The seventh Winter IOM race saw 11 boats commence battle in todays racing. The wind was a fickle and gusty South-Westerly blowing over the houses, with frequent and large shifts anywhere from the West to the South throughout the day. The interest of the very shifty conditions was occasionally complicated with strong and localised gusts that might flatten boats sailing a few metres away from others completely unaffected.
The course was set with 2 close reaches/diagonal beats and 2 runs on each lap, making best use of the lake and 11 races were completed. The racing was challenging with many people in mid fleet gaining or losing multiple places from wind shifts, while the top skippers were starting and sailing consistently well. Graham Elliot dominated the day with 7 wins, followed by Bill Culshaw in 2nd, and John Brierley taking 3rd and a notable 4th from John Berry who also won a race.
Many thanks to Bernie and Jack for officiating, and Dave Williams for calling the start.
Here’s hoping the final winter series race on the 21 st , will have some warm sunshine and a decent wind blowing along the length of the lake, as that would make a nice change.
- Graham Elliott 27 12pts 7 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 33pts 1 win
- John Brierley 84 33pts
- John Berry 112 40pts 1 win
- Neil Westbrook 03 41pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 50pts 2 wins
- Lawrence Drennen 57 50pts
- Howard Garner 67 53pts
- Dave Burke 30 55pts
- Charles Legg 25 75pts
- Ken Jones 71 82pts
After 11 races
There was an excellent turnout of 18 boats at this the third of the Winter IOM series at Birkenhead. Everyone was treated to a new view as they looked across the lake from the southern shoreline as shown in the photo above. The trees all along the Northern edge have been cut down over the last week and the factory units are clearly visible again. This brought back memories of the lakeside and the surrounding areas from years ago for some long standing members!
With a breeze from the South as we started, a course was set with two beats across the lake and a long reach back to one end of the start line. Although there was a good 6 to 8 knot breeze blowing whilst the course was being setup, this seemed to disappear during the early races with boats getting stuck in significant holes whilst boats behind caught up with them on a light breeze from a different direction. By the lunch break, the wind seemed to have moved to a more westerly direction and so marks were moved around so that races could be run in the opposite direction.
Racing was mostly very tight between the top four or five boats with places often only decided in the last few meters to the finish line. Occasionally, a boat would get a good breeze off the start line and have a commanding lead by the first mark and then keep or even extend this lead by the finish. By the end of the day, conditions had become very difficult at times with significant gusts causing boats to lose control if you were in the wrong place on the course when the gust hit. Everyone seemed happy to finish at race 10 with the conditions as they were.
Graham Elliott made the best of the conditions with his Britpop, taking the day by winning seven out of the ten races. Brad Gibson sailing his Red Wine was second with a consistent set of results including one first, that very rarely saw him out of second place. John Brierley in a Britpop rounded out the podium in third place and another win, with Peter Baldwin taking the other win in his Lintel MMX.
Thanks once again must go to Bernie and Jack for running the racing and Joyce for providing a hot cuppa at break time.
- Graham Elliott 9 9pts
- Brad Gibson 2 17pts
- John Brierley 84 27pts
- David Potter 20 32pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 34pts
- Martin Roberts 55 37pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 53pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 60pts
- John Berry 112 73pts
- Howard Garner 67 74pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 77pts
- Chris Chatfield 7 80pts
- Vicky Gibson 62 89pts
- John Pemerton 114 106pts
- Charles Legg 25 110pts
- Dave Williams 33 117pts
- Ray Woods 51 122pts
- Mike Williamson 43 133pts
Ten races sailed. The next event in the IOM Winter series is on Saturday 25th January.
Wind, sun and enthusiasm by all the entrants for this years Birkenhead Christmas race for the IOM, was evident today at Gautby Road. As this was the first round of the Northern District Winter Series for the IOM, there were 9 club’s represented, including the host club. This produced the 20 entrants and 16 races were achieved by the Race Officer and Commodore John Brierley, before the light finally closed in. Racing was in 2nd suit all day with some viscous but short lived gusts providing testing moments for most of the competitors.
Early front runner by the lunchtime break after 8 races was John Tushingham from Keighley (Vision) but as the day progressed Graham Elliott (Britpop) from the host club came back into contention and eventually proved a worthy winner in the testing conditions. There was a big battle for the final podium position with Peter Baldwin (Lintel MMX) securing it with a fine win in the last race from Derek Priestley (Dead Reckoning).
It was good to see 10 designs of IOM’s ranging form the Asset of Dave Stewart right through to the current range of popular designs. All boats had their moments today which kept everyone on their toes.
As this was the clubs Christmas race there was no entry fee charged by the club, but all competitors gave a wrapped gift and all those at the prizegiving went away with a prize (not there own gift!).
Thanks must go to John Brierley for acting as Race Officer together with Bernie, Jack and Joyce who provided the supporting roles to make this another successful event.
The next Birkenhead IOM race is our 3rd Winter series on 11th January, all visitors as usual are always welcome.
Next Week (Saturday 21/12/19) is Round 2 of the Winter Series for RG65/DF65. Visitors always welcome – Start time 12:00.
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There was a light SSW breeze at the start of this weeks racing for the IOM Winter Series No 2. Marks were set out for a course that was probably going to be zig-zagging across the lake, but by the time we were ready to race, the wind had straightened enough to set a course over the length of the lake. Thirteen boats (including 5 visitors with one in his very first IOM race) signed on and were ready to start racing at 12:00. Unfortunately Chris Chatfield had winch issues soon after putting his boat on the water and had to sit out some of the earlier races until loaned a spare boat by John Berry.
Current IOM National Champion Rob Walsh proved to be the one to beat this week, with good boat speed off the start line and often arriving first at the windward mark. Although pushed hard by the chasing bunch, he won 6 of the 10 races, with 3 going to Graham Elliott and one to David Potter.
Racing was close throughout the fleet with places often changing right up to the finish line, depending on whether your boat saw a short gust or sat in little or no wind just metres away.
Thanks once again to Bernie and Jack for running the racing, with Bernie busy on the start line at times with something like 6 general recalls in the ten races with sudden gusts spoiling what might have been a clear start.
- Rob Walsh 25 11pts
- Graham Elliott 9 17pts
- Martin Roberts 22 26pts
- John Brierley 84 27pts
- David Potter 20 33pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 39pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 52pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 55pts
- Dave Williams 33 56pts
- John Berry 23 66pts
- Mike Williamson 43 71pts
- Tony Woods 195 91pts
- Chris Chatfield 12 105pts
Next week (14th December) is the IOM Xmas Open – start time 10:30. All welcome – more details and entry list here
The second race of the IOM Winter series will take place on Saturday 7th December starting at 12:00. Entries on the day.
Then on the following Saturday 14th December, the IOM Christmas Open takes place. As of 28/11/19, there are 7 entries. Further details, NoR and a list of entries are available here. To give the club an idea of numbers, it would be helpful if you can advise Graham Elliott of your entry before the day, but entries on the day are always welcome.