Wind, sun and enthusiasm by all the entrants for this years Birkenhead Christmas race for the IOM, was evident today at Gautby Road. As this was the first round of the Northern District Winter Series for the IOM, there were 9 club’s represented, including the host club. This produced the 20 entrants and 16 races were achieved by the Race Officer and Commodore John Brierley, before the light finally closed in. Racing was in 2nd suit all day with some viscous but short lived gusts providing testing moments for most of the competitors.
Early front runner by the lunchtime break after 8 races was John Tushingham from Keighley (Vision) but as the day progressed Graham Elliott (Britpop) from the host club came back into contention and eventually proved a worthy winner in the testing conditions. There was a big battle for the final podium position with Peter Baldwin (Lintel MMX) securing it with a fine win in the last race from Derek Priestley (Dead Reckoning).
It was good to see 10 designs of IOM’s ranging form the Asset of Dave Stewart right through to the current range of popular designs. All boats had their moments today which kept everyone on their toes.
As this was the clubs Christmas race there was no entry fee charged by the club, but all competitors gave a wrapped gift and all those at the prizegiving went away with a prize (not there own gift!).
Thanks must go to John Brierley for acting as Race Officer together with Bernie, Jack and Joyce who provided the supporting roles to make this another successful event.
The next Birkenhead IOM race is our 3rd Winter series on 11th January, all visitors as usual are always welcome.
Next Week (Saturday 21/12/19) is Round 2 of the Winter Series for RG65/DF65. Visitors always welcome – Start time 12:00.
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Entries are now up to 20! If you are going to attend, please email Graham Elliott ASAP.
Full information on the event page with entries and links to NoR.
There was a light breeze as the 16 sailors started to arrive (including two very welcome visitors in the form of Gary and Mike Benson from Fleetwood). However, by the time 11:00 arrived, it had all but disappeared and there were no ripples on the lake. The breeze proved to be fitful and from just about any direction accompanied by light rain for the hour that it took to complete the first four races. At this point, the top 4 were very close as Neil had two wins and sat on 6 points, Peter one win with 7 points, Richard with one win and 8 points and finally John no wins and 8 points
It was then agreed to call a halt and have a warming drink and take stock on conditions. Another race was run but with only 12 sailors, after a few had decided to call it a day due to minimal wind and the rain. Conditions had not however improved and as it was now past one o’clock everyone agreed to call it a day at 5 races. The extra race did however change the results at the top and the final positions were:
- Peter Baldwin 63 8pts
- John Brierley 84 10pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 11pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 13pts
- Richard Robinson 01 16pts
- Dave Williams 233 24pts
- John Carling 11 28pts
- Garry Benson 68 33pts
- Sally Collings 829 34pts
- Andrew Peter 919 37pts (1x4th)
- Colin Deakin 93 37pts (0x4th)
- Richard Walker 39 39pts
- Chris Weston 194 42pts
- Mike St Paer 35 47pts
- Don Mackinnon 933 66pts
- Mike Benson 883 68pts
Next Wednesday (18th December) will be the 12th and last race in the Autumn DF65 series. We then restart with the Winter series on Wednesday 8th January.
The second event in the IOM Winter Series at the club takes place this week 7th December. Start time is 12:00 prompt.
Visitors always welcome.
The second race of the IOM Winter series will take place on Saturday 7th December starting at 12:00. Entries on the day.
Then on the following Saturday 14th December, the IOM Christmas Open takes place. As of 28/11/19, there are 7 entries. Further details, NoR and a list of entries are available here. To give the club an idea of numbers, it would be helpful if you can advise Graham Elliott of your entry before the day, but entries on the day are always welcome.
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 .