IOM Club Series #12 5/10/19

A good breeze of mid to top end No 1 strength from the clubhouse greeted the 11 sailors as they arrived for this weeks IOM Club racing.  Thanks to John Brierley a good Windward/Leeward course was setup using the whole of the lake and racing got underway soon after 13:00.  Getting a good start and managing the large shifts was critical to success as being in the wrong place could easily see you sink or swim.

The day saw some very close racing at times with the occasional race winner getting well away at the start, never to be seen again by the chasing pack.  There were a total five different race winners during the day, with Brad, Peter and Bill each taking three, Martin having two and Neil one.  Consistency and plenty of top three places  was key to coming out top.  This meant that Brad Gibson (Red Wine) took the award as “Mr Consistency”, with only two results from the 12 races out of the top 3 and the overall win.  Peter Baldwin  (Lintel MMX) was second and John Brierley (Britpop) third with another consistent set of results without having any race wins. A great afternoons sailing with thanks once again to Bernie and “Tea Boy” Jack for running the racing.

The final results were:

  1. Brad Gibson                 2           19pts
  2. Peter Baldwin            63          25pts
  3. John Brierley              84          33pts
  4. Bill Culshaw                21          35pts
  5. Martin Roberts          56          51pts
  6. Neil Westbrook          03          57pts  1x1st
  7. Alan Watkinson         23          57pts
  8. John Berry                    12           70pts
  9. Chris Chatfield             7            78pts
  10. Lawrence Drennan   57           88pts
  11. Dave Williams            33            93pts

Winter Series 2019/2020 for IOM and RG65/DF65

The dates for this years Winter Series have now been published in the 2019 Calendar.

This year there will be a series of 8 afternoons of racing for IOM’s starting on the 9th November.  This follows the Strebor IOM meeting which takes place on the 26th October (Start time 10:00).  In addition, there is also the Xmas Race on 14th December which will this year again be raced in the IOM class (Start Time 10:30)

Due to the success of the RG65/DF65 race days over the Summer, it has been decided that there will also be some events for these classes.  The first of these will take place on Saturday 26th October.

With the reduced light conditions during the Winter, each race day will start at 12:00 rather than the summer time of 13:00, in the hope that this will allow a good number of races to be run before the light goes. No race will start after 16:00.

As a final reminder, the last two afternoons in the Summer Series of IOM racing take place on Saturday the 5th and 19th October.  The last in the series has been changed from 12th October due to a clash with other events.

DragonForce Autumn Series #1 2/10/19

Yet another extremely light wind day. This started off with tea and coffee while we waited for the promised wind to arrive.
We welcomed Sally back to sail after her long layoff due to injury, unfortunately she was only able to stay for a few races due to a prior arrangement.
Ernie set a shortened course at the top end of the lake and kept a sharp eye on the start line with a few boats being called over.  The racing was tight at the top with John and Kris sharing first and seconds throughout with Andrew and Neil managing a race win a piece.
10 races were held with eleven skippers taking part.
  1.       John Brierley           12pts
  2.       Kris Morrow            13pts
  3.       Andrew Peter          31 pts
  4.       Bernie McNulty      35 pts
  5.       Neil Westbrook       36 pts
  6.       Dave Williams         37pts
  7.       Richard Robinson  46 pts
  8.       Richard Walker       51 pts
  9.       Colin Deakin            69 pts
  10.       Dave Halstead         77 pts
  11.       Sally  Collings          82 pts

RG65/DF65 Race #5 28/9/19

A wet and windy day greeted competitors for the last RG65 series race.  Four Pocket Rockets and one DF65 sailed the same course this week with the wind coming out of the Top left hand corner. Seven races were completed by the tea break with everyone in B Rigs, when Neil had to leave early and then 3 more were sailed after tea in A Rigs to complete the day.

Racing was very close with Dave showing good speed to register 3 wins with John taking out the other races.  Alan with a new conventional A rig he has made,was also showing good speed on the race course.

With the 10 races completed an extended final race was held for a bit of fun, with the only DF 65 sailed by Andrew leading for most of the race only to be pipped at the post by the RG65 of John.

Thanks go again to Bernie and Jack for running the races on such a wet afternoon.

1st John Brierley          9pts
2nd Dave Williams    15pts
3rd Alan Watkinson  20pts
4th Neil Westbrook   29pts

Andrew Peter                27pts

Series results are available on the Current Standings page

DragonForce Summer Series #13 25/09/19

Today was the last day of the Summer DF65 Series and had a record turnout of 13 sailors and a visitor from West Kirby tagging along at the back for practice.  The wind was straight down the pond from the WNW and even the sun came out to suggest that it was still summer.  With everyone in A+ rigs, getting off the start line cleanly was critical with this number of boats about and the close racing was clearly demonstrated with 5 different race winners during the ten races held.  After some congestion at the finish line in race 1, the course was extended by an additional 15 metres to try and spread the fleet out more.  This did help, but there was still some close finishes in many races.  John took the day with 4 wins, with Peter second and 2 wins, then Andrew finishing off the podium in third, also gaining two wins.  Our visitor from West Kirby enjoyed himself so much that he promised to join the club and also equip himself with an A+.  We look forward to seeing him on the water again.  Many thanks to Ernie for running the races again – his help was invaluable with so many boats sailing.

  1. John Brierley                84      16 pts
  2. Peter Baldwin               63      20 pts
  3. Andrew Peter              919       30 pts
  4. Neil Westbrook             03       32 pts
  5. Kris Morrow                   94      36 pts
  6. Bernie McNulty             81       40 pts
  7. Alan Watkinson            373     45 pts
  8. Derek Matthews             57      53 pts
  9. Dave Williams                233     54 pts
  10. Richard Robinson           01      58 pts
  11. Colin Deakin                     93      69 pts
  12. Richard Walker                39     84 pts
  13. David Halstead               855    91 pts

10 races sailed

IOM Club Series #11 21/9/19

Wind hard top suit from the Club house, with quite a few cartwheels in the gusts  downwind.

  1. Martin Roberts       56            10pts
  2. Bill Culshaw             21            20pts
  3. Neil Westbrook       03           31pts  1 x 1st
  4. Andrew Peter           66           31pts
  5. Dave Williams          33           57pts

After 12 races Martin had 10 wins, Bill one and Neil one

Thanks to Bernie for running the racing once again.