IOM Club Championship 4, 26/5/12

A gusty 10-15 knot Easterly wind tested skippers with B rigs and large wind shifts. Racing at the front end was extremely close between the top 5 skippers with 4 different heat winners.

1. Brad Gibson,   13 pts
2. Rob Walsh,   14
3. Richard Hamspon,   23
4. Martin Roberts,   27
5. Victoria McNulty,   27
6. Bill Culshaw,   49
7. Dave Burke,   50
8. Jim Findlay,   61
9. Vernon Gee,   68
10. David Catherall,   80
11. Dave Wayt,   85

Next week sees Birkenhead skippers trekking south to Two Islands, Milton Keynes for the IOM National Championships with a 77 boat boat fleet.
Results will be posted on the official event website HERE.

Open 800 Racing 2, 26/5/12

Our second open day for small boats was held in warm sunny conditions with a gusting wind testing everyone. Some close racing was held over a half lake course with races shared evenly amongst both the Micro Magic and modified Victoria class yachts.

The next open day will be on 23/6/12.

1. Victoria McNulty, Micro Magic,   15 pts
2. Terry Roberts, Victoria,   19
3. #21, Victoria,   19
4. #00, Victoria,   19
5. Zak Roberts, Micro Magic,   22
6. Bernie McNulty, Micro Magic,   23
7. Jim Findlay, Micro Magic,   31
8. #J-10, Victoria,   33
9. Martin Roberts,   50

8 races

RM Hamburg Cup 19/5/12

A very light and fickle ENE wind made the conditions tough for the 8 skippers competing. The fleet welcomed another converted IOM skipper to RMs for the first time with Richard Hampson having a good first up day in second place after some close races at the front with Brad, Vernon and Jim.

1. Brad Gibson,   6 pts
2. Richard Hampson,   12
3. Vernon Gee,   15
4. Jim Findlay,   25
5. Colin Galvin,   26
6. Ernie Rice,   32
7. Dave Wayt,   33
8. Andrew Benson,   47

8 races, 2 discards

IOM Club Championship 3, 12/5/12

Round 3 of the IOM Club Championship was sailed in a lovely NW breeze from 8-12 knots. Some close racing throughout the fleet with newer members showing solid improvements gained from competing in recent ranking races. Also a mention to Andrew Benson, our youngest club members who had some very solid placings throughout the day.

1. Brad Gibson,   9 pts
2. Darin Ballington,   13
3. Richard Hampson,   21
4. Dave Burke,   32
5. Dave Wayt,   38
6. Jim Findlay,   51
7. Ernie Rice,   53
8. Andrew Benson,   58
9. Colin Galvin,   67
10. David Catherall,   109

RM Hornby Cup, 28/4/12

The Hornby Cup for Radio Marbleheads had 11 skippers in total with some very close racing had in the gusty NE conditions. Setting a true course with a long beating leg was tricky at times, but there was enough shifting in the wind to reward those who worked had for it. It was great to see relative RM newcomers Bill Culshaw and Jim Findlay scoring low scores, along with the re-emergence of World Champion Martin Roberts sailing #55 joining in from race 6 onwards. With the prospect of a couple more boats joining us soon, the RMs at Birkenhead are strengthening once again, come and join us.

1. Brad Gibson,   8 pts
2. Bill Culshaw,   20
3. Jim Findlay,   27
4. Dave Wayt,   33
5. Vernon Gee,   40
6. Dave Williams,   45
7. Ernie Rice,   47
8. Martin Roberts,   50
9. Charles Lyth,   65
10. Colin Galvin,   88
11. George Laverick,   91