IOM 2017/18 Winter Series #7 (10/03/18)

One Metres Birkenhead

A steady (ish) south-easterly breeze greeted 10 eager skippers for the final round of the famous Birkenhead IOM Winter Series. Several of the usual suspects were missing, no doubt saving Mothers day brownie points so they could attend the first Marblehead ranker at Watermead on Sunday.

In total 27 skippers have competed and running into the final day any of the top 6 could have won. That said, 2013 World Champion Rob Walsh from Fleetwood had won each of the days he sailed and although not leading going into the final race, due to not having a discard, a betting man would put his money on Rob winning with a perfect score of 400.

The first race was led by Paul Allen, with Rob and Martin Roberts scrapping for second and third. This set the tone for the day, with these three sharing most of the top 3 places in all 9 races with Rob claiming more first places.

After some post brew drizzle the breeze dropped and begun to shift to the forecasted southerly. With this come several general recalls as the course became biased on starboard tack.

After 9 races Rob Walsh won with 10 points, Paul Allen was second with 16 points and Martin Roberts third on 21 points.

  1. Rob Walsh 10 Pts
  2. Paul Allen 16
  3. Martin Roberts 21
  4. John Brierley 29
  5. Emilio Gonzalez 38
  6. Peter Baldwin 49
  7. Alan Watkinson 51
  8. Mike Parkington 54
  9. Sue Parkington 65
  10. Andrew Peter 70  (one 5th)
  11. Dave Williams 70 (No 5ths)
  12. Garry Box 74

10 races sailed.


Series Results

As some may have forecasted Rob Walsh won the 2017/18 IOM Winter Series scoring the perfect 400. Paul Allen was second scoring 375 and Graham Elliott was third scoring 366.

Full series results here



Last race of Winter Series – and start of New Season

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.

IOM 2017/18 Winter Series #6 (24/02/18)

Well, Windguru told us 12knots from the SE and we got 12knots from the SE, beautiful blue skies but a bracing Siberian wind.

16 boats, 15 in second suit and Emilio in top suit. The early pace setters settled in very quickly with Rob winning 4 of the first 6 before tea break, Paul taking the other 2 races with Derek not far behind with a brace of seconds and a brace of thirds. Gary Benson also showing good form in races 1 and 5. Unfortunately Rob had to miss race 4 to take a trip to the corner shop for a pack of AAs for his TX, just shows, once again, 10 years at the top of the sport and even a World Champion can sometimes fail to prepare for Birkenhead.

After tea and the big question was, had Alan Watkinson taken a visit to the dodgy Russian doctor for something a little stronger than Tetleys with some great results especially in races 7 and 9. By race 7 the  guts had gone out of a few of the gusts which allowed Emilio to finally get his boat downwind without cartwheeling and somersaulting and get two race wins.

The day belonged to Rob though, with Paul, Derek and Martin closely following, 5th was a mile behind these top four. Final chapter to the book in two weeks, will Rob take the perfect 400 or will he crack under the pressure and let Paul, Graham or Martin through to take the chocolates?

Thanks go to Jack and Bernie, once again and also John for doning the waders once again.

  1. Rob Walsh 17 Pts
  2. Paul Allen 24
  3. Derek Priestley 27
  4. Martin Roberts 29
  5. Graham Elliott 51
  6. John Brierley 53
  7. Emilio Gonzalez 55
  8. Alan Watkinson 66 (One 2nd)
  9. Peter Baldwin 66 (No 2nds)
  10. Gary Benson 67
  11. Andrew Peter 85
  12. Mike Parkington 91
  13. Neil Westbrook 104
  14. Dave Williams 115
  15. Sue Parkington 117
  16. David Foster 123

11 races sailed.

IOM 2017/18 Winter Series #5 (10/02/18) – Results

What the forecast said and what we got were miles apart, a decent 5mph wind from the NW-N-NE was what settled in by the 1pm, on the dot, start, not the 15mph Easterly that was expected.

Another good turn out of 12 boats,  with Martin, Graham, John and Dave all hoping to take full advantage of the fact that series leader Paul Allen was busy eating escargot and sipping the finest Moet in Paris for Jude’s 40th, must have been a difficult decision for the lad to take.

Sailing was challenging all afternoon with the starboard shifts coming as often as Martin buys a round, so when one was sniffed out, it had to be taken.

Graham and Martin, both sailing their Widgets, traded blows for 8 of the 9 races completed, the other was a TKO as Martin forgot to switch the boat on before launching, lessons to be learnt even after 40 years of radio sailing at the top. The sailing was very close at times as the shifts and gusts compressed the fleet in many races and nothing was to be taken for granted as Dave Williams found out in race 6, rounding the final mark 5 lengths clear after leading the entire race he was cruelly left in 4th position at the finish, as Dave does, a smile and a shrug, most would of resorted to gutter mutterings and kicking the coffee table, not Dave though.

Of the 9 races completed there were race wins for 4 skippers, Emelio, Dave Potter, Martin and Graham. Bill also showed a bit of the old spark in races 4 and 9 with two solid second places that left him just off the podium in 4th as it was Graham, Martin and Dave Potter that took the top three positions for the day and turning the temperature up to gas mark 9 for Paul and the final 2 races of the series.

Thanks again must go to Jack, Bernie and Joyce, without you, we couldn’t go racing.

  1. Graham Elliott 9 Pts
  2. Martin Roberts 17
  3. Dave Potter 23
  4. Bill Culshaw 27
  5. John Brierley 31
  6. Emilio Gonzalez 36
  7. Neil Westbrook 39
  8. Alan Watkinson 47
  9. Dave Williams 56
  10. Gary Benson 58
  11. Chris Chatfield 64
  12. Sally Collings 72

9 races sailed.

IOM 2017/18 Winter Series #4 (27/01/18)

Another fantastic turn out for round 4 of the Birkenhead Winter Series. A number of guests joined us today, including Mick Cooper from the Lincoln club sailing his TNT, Gary Benson from Fleetwood sailing his Arrival and Chris Chatfield  sailing his flat deck Widget to a high standard, definitely one to be watched when he takes possession of his new Fraktel. Once again, Martin, Graham and Mike chose to sail their Widgets on the day.

The wind was extremely challenging for most of the day with the first 4 races resulting in big gains and even bigger loses to be had, indeed, Dave Potter, Graham Elliott and Mike Allen all fell foul of this early on but it was Martin Roberts and Paul Allen sailing the most consistently to take the lead into the break.

After tea, the wind straightened significantly and we had a first race win by returning skipper and dinghy expert Mike Allen sailing grey 9 BritPOP! There was also some consistent sailing from John Brierley and the unlucky Emilio who was quite cruelly taken out by most of the fleet whilst rounding the final mark in 2nd position in one race.

The day belonged to Paul and Martin who both sailed extremely well in tricky conditions.

Yet again, thanks to Bernie and Jack for running the race and also John for wearing the waders to set the buoys, much appreciated.

  1. Paul Allen 13 Pts (Countback to 4th places)
  2. Martin Roberts 13
  3. Graham Elliott 23 (One 1st)
  4. John Brierley 23
  5. Derek Priestley 24
  6. Dave Potter 29
  7. Mike Allen 35
  8. Mike Parkington 46
  9. Bill Culshaw 54
  10. Dave Williams 56
  11. Peter Baldwin 58
  12. Neil Westbrook 61
  13. Emilio Gonzalez 66
  14. Roger Lincoln 71
  15. Andrew Peter 75
  16. Alan Watkinson 78
  17. Gary Benson 89 (One 9th)
  18. Mick Cooper 89
  19. Chris Chatfield 92
  20. Sally Collings 94
  21. Colin Deakin 105
  22. Sue Parkington 106

No racing at Birkenhead next weekend, but IOM sailors can venture to an open meeting at Doncaster on 4th February and the Dragonflite/Dragonforce TT is at West Lancs for Saturday and Sunday.


IOM 2017/18 Winter Series #3

Another great turn out for the 3rd race in the Winter series. Obviously a few skippers getting some early practice in for the upcoming European Championships being held in Croatia in April.

The wind was a medium to heavy top suit strength straight down the lake from the club house end.

The first race was a two boat match race at the front between  Rob Walsh and Paul Allen with Rob just getting his nose ahead by the finish, this was the first of many wins for Rob who took all but one race.

The day saw quite a few skippers tasting the front of the fleet at some time, Bill sailing his newly launched boat eventually ironed out some problems with his trim and put some solid results in. Martin, Graham and Mike all chose to sail their Widgets and all sailed well to register some very good scores. There were also impressive races by Alan and Sally who threatened the top 3 in a few races. Dave’s very impressive looking new boat from the Dave Creed workshop showed good speed in quite a few races.

Many thanks to Jack and Bernie on the start and finish line and also Joyce for the welcome cup of hot tea at the break.

  1. Rob Walsh 7 Pts
  2. Graham Elliott 17
  3. Paul Allen 22
  4. Martin Roberts 30
  5. Dave Potter 33
  6. John Brierley 36
  7. Emilio Gonzalez 43
  8. Bill Culshaw 49
  9. Mike Parkington 56
  10. Alan Watkinson 57
  11. Sue Parkington 76
  12. Gary Benson 81
  13. Andrew Peter 86
  14. Neil Westbrook 87
  15. Colin Deakin 92
  16. Chris Chatfield 93
  17. Dave Williams 105
  18. Sally Collings 115

9 races sailed.