Events coming up at Birkenhead

A quick reminder of what is going on at the club in the next couple of weeks.

On this Wednesday 23rd October, a pre-AGM meeting will be held at the club after DF65 racing and starting at 13:00.  This is to allow members to bring items to the attention of the club committee prior to the Club AGM which will be held on Saturday 23rd November.

Next Saturday 26th October, there will be an  Open event for both RG65 and DF65 starting at 12:00.

On the following week (2nd November) the annual Strebor IOM Open takes place with the first race starting at 10:00.  Please let Graham Elliott know if you plan to attend – the current entry list is here

IOM Club series #13 19/10/19

Sailed in a light NW breeze, the final event of the 2019 IOM Club Series took place on Saturday.  After 10 races, the wins were shared between three of the helms and the end result was as follows:

  1. Bill Culshaw               21       11pts
  2. Alan Watkinson        23      15ts
  3. Lawrence Drennan  57     21pts
  4. Dave Williams            33     24pts

Bill took 5 wins, Alan 3 and Lawrence 2 wins. Thanks once again to Bernie for running the racing.

As this was the last in the series, the overall win went to Bill Culshaw with 673 points, second to Alan Watkinson with 459 and third to John Brierley with 457.  The full series results are on the Current Standings page.

The next IOM event is the Strebor Open on the 2nd November (First Start at 10:00.  It would be good if you could let Graham Elliott know if you intend to enter.  Details and current entry list are here

This is followed by the first Winter (Open) Series which takes place on 9th November (Start time 12:00).

Strebor IOM Open – Date Change to 2/11/19

Please note that the date of the Strebor Open was incorrect in the Calendar and has now been changed to Saturday 2nd November with a first Race start time of 10:00.

The Notice of Race is available to view here.

Entries as per NoR to Graham Elliott, whose contact details are contained in the NoR and are listed on the contacts page.  To gauge entry numbers it would be useful if you could advise Graham of entry before the 2/11/19.

DragonForce Autumn Series #3 16/10/19

After a bumper turnout last week, only 8 sailors made it to the start line this week  for a host of reasons including last minute gear failure.  There was a good Westerly breeze for an A rig sail and the races were turned around quickly by Race Officer Ernie ably assisted by Neil who also helped with boat tuning as he was unable to sail himself.

Peter took the overall win with six firsts, with Kris second (two firsts and a clutch of seconds) and Alan third.  Colin and Derek had the other two wins from the 10 races sailed.

  1. Peter Baldwin            63       11pts
  2. Kris Morrow               94       15pts
  3. Alan Watkinson       373       26pts
  4. Derek Matthews         57       29pts
  5. Dave Williams            233      34pts
  6. Colin Deakin                  93      36pts
  7. Sally Collings              829     46pts
  8. John Carling                   11      62pts

Please note that there will be an RG65/DF65 Winter Race on Saturday 26th October, Start time of 12:00.  Visitors very welcome in either class.

DragonForce Autumn Series #2 9/10/19

A gusty WSW breeze of 3 to 12 knots with some stronger gusts made for a tricky set of races for the 15 skippers this week. Key to getting a good result was having a clear lane off the start line and keeping the boat moving during the large shifts.  John mastered the conditions better than most and gained the lions share of the wins with 5 under his belt.  The remaining 5 were shared evenly between Alan, Andrew, Dave W, Neil and Peter. After ten races, John came out on top, with Neil second and Peter in third.

It was good to see so many racing this week and very useful to have the consistent eye of Ernie watching over the starts. Thanks once again Ernie.

  1. John Brierley             84     13pts
  2. Neil Westbrook         03     25pts
  3. Peter Baldwin            63     26pts
  4. Alan Watkinson       373    33pts
  5. Dave Williams          233    39pts
  6. Bernie McNulty          81     43pts
  7. Andrew Peter             919    44pts
  8. Derek Matthews         57     62pts (2x4th)
  9. Sally Collings              829   62pts (0x4th)
  10. Dave Pickup                 86     67pts
  11. Richard Robinson     01       70pts
  12. Zoe Matthews             19      79pts
  13. Colin Deakin                93      82pts
  14. John Carling                 11       99pts
  15. David Halstead          855    105pts

Change of date for last IOM Summer Race to 19th October

The last Summer IOM race (#13) was due to be held on 12th October, but will now take place on the following Saturday 19th October.

As there is an IOM Ranking weekend and the final RG65 TT on that day, many regular club sailors are likely to be away and so it has been decided to postpone the last event in the series by one week.