RG65 TT Round 3

A good entry of 19 boats of which there were 7 different designs competing for round 3 of the RG65 TT at Birkenhead, where we were met with blue skies and a decent breeze of 6 to 8 knots straight down the lake, with all skippers opting for their number 1 rigs to start the days sailing.
We sailed 4 races before a quick cup of tea/coffee (and a piece of cake) with no one skipper quick out of the blocks. Martin Roberts did take 2 out of the first 4 but also scored heavily in the other 2 sailing a borrowed Scram for the day. Eight races were sailed before lunch and still no one skipper dominated with 5 different race winners and only a few points separating the top 5 boats it was obvious that consistency was going to win the day.
After lunch with the breeze building and skippers going down a rig at some point during the next four races, it was tight to the finish, finally after 17 races it was Martin Roberts who ground out the win on his maiden venture with an RG65 and gave the lad a smile from ear to ear.
We had two lady helms competing at this event, both enjoyed the champagne sailing with Liz Tushingham finishing in a well placed 7th and Susan Parkington 13th.
Thanks must go to  Judith Baldwin, Bernie, Neil and Chris Westbrook for their help and not forgetting John Brierley for supplying the scones and Bara brith to have with our tea.
There are a few more photographs in the Gallery.
Click on the image to expand

DragonForce Spring Series #5 1/5/19

After the high winds of the weekend, we were greeted with an almost calm lake with just a slight amount at the top end, nevertheless seven hardy skippers took to the water under the watchful eyes of Sally and Ernie keeping strict control, 8 races were held with John taking all but one race.

1st.    John Brierley             6pts
2nd.  Dave Williams          15pts
3rd.   Neil Westbrook        19pts
4th.   Derek Matthews      24 pts. 1 x 2nd
5th.   Andrew Peter            24pts. 0 x 2nd
6th.   Alan Watkinson       25pts
7th.   Richard Walker         32pts

DF TT Round 6 (DF95) Sunday 28th April

Well that was a different day, there was a whole 40 mph less breeze today which made the racing almost like…well…racing! A big fleet of thirty boats gathered on the start and raced as a well behaved single fleet which made your start absolutely crucial and made or messed your race before you got up the first beat.

IMG_6577

Things started as they finished yesterday with Tushy taking the first two races before getting  mauled up the first beat in the third race which gave him his worst result of the day with an 18th. Race three also saw Yukio take his maiden win with the DF95, a stylish win for sure.

Tushy took race 4, 6 and 8, Pete Baldwin race 5, 7 and 10 . Mike Weston, sailing for a change took race 9 to his great delight! Tushy took 11 with Derek winning his only race with race 12, after that it was Tush all the way apart from 15 where he had issues!

As you’d imagine there were a good number of incidents throughout the day and turns were duly completed by the offenders which made the sailing good spirited throughout the fleet. As the day went on the weather got better and better with most people peeling off layers of clothing throughout the day.

Tushy of course won the day, 20 points ahead of a consistent Peter Baldwin with Derek in third spot three points back on 49. Buzz finished fourth with Tim Long in fifth spot after a testing mid morning session. Commodore John Brierley rounded out the top six.

Report courtesy Tim Long from the DFRacing website Results page

Full Results below, click on the image to expand.

DF TT Round 5 (DF65) Saturday 27th April

Overnight saw N. Wales battered by 80 mph gusts which made the drive up to the Wirral pretty interesting to saw the least and on arrival at the club there was certainly some breeze with waves breaking over the clubhouse end of the pond.

So, C rig equipped we took to the water after a quick briefing from Mr Martin Roberts, our PRO for the day. Seeding races were held with club commodore John Brierley and Wayne Stobbs taking the wins. It was soon decided that we could probably rattle some races off better if we sailed as a single fleet which was how the day went from race two onwards. Liz Tushingham beat Wayne to the win in that race with John Tush in third.

John took the next two with John B taking the second spots and Buzz and Yukio taking the third spots. Race 5 saw local skipper Andrew Peter take the win from Liz and Jim La Roche.

It seemed that the trick was to get a good first beat, get round the top mark in good order and then try as hard as you could not to fall over down the run….this sounds super easy but trust me it wasn’t, even the pointy end skippers were having to concentrate a little bit today!

Race 6 was John T, John B and Buzzzzz, with John T taking 7 and 8 as well. 9 was John B with Tim Long second and Mick C third. ten to 16 were pretty much a clean sweep fro John T with Derek and Liz stealing a win apiece from him.

At the final reckoning it was John T taking a convincing win from John B by 21 points with Buzz a further 25 adrift of JB.  A mere 4 points separated third to sixth, with Liz in fourth, Wayne in fifth and Derek in sixth spot.

Report courtesy of Tim Long.  Click on the results image to enlarge

 

Vane 36 Nationals


1 Shaun Wyeth 83%
2 Peter Hopkins 76%
3 Peter Stollery  71%
4Chris Harris      70%
5 Lewis Wyeth   60%
5 Graham Wyeth 60%
7 Derek Priestley 58%
8 Rob Vice         56%
9Peter Whiteside  51%
10 Martin Roberts 48%
11 Oliver Stollery  46%
12 Graham Reeves 45%
13 Zak Roberts 32%
13 Graham Elliott 32%
15  Dave Geldard 29 %
16  Mike Parkington 18%
17 Andy Fernie     17%
A selection of photos taken during Saturday is now available in the Gallery Section of the Birkenhead website.