IOM Handicap, 7/4/12

Our first handicap race of the year saw a lovely A rig breeze blowing straight down the middle of the lake from the top end. All skippers had their chance to shine throughout the day with 7 different heat winners showing that the skippers with the most consistent results according to their handicap placed strongly. Congratulations to Roy Washbrook whose worst scoring race on the day after two discards was a 6th place showing great consistency to win.

1. Roy Washbrook,   30 pts
2. Richard Hampson,   33
3. Victoria McNulty,   36
4. Brad Gibson,   38
5. Colin Smith,   45
6. Colin Galvin,   45
7. Vernon Gee,   47
8. Bill Culshaw,   47
9. Jim Finday,   47
10. Graham Elliott,   47
11. Dave Wayt,   51
12. Dave Williams,   54
13. George Laverick,   112 (Andrew Benson)

IOM Club Championship 1, 24/3/12

Race day 1 of the Birkenhead Club Championship for 2012 was sailed in a light to moderate SE breeze and warm, summer like conditions. A full fleet of 20 boats and some very tight racing across the fleet. Thanks go to PROs Jack Turner and Bernie McNulty.

1. Brad Gibson,   14 pts
2. Graham Elliott,   20
3. Martin Roberts,   21
4. Richard Hampson,   32
5. Victoria McNulty,   34
6. Neil Westbrook,   60
7. Dave Williams,   82
8. Colin Galvin,   84
9. Dave Burke,   88
10. Colin Smith,   88
11. Bill Culshaw,   89
12. Roy Washbrook,   90
13. Damian Ackroyd,   93
14. Vernon Gee,   113
15. Ernie Rice,   114
16. Lisa Reeves,   122
17. Dave Wayt,   123
18. Frank Smedley,   139
19. George Laverick,   164
20. David Catherall,   185

IOM Trophy Race, 10/3/12

The first IOM race of the new season saw a lovely NW breeze with B rigs the choice for all skippers. Once again special thanks to Jim Findlay who stood down for the day to PRO our race. At the end of racing some very tired legs were noted from our fantastic lake clean up helpers.

1. Brad Gibson,   8 pts
2. Richard Hampson,   16
3. Colin Smith,   26
4. Victoria McNulty,   28
5. Colin Galvin,   44
6. Neil Westbrook,   53
7. Bill Culshaw,   57
8. Ernie Rice,   61
9. Dave Wayt,   64
10. Vernon Gee,   64
11. Dave Burke,   72
12. Dave Williams,   74
13. Roy Washbrook,   85
14. Frank Smedley,   89
15. David Catherall,   111
16. George Laverick,   126

Northern District Winter Series 26/2/12

Round 5 of the Northern District Winter Series was held in mostly light fickle winds with the breeze only settling down for the final four races late in the afternoon. Visiting skippers were welcomed from both the Midlands and South East Districts, making a total  of 18 boats for the day. With a high quality fleet comprising of 7 GBR representatives of last year’s IOM World Championship. After some tight racing in trying conditions, Birkenhead skippers filled the top three placings, with Tony Edwards of the Midlands proving the best of the visitors in fourth place.
Attentions will now be focused on the to the first National Ranking Races for 2012 next weekend at Bartley Green in the West Midlands, where many ND skippers will hope to take advantage of lessons learned through what has proven to be a very tight series in the North.

Congratulations go to John Tushingham for a thoroughly deserved ND Winter Series win for 2011/12 and to all skippers who supported the series.

1. 42 Brad Gibson Birkenhead BritPOP! 14
2. 22 Martin Roberts Birkenhead Lintel MMX 24
3. 09 Graham Elliott Birkenhead BritPOP! 27
4. 75 Tony Edwards Leicestershire Robot 48
5. 25 Rob Walsh Fleetwood Lintel MMX 59
6. 83 Ken Binks Eashbourne Psycho 60
7. 51 John Tushingham Keighley Arrival 61
8. 98 Darin Ballington Manor Park BritPOP! 63
9. 62 Victoria McNulty Birkenhead BritPOP! 73
10. 11 Dave Stewart Ashton Quays Widget 87
11. 277 Mick Chamberlain Rotherham Widget 101
12. 54 Roy Stevens Tri-Services Pikanto 102
13. 61 John Sharman Keighley Robot 107
14. 33 Dave Williams Birkenhead Lintel 139
15. 108 Liz Tushingham Keighley Robot 145
16. 74 John Fozard Ashton Quays Pikanto 150
17. 71 Graham Marsh Ashton Quays Gadget 150
18. 21 Bill Clushaw Birkenhead Lintel 168

 

Thank you to PROs Colin Galvin and Jim Findlay, and to Joyce Roberts and Rona Galvin in the canteen.

Winter Series Race 8, 25/2/12

PRO Bill Culshaw kept racing moving at a cracking pace for the final race of the Birkenhead IOM Winter Series. A light NW breeze flowed down the middle of the lake for 16 skippers including guest Ken Binks from the Eastbourne club. Graham Elliott set the pace for the majority of the day and suffered finally through having to leave a couple of races short at the end. Brad Gibson took out the final race, making a clean sweep of the Winter Series but was pushed hard by Martin Roberts throughout the day.

1. Brad Gibson,   19
2. Martin Roberts,   25
3. Graham Elliott,   26
4. Dave Potter,   26
5. Victoria McNulty,   45
6. Ken Binks*,   51
7. Mick Chamberlain,   53
8. Rob Walsh,   57
9. Colin Smith,   72
10. Neil Westbrook,   91
11. Ernie Rice,   95
12. Lisa Reeves,   97
13. Dave Williams,   99
14. Jim Findlay,   105
15. Dave Wayt,   121
16. Roy Washbrook,   122

PRO – Bill Culshaw

* Visitor