IOM Winter Series 7 – Saturday 2nd March

Round 7 the concluding round of another great Birkenhead Winter Series for the IOM class saw 11 skippers sailing 10 races in a gusting, shifting South Westerly wind with all skippers choosing to sail in the number 1 rig.
Brad Gibson was quick out of the blocks again winning the first race but it was Bill Culshaw that took the chequered flag in the second race finally ending Brads winning streak. 6 races before tea break with some great sailing from Alan Watkinson that saw him twice leading but unfortunately he also twice hit the leeward gate mark, to be fair the light today was very bad for sailing.
Lawrence Drennan was also sailing fast today and in many races he was up there with the leaders and actually led the fleet to the windward mark in race 8. Unfortunately Neil Westbrook had a calamitous time between races when a gust hit his boat and spun it round snapping a shroud, a quick fix to this then saw him get his TX necklace wrapped around the rudder when launching that resulted in a dunking for the TX, although not funny at the time, we did have a smile about it at tea break and he returned to sail after a cup of tea and 10 minutes with a hair dryer.
In the end we had 4 different race winners today and what was evident about the racing was the hard but fair way in which all 11 skippers sailed.
Brad Gibson won the day and also the series with Martin Roberts only a couple of points behind him for second place.
Well done to all skippers and a 2018/19 Winter Series summary will follow shortly. Once again thanks must go to Bernie and Jack for starting and finishing and making the tea.

1st        Brad Gibson                   2                 15pts
2nd      Martin Roberts           55                18pts
3rd       Graham Elliot               9                 25pts
4th       Bill Culshaw                 21                 28pts
5th       John Brierley               84               30pts
6th       Lawrence Drennan  57                48pts
7th       Alan Watkinson         23                51pts
8th       John Berry                    12               53pts  (4th place)
9th       Andrew Peter              66              53pts
10th     Neil Westbrook           03             74pts
11th     Dave Williams              29              76pts

After 10 races

IOM Winter Series 6 – Saturday 16th February

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

 

IOM Winter Series 4

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

 

IOM Winter Series 3

Happy New Year and this was round 3 of the Birkenhead Winter Series and a lovely gentle top suit wind down the middle of the lake with plenty of shifts for all to anticipate, depend upon or hope for.
The early pace setter was Bill Culshaw with two wins and two second places in the first four races sailing immaculately, following him was Martin Roberts and Graham Elliott going into the tea break.
There were many close battles all day with not much love lost but no shouting, just good hard but fair sailing.
Noticeable results were Lawrence and Alan both gaining second places in races 5 and 6, well done, and after 9 races with 4 different race winners it was Graham Elliott who won the day with 5 wins.
Many thanks to Bernie and Dave for starting and finishing the fleet and Joyce for the half time cuppa.

1st      Graham Elliot            10pts
2nd     Bill Culshaw               18pts
3rd      Martin Roberts         19pts
4th      John Brierley             31pts
5th     Dave Potter                32pts
6th     Lawrence Brennon    33pts (2nd place)
7th      Peter Baldwin            33pts
8th      Alan Watkinson         47pts
9th      Neil Westbrook           51pts
After 9 races

IOM Winter Series 2

A good turnout of 11 boats for the second winter series and the last race of the 2018 season at Birkenhead. After the wet and windy race last week, the competitors were treated to sunny, (at times) and top suit conditions, with the wind blowing WNW.These conditions made the windward leg very tactical and a good start essential
After Peter Baldwin had donned the waders and laid an excellent course,Race Officer Bernie McNulty had all 11 boats away on time and early front runners were Martin Roberts sailing Dave Potter’s Lintel, Brad Gibson sailing his pimped Red Wine and Bill Culshaw in his BritPop. These three were to hotly contest the podium positions all day, with Martin a worthy winner.
Alan Watkinson sailed very well, which had its reward with a well deserved win in one race, and Chris Chatfield from Fleetwood unfortunately, broke a shroud and had to sail in second suit for the rest of his day. Other positions were hotly contested and all competitors now look forward to the next Winter Series which is on Saturday 5th January.
Merry Christmas!

1st Martin Roberts 14pts
2nd Brad Gibson 18pts
3rd Bill Culshaw 20pts
4th John Brierley 26pts
5th Alan Watkinson 34pts
6th David Foster 46pts
7th Peter Balwin 47pts
8th Lawrence Brennan 55pts
9th Neil Westbrook 64pts
10th Dave Williams 69pts
11th Chris Chatfield 79pts

IOM Christmas Race

The forecast of icy rain and gale force winds didn’t deter 19 hardy skippers racing for the 2018 Christmas IOM Race. The punchy south easterly breeze enabled Bernie and Jack to set a windward leeward course which used the full length of the lake. Remarkably there were very few retirements, a testament to boat design and maintenance. At the briefing Graham Elliott reminded skippers to race fairly and given the conditions try to keep incidents to a minimum. The leeward gate helped keep racing running smoothly, with the near buoy safer but less advantaged and the far buoy advantaged if you could complete the risky tack on the bank in the big waves! Before lunch racing was fast and furious, with many people posting good and average results. After a warming up with a brew and a mince pie, Bernie promised just 5 more races. With the rain and the wind building and the light dropping this was welcomed news. After 12 races Paul pipped Derek in 1st place with John Brierley sailing very consistently to claim 3rd. The next IOM Winter Series race is on Saturday 22nd December, 1pm start. Fingers crossed the suns out!

1st Paul Allen 31pts
2nd Derek Priestly 36pts
3rd John Brierley 41pts
4th Darin Ballington 42pts
5th Graham Elliot 46pts
6th Martin Roberts 52pts
7th Brad Gibson 59pts
8th Bill Culshaw 72pts
9th Vicky Gibson 73pts
10th Peter Baldwin 84pts
11th David Foster 101pts
12th Lawrence Drennon 117pts
13th Geoff Martindale 119pts
14th Mike Parkinson 122pts
15th Sue Parkinson 128pts
16th Neil Westbrook 129pts
17th Alan Watkinson 139pts
18th Andrew Peter 167pts
19th Dave Williams 181pts
After 12 Races

Thank to Peter Baldwin for risking his camera to take a pic!