44
RM Nationals, Fleetwood
This coming weekend sees the RM Nationals at Fleetwood lake with 33 entries now booked in. For a full preview and form guide take a look at the Yachts & Yachting article HERE promoting the event.
Good luck to Birkenhead skippers Martin, Brad, Richard, Bill, plus affiliate members Rob, Damian, Darin and John taking on some of the world’s best skippers.
Follow the event HERE
A reminder to all skippers that entries close this coming weekend for the Veterans being held at Birkenhead on 7-8 July. If you have not entered or forwarded your entry fee, please be sure to as soon as possible.
Find the entry list so far and Notice of Race links HERE
Club racing this coming weekend is the 6th round of the IOM Club Championship and with a few club members off racing Marblehead, this provides a great chance for skippers to close the gap on the leading pack.
Current Club Championship standings can be found HERE
A fleet of 7 boats competed for the Northern District 10 Rater Ranking event held in gusty conditions from the SW. After 16 races, a count back down to 3rd placings gave Brad the narrowest of wins over Vernon Gee who was consistent over the full day with his Trident design 10 Rater.
Thanks go to Victoria, Bernie and Andrew for running the days racing.