A sunny top suit day met the six IOMs to Birkenhead’s tenth race in the club series.
With the wind coming out of the top right hand side of the lake, Race Officer Bernie set a windward / leeward course of two laps.
Martin Roberts sailing his new A2 design from Spain, had winch problems in race one but soon returned to put in a solid performance on its first outing. In between sorting his boat out, a few tips on starting were given to the assembled skippers and John Brierley having taken note, managed to win 8 of the 12 races completed with his Britpop. Chasing him hard were Bill Culshaw(1 win), and Martin(2 wins) with Lawrence Drennan, after winning race 1, edging out the two visitors John Berry and Steve Toulson.
Thanks go to Bernie and Jack for running the event.
- John Brierley Britpop 12 pts
- Bill Culshaw Britpop 23 pts
- Martin Roberts A2 33pts.
- Lawrence Drennan Britpop 36 pts (1 x1st)
- John Berry Viper 36 pts
- Steve Toulson Lintel 47pts
Eight hardy souls ventured out in the rain for this weeks IOM club series, with those travelling from the Manchester area spending 20 minutes longer than usual in their cars due to holiday traffic. Racing got underway after a short delay to set out course marks in the light (4 to 8 knot) WNW breeze.
Alan set the early pace and had a good clear win by the end of race 1. John then took Race 2, with Steve taking Race 3 having led from the start. Being in the right place on the start line was critical to be in the breeze, as it could be patchy across the course area. Peter found the right place in Race 4 and led this race from start to finish, with Neil doing much the same in Race 5. John then found his form (and the wind) to win 4 out of the last 5 races, with Alan taking another win in Race 9.
John in a Britpop took the day easily, having finished in the top 3 in each of the 10 races, Neil was pleased to get his Widget going to finish 2nd, four points ahead of Peter sailing a Lintel MMX in 3rd. Thanks go to Bernie and Dave for running the 10 races today on a wet (very wet at times) Saturday afternoon and Joyce for making the welcome warm drinks during the break from racing.
- John Brierley 84 11 pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 27 pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 31 pts
- Andrew Peter 66 32 pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 34 pts
- John Berry 12 35 pts
- Steve Toulson 86 37 pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 43 pts
Next IOM racing is on Saturday 24th August
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
15 boats turned out with a good variance of designs, including V9’s, ‘Slimtel’, ‘Viper’, ‘Widget’, ‘Red Wine’, ‘TS2’ and ‘Britpop!’.
The wind was a little erratic though making the sailing interesting and making the fleet bunch together on many occasions but giving the tail enders a good chance to come through with the gusts.
Yet again the sportsmanship of all was extremely good and all rules and penalties were taken with no question.
Brad Gibson sailed a perfect 6 races before tea time with no one skipper giving him much to worry about. After tea in race 7, Sue Parkington sailed a great race chasing Brad all the way, unfortunately she dropped 2 places at the finish line when not realising it was the finishing leg.
As the ‘Beautiful South’ sang though it was Brad that made ‘The Perfect 10’ with the wind from the South, John Brierley sailed consistently to be runner up with Graham Elliott in 3rd and the returning Graham Birkett in 4th. This made for 4 different boats, all World Championship winning designs spanning over 20 years.
Thanks to Jack and Bernie for running the race and making the tea.
1st Brad Gibson 2 8pts
2nd John Brierley 84 23pts
3rd Graham Elliot 09 29pts
4th Graham Birkett 133 34pts
5th Bill Culshaw 21 48pts
6th Martin Roberts 32 54pts
7th Neil Westbrook 03 55pts
8th Lawrence Drennan 57 61pts
9th Andrew Peter 66 64pts
10th John Berry 12 68pts
11th Alan Watkinson 23 73pts (one 4th)
12th Mike Parkington 82 73pts
13th Sue Parkington 86 84pts (one 4th)
14th Dave Williams 20 84pts
15th Chris Chatfield 7 90pts
after 10 Races
A welcome fleet of 15 boats for round 4 Of this years Birkenhead IOM winter series greeted our PRO Bernie McNulty under cold grey skies. A rigs were unanimously chosen with a light 3-8 knot SE wind blowing mostly straight down the course from the clubhouse end.
From the outset the usual names of Roberts, Potter, Brierley and Culshaw and Gibson got away well in the shifting conditions. Others to do well at times were locals Lawrence Drennon and Neil Westbrook with a podium heat finish apiece.
After 11 races in total were completed with 2 discards, Brad Gibson took the day with a score of only 9 points with his 23 year old ‘pimped’ boat that enjoyed the light conditions. Rounding out the podium were Bill Culshaw with another strong showing in second and John Brierley edging out Martin Roberts for third by a single point.
A number of both new and visiting skippers from as far north as Fleetwood and east of the Pennines with designs new and old enjoyed a great days sailing and we welcome more in future rounds. Plenty of advice and tuning tips were shared throughout the fleet with none more evident than top skipper Graham Elliott sharing the controls for the day with daughter Millie. Congratulations Millie in leading us to the windward mark in the penultimate race showing the rest of us how it’s done.
Our next round of the Winter Series is on February 2nd feel free to join us
1st Brad Gibson 9pts
2nd Bill Culshaw 23pts
3rd John Brierley 30pts
4th Martin Roberts 31pts
5th Dave Potter 41ots
6th Lawrence Drennan 52pts
7th Neil Westbrook 59pts
8th Alan Watkinson 66pts
9th Andrew Peter 75pts
10th Gary Benson 84pts
11th Howard Garner 86pts
12th John Berry 94pts
13th Michael Benson 103pts
14th Phillip Davies 119pts
15th Millie Elliot 120pts