This weekend, all eyes turn to Rogoznica, Croatia where the IOM European Championships are being held from 8th to 13th April. Anyone wanting to follow the progress of our local sailors can do so on the event website at http://www.iomec2018.com/
For those not fortunate enough to be in Croatia, Fleetwood MYPBC are holding their Mayoral Cup Open meeting for IOMs on Sunday 8th April – full details on the Fleetwood Website
This coming Easter Weekend sees the start of our IOM series on Saturday 31st March (10 days in series, 6 best to count). A reminder that this year this is an Open Series and members from other MYA Clubs are welcome to attend (£2 on the day). Racing starts at 13.00 prompt.
For those with RG65s and DF65s, our friends at Fleetwood have announced a pop-up Open Event on Easter Monday starting at 09.45 Full details are available on the Fleetwood Website
All winter series racing has now come to a close and spring is in the air!
Well it did not feel like spring for the last race of the DF65 winter series at West Lancs SC, Southport last Sunday. Very cold but as in the previous races well attended by Birkenhead Club members. The series started in early January with barmy light winds and sunshine and finished in March in sub zero conditions and winds that blew dogs of the quay side.
Club members who attended all or parts of the series were Alan Watkinson, Dave Williams, Andrew Peter, Dave Pickup, Roger Lincoln and John Brierley. All agreed an excellent series which ran on alternate weekends along with our IOM Winter series at Gautby Rd.
Overall John Brierley won the event and Alan Watkinson was 4th
Attention now turns to the IOM ranking event at Lincoln this weekend with a good turn out of club members already on the entry list.
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.
- Rob Walsh 10 Pts
- Paul Allen 16
- Martin Roberts 21
- John Brierley 29
- Emilio Gonzalez 38
- Peter Baldwin 49
- Alan Watkinson 51
- Mike Parkington 54
- Sue Parkington 65
- Andrew Peter 70 (one 5th)
- Dave Williams 70 (No 5ths)
- Garry Box 74
10 races sailed.
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