All winter series racing has now come to a close and spring is in the air!
Well it did not feel like spring for the last race of the DF65 winter series at West Lancs SC, Southport last Sunday. Very cold but as in the previous races well attended by Birkenhead Club members. The series started in early January with barmy light winds and sunshine and finished in March in sub zero conditions and winds that blew dogs of the quay side.
Club members who attended all or parts of the series were Alan Watkinson, Dave Williams, Andrew Peter, Dave Pickup, Roger Lincoln and John Brierley. All agreed an excellent series which ran on alternate weekends along with our IOM Winter series at Gautby Rd.
Overall John Brierley won the event and Alan Watkinson was 4th
Attention now turns to the IOM ranking event at Lincoln this weekend with a good turn out of club members already on the entry list.
‘C’ suit weather with the wind straight along the lake. Sally had boat electrical problems (Eds. note Again?) so acted as Race Officer and 10 races were sailed.
- Alan Watkinson 15 Pts
- Neil Westbrook 20 (2 firsts)
- John Brierley 20 (1 first)
- Peter Baldwin 22
- Andrew Peter 30
- Ernie Rice 40
- Colin Deakin 50
- Dave Williams 62 (1 fifth)
- Richard Walker 62 (0 fifths)
This coming weekend sees the final race in our highly successful Winter IOM Series with the final result still very finely in the balance. 26 different competitors have taken part and any of the top 6 look to be possible winners.
On 17th March the main season starts with the first day of the DF65/RG65 series (See Calendar for full details). Sailing starts at 11.00 and last race will start before 16.45
A reminder that this is an Open Series, so competitors from other clubs are welcome (entry £2 on the day). Four days in total with the best 3 to count towards the final result.
RG65s and DF65s will race together over the same course, but the DF65s will be scored separately, so it doesn’t matter if you have the latest RG65 design or a MK1 Dragonforce, you can win!
IOM and M series races start on 31st March and 12th May respectively and again these will be Open races with the M Class sailing at West Kirby Marine Lake.
We are also delighted to be hosting the DF65 Northern District Championships on Saturday September 15th and holding an RG65 Traveller Series Open the following week.
A variable wind both in direction and strength:
- John Brierley 13 Pts
- Alan Watkinson 28
- Neil Westbrook 35
- Dave Pickup 37
- Ernie Rice 44 (1 first)
- Sally Collings 44 (0 firsts)
- Colin Deakin 51
- Richard Walker 65
12 races sailed.
Light winds meant the biggest ripples were caused by the geese and swans, but 6 races were still completed over a medium length windward/leeward course.
- John Brierley 5 Pts
- Roger Lincoln 12
- Sally Collings 17
- Dave Pickup 21
- Andrew Peter 23
- Neil Westbrook 24
- Ernie Rice 28