This weekend, all eyes turn to Rogoznica, Croatia where the IOM European Championships are being held from 8th to 13th April. Anyone wanting to follow the progress of our local sailors can do so on the event website at http://www.iomec2018.com/
For those not fortunate enough to be in Croatia, Fleetwood MYPBC are holding their Mayoral Cup Open meeting for IOMs on Sunday 8th April – full details on the Fleetwood Website
This coming Easter Weekend sees the start of our IOM series on Saturday 31st March (10 days in series, 6 best to count). A reminder that this year this is an Open Series and members from other MYA Clubs are welcome to attend (£2 on the day). Racing starts at 13.00 prompt.
For those with RG65s and DF65s, our friends at Fleetwood have announced a pop-up Open Event on Easter Monday starting at 09.45 Full details are available on the Fleetwood Website
All winter series racing has now come to a close and spring is in the air!
Well it did not feel like spring for the last race of the DF65 winter series at West Lancs SC, Southport last Sunday. Very cold but as in the previous races well attended by Birkenhead Club members. The series started in early January with barmy light winds and sunshine and finished in March in sub zero conditions and winds that blew dogs of the quay side.
Club members who attended all or parts of the series were Alan Watkinson, Dave Williams, Andrew Peter, Dave Pickup, Roger Lincoln and John Brierley. All agreed an excellent series which ran on alternate weekends along with our IOM Winter series at Gautby Rd.
Overall John Brierley won the event and Alan Watkinson was 4th
Attention now turns to the IOM ranking event at Lincoln this weekend with a good turn out of club members already on the entry list.
This coming weekend sees the final race in our highly successful Winter IOM Series with the final result still very finely in the balance. 26 different competitors have taken part and any of the top 6 look to be possible winners.
On 17th March the main season starts with the first day of the DF65/RG65 series (See Calendar for full details). Sailing starts at 11.00 and last race will start before 16.45
A reminder that this is an Open Series, so competitors from other clubs are welcome (entry £2 on the day). Four days in total with the best 3 to count towards the final result.
RG65s and DF65s will race together over the same course, but the DF65s will be scored separately, so it doesn’t matter if you have the latest RG65 design or a MK1 Dragonforce, you can win!
IOM and M series races start on 31st March and 12th May respectively and again these will be Open races with the M Class sailing at West Kirby Marine Lake.
We are also delighted to be hosting the DF65 Northern District Championships on Saturday September 15th and holding an RG65 Traveller Series Open the following week.
As the 2017 season draws to a close, we can safely say that competitive racing is continuing to thrive at Birkenhead and our skippers continue to achieve fantastic results at open events.
Proof of this is the ACERSAIL statistics collated by John Smith at Gosport MYBC.
The 2017 results again show Birkenhead RS&PC at the top of the “league” and improving on our 2016 score (when we were also top).
The only area we lag ever so slightly on is our number of members entering open events, so if you haven’t tried visiting another club’s event, this coming year could be the time to do it – judging by the results of the members that do travel, you might be pleasantly surprised.
If you aren’t already a member of the club, feel free to come along for a chat and watch us on any of our racing days (see calendar)
From the Acersail Home Page:
What is ACERSAIL?
ACERSAIL is the acronym for the MYA Radio League (Affiliated Clubs Encouraging Radio SAILing). It’s principal objective is to further clubs’ enthusiasm for open racing and to encourage club members to enter Open events, both at their Home Water and at Away events in support for their club.
A reminder that annual subscriptions are due.
At the AGM the members decided to leave fees unchanged for the coming year although the MYA has increased it’s affiliation fee from £10 to £14
The full schedule of club fees/locker fees is available on the fees page of the website.
MYA fees must be received by 1st January, so if you wish to enter any MYA affiliated events it is essential that your payment is received immediately.