After a short delay (and a hot drink) due to a heavy shower passing through, sailing got underway by 11:15 with the majority of the fleet opting to sail in A+ rigs. There were a few strong gusts that caused the boats with A+ rigs to nose dive, but most survived unscathed. The day was setting up to be a close battle between John and Peter, but John had to retire from racing during race 6, leaving Peter with a clutch of 4 wins and the overall win. Neil picked up 2 in his A rig, with Dave W, Alan and Andrew all getting single race wins. The final placings after 10 races were:
- Peter Baldwin 63 15pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 22pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 27pts
- Andrew Peter 919 28 pts
- John Brierley 84 36 pts (1x1st and 4x2nd)
- Dave Williams 233 36pts (1x1st and 1x2nd)
- Derek Matthews 57 40pts
- Dave Pickup 86 49pts
Thanks once again to Ernie and Sally for running the races and the scoring for the day.
Eight hardy souls ventured out in the rain for this weeks IOM club series, with those travelling from the Manchester area spending 20 minutes longer than usual in their cars due to holiday traffic. Racing got underway after a short delay to set out course marks in the light (4 to 8 knot) WNW breeze.
Alan set the early pace and had a good clear win by the end of race 1. John then took Race 2, with Steve taking Race 3 having led from the start. Being in the right place on the start line was critical to be in the breeze, as it could be patchy across the course area. Peter found the right place in Race 4 and led this race from start to finish, with Neil doing much the same in Race 5. John then found his form (and the wind) to win 4 out of the last 5 races, with Alan taking another win in Race 9.
John in a Britpop took the day easily, having finished in the top 3 in each of the 10 races, Neil was pleased to get his Widget going to finish 2nd, four points ahead of Peter sailing a Lintel MMX in 3rd. Thanks go to Bernie and Dave for running the 10 races today on a wet (very wet at times) Saturday afternoon and Joyce for making the welcome warm drinks during the break from racing.
- John Brierley 84 11 pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 27 pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 31 pts
- Andrew Peter 66 32 pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 34 pts
- John Berry 12 35 pts
- Steve Toulson 86 37 pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 43 pts
Next IOM racing is on Saturday 24th August
Another tricky day with the wind not doing the same as the forecast and switching direction several times during this mornings session. There were 14 boats this week with most of the regulars (one of the highest turnouts recently) and another potential new member Dave who had travelled over an hour to sail with us and gain some guidance. Peter took some of the early wins, but then had some difficult races including getting caught up on on mark for over a minute. This left an opening for John who had the best of the later races from the 8 that were sailed. In all there were 5 different race winners and John took the day by one point from Peter, who only beat Neil to second on countback due to his higher number of firsts.
- John Brierley 84 14 pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 15 pts 3x1st
- Neil Westbrook 03 15 pts 1x1st
- Kris Morrow 94 21 pts
- Derek Matthews 57 25 pts
- Dave Williams 233 26 pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 35 pts
- Colin Deakin 93 36 pts
- Andrew Peter 919 41 pts
- Richard Walker 39 44 pts
- Dave Pickup 86 49 pts
- Chris Morrow 194 62 pts
- Bob Davies 72 76 pts
- David Halstead 855 81 pts
The second day of the Nationals was sailed in much lighter winds from the SSW ranging between 5 and 10 knots on average. The control area was therefore shifted to the main promenade. There was a delay to the start of racing due to an outstanding protest from Race 8A on Day 1 being heard before racing started. However, after having a minimal break for lunch, 7 additional races were completed by the ultimate 17:30 cut-off time. Prize-giving took place in the WKSC clubhouse with a welcome speech from the Club Commodore Jean-Louis Simons and a short thank you to the volunteers from Birkenhead Commodore John Brierley.
The final podium was:
- Brad Gibson Grunge 31 pts
- Graham Bantock Quark 52 pts
- Martin Roberts Starkers Squared 59 pts
The Classic M Trophy (first registration of a boat prior to 2009) was won by Andrea Roberts and the TOT’s Trophy (Team of Three) by Brad Gibson, James Edwards and Mike Parkington.
There are photos in the Gallery from Day 2 courtesy of Mike Parkington and a set of 65 from Andrew Peter.
Check out the HD Drone footage of 4 different A heat races taken by Henning Faas on the MYA Youtube Marblehead Racing Playlist.
Eight Races were completed in 2 heats, with 14 to 20 knots of breeze from the West veering round to WNW.
The were a good number of breakages and failing gear leading to a reduced size B fleet. Some boats had to stay on shore due to not having C2 and C3 rigs for their boats.
Winds are forecast to be lighter for tomorrow at 11 to 14 knots.
Here are the provisional results to the end of the day, subject to a protest which is due to be heard before racing on Day 2.
A small selection of photos from Day 1 courtesy of Alan Watkinson are available in the Gallery