Sunny conditions, wind from the clubhouse end and a fair degree of shiftiness in that wind , met the competitors for the RG/DF day at Birkenhead on Saturday.
5 RG65s and 3 DF65s started at 1100 with the DFs starting one minute ahead of the RGs with this format ensuring all the boats finishing together.
With 7 races before lunch, the racing was very close and a battle in the RGs between Graham Elliott and John Brierley developed with Graham leading at the break.Neil Westbrook, Dave Williams and Alan Watkinson were also swapping places constantly showing how competitive all of these boats are.
The DFs were also having close racing and a welcome return to Birkenhead of Roger Lincoln showing he had not lost any knowledge of the lake. Peter Baldwin and Andrew Peters were also having their moments in the shifting conditions that prevailed all day.
After lunch both fleets were reduced as both Graham and Peter had to withdraw due to family commitments and the remaining fleet had 6 more races.
Thanks as usual go to Bernie and Jack for running the days racing and making drinks for everyone at break times.
12 races sailed.
1st John Brierley 13pts
2nd Neil Westbrook 28pts
3rd Graham Elliott 33 pts
4th Dave Williams 34pts
5th Alan Watkinson 56pts (broken winch at lunchtime)
1st Roger Lincoln 16pts
2nd Andrew Peters 26pts
3rd Peter Baldwin 32pts
A good entry of 19 boats of which there were 7 different designs competing for round 3 of the RG65 TT at Birkenhead, where we were met with blue skies and a decent breeze of 6 to 8 knots straight down the lake, with all skippers opting for their number 1 rigs to start the days sailing.
We sailed 4 races before a quick cup of tea/coffee (and a piece of cake) with no one skipper quick out of the blocks. Martin Roberts did take 2 out of the first 4 but also scored heavily in the other 2 sailing a borrowed Scram for the day. Eight races were sailed before lunch and still no one skipper dominated with 5 different race winners and only a few points separating the top 5 boats it was obvious that consistency was going to win the day.
After lunch with the breeze building and skippers going down a rig at some point during the next four races, it was tight to the finish, finally after 17 races it was Martin Roberts who ground out the win on his maiden venture with an RG65 and gave the lad a smile from ear to ear.
We had two lady helms competing at this event, both enjoyed the champagne sailing with Liz Tushingham finishing in a well placed 7th and Susan Parkington 13th.
Thanks must go to Judith Baldwin, Bernie, Neil and Chris Westbrook for their help and not forgetting John Brierley for supplying the scones and Bara brith to have with our tea.
There are a few more photographs in the Gallery.
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The Open Events being run by Birkenhead are now all open for entry on the MYA website. In date order they are:
- DF Racing Traveller Rounds 5 & 6, April 27th/28th @ Birkenhead
- RG65 Traveller Round 3, May 11th @ Birkenhead
- 10R Nationals, Thursday & Friday 18th/19th July at West Kirby Marine Lake
- M Nationals, Saturday & Sunday 20th/21st July at West Kirby Marine Lake
For further details on all these events (NoR and Entries) refer to the 2019 Open Events tab on the website. We look forward to seeing your entry soon.
Full report to follow later, but with 5 different designs filling the first five places it looks like an interesting day was had by all!
RG65 TT#7 Results (pdf file)
It would appear that we haven’t been receiving all of the entries from those who entered via the MYA Website correctly. If you have already entered the event and your entry isn’t shown below please could you email Graham Elliott email@example.com to confirm your entry ASAP.
If you haven’t already entered, you still have time to do so – Full NoR – NoR RG65 TT #7 @ Birkenhead
(Entry list updated 20th September 2018)
|Peter Baldwin||Pocket Rocket||Birkenhead||63
|David Potter||Pocket Rocket||Birkenhead||20
|Sue Parkington||Pocket Rocket||Fleetwood||86
|David Williams||Pocket Rocket||Birkenhead||33
|John Brierley||Wedge Mk 1 ||Birkenhead||84
|Alan Watkinson||Pocket Rocket||Birkenhead||23
|Damian Ackroyd||Fonix||Leeds Bradford||101
- Peter Baldwin 15 Pts
- Dave Potter 25
- Dave Williams 38
- Alan Watkinson 47
- John Brierley 49
- Andrew Peter 16 Pts
- Dave Pickup 23
After 14 races.
That concludes the series. Provisional series winners (subject to checking) DF65 – Andrew Peter
RG65 – Dave Williams
Full series results here