Marblehead Santa Open Report/Results

 

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.

  1. Martin Roberts 18 Pts
  2. Darin Ballington 21
  3. Graham Elliott 33
  4. Colin Walton 54
  5. Bill Culshaw 67
  6. Alan Watkinson 70
  7. Peter Baldwin 82
  8. Roger Lincoln 84
  9. Mike Parkington 97
  10. Derek Priestley 99

14 races sailed

Marblehead Open

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.

Graham Elliott
Martin Roberts
Colin Walton
Darin Ballington
Derek Priestley
Alan Watkinson
Dave Potter
Bill Culshaw
Peter Baldwin
Roger Lincoln

Marblehead “Santa Dash” Open this coming Saturday

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 elliottyachts@hotmail.co.uk

As usual, spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in attending.

Saturday’s Marblehead Racing Cancelled

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.

Marblehead Ranking Event #5

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)

Marblehead Ranking Event #4

Another great days sailing at West Kirby.

Wind steadily increased during the day from 6 or 7 knots at the start from the North to 11 to 13 knots from the North West.

Ten races completed for two heats.

Worthy winner was Brad Gibson who had the most consistent days racing on 21 points followed closely by Graham Bantock on 25 and Graham Elliott on 26.

Full results (downloadable pdf file)