As of Tuesday lunchtime, the lake is frozen over.
The forecast over the next few days is for considerably warmer weather, but it is looking increasingly unlikely that the lake will be clear for Wednesday sailing.
Watch this space for any updates.
Wednesday 9am there is still ice on the lake and will be no racing today.
Thursday – lake is now ICE FREE
Despite the weather forecast of snow and ice it was good to see 16 sailors turn up at the lake for the “Popup” Open.
They were greeted with flat calm, followed not much later by a hailstorm, but fortunately after that the wind filled in from the end of the lake allowing racing to start. By the second race, a squally shower ran through causing many of the fleet to go running for their “B” rigs – only to see the wind drop slightly for race 3.
This was a pattern that repeated itself throughout the day until racing was finally concluded with both wind and light fading.
Current RG65 National Champion Graham Elliott sailing another borrowed boat managed to win overall, although he didn’t have it all his own way, winning ‘only’ 3 of the 8 races sailed.
Roger Lincoln headed up the Dragonforce fleet in a very tight finish which required a countback on places to confirm the win.
As usual, huge thanks to Bernie for officiating in the cold, and to Joyce for supplying us with hot drinks in the breaks, and many thanks to John Brierley for organising and promoting the event and providing the prizes.
- Graham Elliott 10 Pts
- Mike Parkington 15
- Dave Potter 16
- Martin Roberts 21
- Roy Stevens 26
- Sue Parkington 28
- Derek Priestley 29
- John Brierley 32
- Roger Lincoln 52 (1st DF65)
- Andrew Peter 52 (2nd DF65)
- Chris Chatfield 58 (3rd DF65)
- Ernie Rice 63 (4th DF65)
- Dave Williams 65 (5th DF65)
- Alan Watkinson 68 (6th DF65)
- Garry Benson 74 (7th DF65)
- Sally Collings 76 (8th DF65)
An excellent turnout of 13 skippers saw some fiercely fought racing at the start of the Dragonforce Winter Series.
The weather was surprisingly mild, although the wind coming generally from over the clubhouse with several 360 degree shifts thrown in proved interesting!
- John Brierley 25 Pts
- Andrew Peter 33
- Roger Lincoln 34
- Ernie Rice 36
- Dave Williams 44
- Alan Watkinson 47
- Richard Walker 60 (1 first)
- Colin Deakin 60 (0 firsts)
- Sally Collings 65
- Colin Stanley 75
- Dave Pickup 85
- Derek Mathews 91
- Malcolm Pritchard 95
12 races sailed
We are holding an RG65/DF65 pop-up open day at the Birkenhead lake on 9th December.
With the current RG65 National Champion intending to compete along with many of the clubs Dragonforce 65 sailors, good competition should be available at all levels.
Racing will start promptly at 11:30 and the club will be open from 10.30 for practice.
Entry is £1 for all and is open to non-members.
Prizes for best RG65 and DF65.
Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be available but you should bring your own lunch.
Pay on the day, but please email John Brierley (email@example.com) with your entry ASAP.
A cool northerly breeze greeted the 12 Dragonforce 65 competitors on Wednesday. “A” rigs were used and a gap in the lakeside puddles found to set a diagonal course towards the far corner of the lake.
- John Brierley 12 Pts
- Andrew Peter 22
- Peter Baldwin 29
- Roger Lincoln 30
- Colin Deakin 37
- Alan Watkinson 38
- Ernie Rice 45
- Sally Collings 48
- Colin Stanley 60
- Dave Pickup 62
- Derek Matthews 68
- Malcolm Pritchard 81
10 races sailed.
Series results here
We have brought forward the start time for the RG65 Popup event to allow for more races with the potential for the light fading rapidly if we started later.
Racing will now start promptly at 11:30 and the club will be open from 10.30 for practice.