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.
After driving through floods and arriving in torrential rain, the Marblehead skippers probably didn’t hold out any great hopes for the day ahead, but as the first race started, the sky cleared and the wind filled in straight down the lake ensuring a terrific day of close racing.
Early front runner was Martin Roberts with various boats having their moments, but by lunchtime Darin Ballington and Colin Walton from Manor Park, and Graham Elliott from the home club had also established themselves at the top end of the leader board.
After lunch Darin started to claw back Martin’s early lead and after 13 races it was all square.
The final race was to be a shoot out to determine the overall winner and with that, the fleet hit the start line as one, bang on the hooter, with Martin tucked under Darin’s lee bow .
With both the light and wind fading Martin used all his local experience to grind out the win to take the event overall.
Next year the club is intending to hold open Marblehead racing at West Kirby so keep an eye on our website for dates. All welcome.
- Martin Roberts 18 Pts
- Darin Ballington 21
- Graham Elliott 33
- Colin Walton 54
- Bill Culshaw 67
- Alan Watkinson 70
- Peter Baldwin 82
- Roger Lincoln 84
- Mike Parkington 97
- Derek Priestley 99
14 races sailed
The lake is now confirmed as ice free, so all is looking good for the Marblehead Open Event this Saturday with sunny intervals and light showers forecast for the day with a moderate North Westerly wind (ie. straight down the lake, our favoured direction).
The following entries are confirmed, but anyone is welcome to turn up and pay on the day.
The Marblehead “Santa Dash” Open Meeting takes place on 16th December this year.
Briefing will be at 10.15am, first race at 10.30am and no race will start after 4pm (or darkness whichever arrives first)
Tea and coffee will be available at the club, but bring your own food for lunch.
Please enter in advance if possible by sending an email to Graham Elliott at email@example.com
As usual, spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in attending.
There will be no Marblehead racing this Saturday due to a lack of competitors. Attempts have been made to contact all Marblehead owners in the club.
Next season we will be planning a new format to hopefully encourage more interest – details to follow in due course once they have been confirmed.
A day of similar winds to Saturday starting with light rain and 5 knots from the NNE and then gradually shifting to NW and building in the afternoon to 12 to 15 knots in great sunshine. This was West Kirby nearly at its best – the only improvement would have been a breeze which was more Westerly so that the racing could have been more tactical and easier for the sailors to judge distances at the windward mark.
A very tight finish with two boats on 19 points after 9 races and Graham Elliott narrowly beating Peter Stollery on the basis of a larger number of first places.
Full results (downloadable pdf file)