Marbleheads (West Kirby 3rd August 2018)

Photo – John Brierley

Fantastic sailing conditions welcomed the 7 skippers to West Kirby, sunny and the wind blowing out of the North West, simply lovely.

All skippers opted for the ‘B’ rigs to start with, a long first beat to the windward mark then over to a spreader mark before a long run down to the gate, twice round and finish.

John Tushingham sailing a new design from the pencil of Alex Corey was the early pace setter winning 6 out of the 9 before lunch.

A few skippers opted for there ‘A’ rigs after lunch as the wind dropped slightly. Graham Elliott had better luck after lunch winning 5 out of 7. Colin Walton and Bill Culshaw (14,000steps) both had some decent races with Bill getting the win in race 8 and kept the pressure on John and Graham all the way.

Mike Parkington and Neil Westbrook also showed promise after both suffering some niggly problems. Unfortunately Dave Potter had to go for an early bath after suffering from a battery eating TX.

Big thanks must go to John Brierley and Dave Williams for the course trimming, scoring, starting, getting the marks to and from the lake, launching and landing the rib, it does not go un-noticed or un-appreciated.

  1. John Tushingham 18 Pts
  2. Graham Elliott 21
  3. Bill Culshaw 36
  4. Colin Walton 42
  5. Mike Parkington 69
  6. Neil Westbrook 71
  7. Dave Potter 87


Marbleheads at West Kirby this coming Saturday

A reminder to all that the M class will be sailing at West Kirby lake this coming Saturday and not at Gautby Road.  Entry is open to non-club members.

Graham Elliott has requested that anyone planning on attending (club member or not) please contact him ( so that he has an idea of the number of people turning up.

(Graham is already aware of the following entries)

John Tushingham
Neil Westbrook
Colin Walton
Bill Culshaw
Graham Elliott
Dave Potter
Mike Parkington
John Smith

Marblehead World Champion

In case anyone hasn’t already heard, Brad Gibson successfully defended his Marblehead World Champion Title in Germany, making it 4 in a row.

There is an excellent report by Darin Ballington on the MYA website  so I won’t bother repeating the details here, but once again congratulations to Brad.


10r Worlds

Congratulations to Brad Gibson on retaining his 10r World Championship Crown at Biblis in Germany.

Christofe Boisnault (FRA) took second place and Mateo Longhi (ITA) third.

More details on the MYA Website

This Monday sees the start of the Marblehead World Championship at the same venue, where Brad will be joined by fellow club members Martin Roberts and Bill Culshaw. That event can be followed here

Marblehead #1 Results, 12th May 2018


Saturday saw the start of the 2018 Marblehead Series. This year all of the Marblehead racing is being held at West Kirby Marine Lake and is open to visitors as well as Birkenhead club members.


  1. Bill Culshaw 18 Pts
  2. Andrea Roberts 38
  3. Vinnie Zammit 42
  4. Neil Westbrook 45
  5. Robert Wilson 46
  6. Alf Reynolds 67
  7. Martin Roberts 94

After 16 races

Thanks to Andrew Peter for the photographs.