Another week on and another storm in the form of Dennis threatened to batter the boats at this, the last of the RG65/DF65 Winter series. As it turned out, the club happened to be in a fortunate location with manageable winds and very little rain. The average direction at the start was SSE and so diagonally across the lake from the clubhouse to the far corner.
Four RG’s and three DF’s were on the start line for the first race after John Brierleys journey from North Wales was blocked by floods and fallen trees and other visitors decided that Dennis was going to cause problems for their journey. The three DF’s opted for their B rig due to the expected gusts whilst in the RG’s there was a mix of B swings and low aspect A conventional rigs.
Key to getting a good result was keeping the boat moving and being on the right tack for the rapid shifts that occurred. Boats could be overpowered in a gust one second and sat waiting for the wind the next. Seven races were completed before tea with some strong gusts causing problems downwind for most boats. At the break Neil had three wins, with Alan and Peter two apiece in the RG fleet. Andrew took the lions share of 6 wins in the DF fleet with Richard one, having taken the first.
After the break, the wind initially seemed to have moderated due to the light rain now falling, but the rain soon stopped and the gusts started again, some of which were from a S or SSW direction. After completing 11 races, the RG wins were shared between Neil (conventional A) with 5, Peter (swing B) with 4 and Alan (conventional A) taking 2 wins. Peter took the day by two points from Neil who had an unfortunate sinking feeling during the last race, with Alan in third. Andrew comfortably took the overall win in the DF fleet with 10 wins, with John Carlin second after Richard dropped out at race 6.
- Peter Baldwin 63 14pts 4 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 16pts 5 wins
- Alan Wilkinson 23 22pts 2 wins
- Dave Williams 33 30pts
- Andrew Peter 19 9pts 10 wins
- John Carlin 11 20pts
- Richard Robinson 01 26pts 1 win
Next week (22nd February) is round 6 of the IOM Winter series.
After last weeks IOM racing all of the marks needed repositioning to get a decent course for this weeks racing with a decent A rig (RG65) and A+ rig breeze from the WNW. Racing started very soon after 12:00 with the four RG65’s sailing 10 metres further up the lake than the seven DF65’s (including four visitors from Gresford).
In the RG65 fleet of Pocket Rockets, Alan Watkinson used his tall A conventional rig to good effect and took wins in the first two races. Peter Baldwin then got into a groove and won the next 5, before a break for lunch and a hot drink. Suitably refreshed after lunch, Neil Westbrook took 2 wins from the next three races and Alan had a further win, before Peter took the final two races, with the wind by now easing a few knots as the sun went down.
Andrew Peter had a commanding day in the DF65 fleet, winning eleven out of the twelve races. Only John Carlin managed to keep him from the podium, before he had to retire with some winch troubles. David Bradley and Bob Andrews from Gresford both came close to beating Andrew in a number of races, with the result only being decided in the last few metres to the line.
An excellent day of 12 races with close racing in both fleets. Thanks once again to Jack and Bernie for running our racing and making drinks at lunchtime. Our visitors from Gresford enjoyed the “Birkenhead Experience” and have promised to return for the final event in this Winter series, which takes place on Saturday 15th February.
- Peter Baldwin 63 13pts 7 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 19pts 2 wins
- Alan Watkinson 23 26pts 3 wins
- Dave Williams 33 31pts
- Andrew Peter 919 10pts 11wins
- David Bradley 98 23pts
- Rob Andrews 835 35pts
- Charles Legg 13 41pts
- Keith Pizzey 517 44pts
- Russell Owens 903 55pts
- John Carlin 11 60pts 1 win
12 races sailed
A nice 6 to 8 knots straight down the lake from the clubhouse greeted the 10 sailors today for the second of the RG65 & DF65 Winter Series. There were four visitors (only 3 sailing) from Gresford who helped swell the DF65 fleet to 5 and five club Pocket Rocket’s competing in the RG65 section. Racing got underway very shortly after 12:00 with a Windward/Leeward course and separate windward marks for each fleet, well set-out by John Brierley.
In the DF65 fleet, Richard Robinson had the best day winning eight of the eleven races, with visitor David Bradley pushing him hard later in the day for two wins and the final win taken by Andrew Peter, before he had to leave early. As the light faded Richard was a clear winner on 10 points, David second on 19 and Bob Andrews (Gresford) in third, only three points ahead of Russel Owens (Gresford), who improved markedly during the day to be one of the top three at the end.
The RG65 fleet ended up being a two way fight for the top spot between Peter Baldwin and John Brierley, although both Neil Westbrook and Alan Watkinson also had spells at the front of the fleet during many of the races. At the end, Peter scraped the overall win with six firsts to John’s five, having overtaken John in the last race just30 metres to the line. A day of very close racing much of the time, with no clear indication of the “right way” up the beat and lots of guessing going on which sometimes paid off. A day that ended with only a light 3 knot breeze when a light keel seemed to pay off.
Thanks once again to Bernie for running the racing today – the last racing at Birkenhead in 2019. See you in 2020 on January 8th (DF65) or 11th (IOM)
- Richard Robinson 01 10pts
- David Bradley 98 19pts
- Rob Andrews 835 30pts
- Russel Owens 903 33pts
- Andrew Peter 919 38pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 12pts
- John Brierley 84 13pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 26pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 33pts
- David Williams 33 41pts
Following the AGM discussion, three more dates have been allocated to RG65/DF65 open events over the Winter on a Saturday. The dates are in the Calendar as:
- Saturday 21st December
- Saturday 18th January
- Saturday 15th February
The start time will be 12:00 with no start scheduled to be after 16:00. Visitors are most welcome. Clubhouse open from approximately 11:00, with hot drinks available .
A very wet and millpond conditions met the 4 RG65s and 6 DF65s for a joint afternoons racing at Birkenhead. The wind barely got above a zephyr all afternoon but in the end 8 races were completed with the wind generally from the NW.
Continue reading “RG65 & DF65 Winter Open”
The dates for this years Winter Series have now been published in the 2019 Calendar.
This year there will be a series of 8 afternoons of racing for IOM’s starting on the 9th November. This follows the Strebor IOM meeting which takes place on the 26th October (Start time 10:00). In addition, there is also the Xmas Race on 14th December which will this year again be raced in the IOM class (Start Time 10:30)
Due to the success of the RG65/DF65 race days over the Summer, it has been decided that there will also be some events for these classes. The first of these will take place on Saturday 26th October.
With the reduced light conditions during the Winter, each race day will start at 12:00 rather than the summer time of 13:00, in the hope that this will allow a good number of races to be run before the light goes. No race will start after 16:00.
As a final reminder, the last two afternoons in the Summer Series of IOM racing take place on Saturday the 5th and 19th October. The last in the series has been changed from 12th October due to a clash with other events.