IOM Christmas Race

The forecast of icy rain and gale force winds didn’t deter 19 hardy skippers racing for the 2018 Christmas IOM Race. The punchy south easterly breeze enabled Bernie and Jack to set a windward leeward course which used the full length of the lake. Remarkably there were very few retirements, a testament to boat design and maintenance. At the briefing Graham Elliott reminded skippers to race fairly and given the conditions try to keep incidents to a minimum. The leeward gate helped keep racing running smoothly, with the near buoy safer but less advantaged and the far buoy advantaged if you could complete the risky tack on the bank in the big waves! Before lunch racing was fast and furious, with many people posting good and average results. After a warming up with a brew and a mince pie, Bernie promised just 5 more races. With the rain and the wind building and the light dropping this was welcomed news. After 12 races Paul pipped Derek in 1st place with John Brierley sailing very consistently to claim 3rd. The next IOM Winter Series race is on Sunday 22nd December, 1pm start. Fingers crossed the suns out!

1st Paul Allen 31pts
2nd Derek Priestly 36pts
3rd John Brierley 41pts
4th Darin Ballington 42pts
5th Graham Elliot 46pts
6th Martin Roberts 52pts
7th Brad Gibson 59pts
8th Bill Culshaw 72pts
9th Vicky Gibson 73pts
10th Peter Baldwin 84pts
11th David Foster 101pts
12th Lawrence Drennon 117pts
13th Geoff Martindale 119pts
14th Mike Parkinson 122pts
15th Sue Parkinson 128pts
16th Neil Westbrook 129pts
17th Alan Watkinson 139pts
18th Andrew Peter 167pts
19th Dave Williams 181pts
After 12 Races

Thank to Peter Baldwin for risking his camera to take a pic!

AGM

Your Committee would like to invite all members to our Annual General Meeting at 1400 1st December 2018 to be held at the Royal Mersey Yacht Club.

Savoury Snacks will be available on completion, the bar will be open and tea and coffee will be on hand.

2018 Notice and Agenda (downloadable pdf)

IOM Racing Galore

Time to dust off those No.2 rigs as we have a feast of IOM racing ahead of us at Birkenhead this winter.

First up is the Strebor Trophy Open Event on 3rd November. Briefing at 09.45, first race at 10.00 and no race to start after 16.00. Tea and coffee will be available all day but competitors/guests should bring their own food. Entry fee is £3.

The Xmas Dash is also an IOM event this year – full details here

Our ever popular winter series which is also open to visitors will be fought over 7 Saturdays this season all racing starts at 1pm and generally ends around twilight. Dates for that are 17th November, 22nd December 2018, 5th & 19th January, 2nd & 16th February and 2nd March 2019

DF65 Autumn Series #7 26/9/18

Seven sailors turned out for the weekly race, top of A+ wind, but from over the houses which made it very tricky.

  1. John Brierley 13 Pts
  2. Neil Westbrook 17
  3. Dave Williams 35
  4. Derek Mathews 46 (1x2nd, 2x3rd)
  5. Richard Walker 46 (1x2nd, 0x3rd)
  6. Colin Deakin 47
  7. Alan Watkinson 48

12 races were sailed.