IOM Veterans National Championship, 7-8/7/12

The 2012 UK IOM Veterans Championships were held under mostly sunny skies for this 2 day event. Saturday’s racing was in a light A rig SE breeze with the full length of the lake used and skippers getting plenty of exercise. At the front of the fleet Mick Chamberlain and Mark Dennis were putting in low scoring results which at days end had them clear of 3rd place. Throughout the fleet there were some very close races with consistency proving difficult for some in the shifting winds.

Sunday dawned with a light NW breeze that threatened to build to B suit at times before fading late in the day. Once again the full length of the lake was used for a true sailing test. Mark Dennis continued to chip away with some solid results which was enough for him to take out the Championship. Big mover of the day was Colin Smith after a long layoff who moved from 10th place over night to a comfortable 3rd place overall. Other skippers to shine throughout the day were Mick Chamberlain, Clive Hand, Ernie Rice, Noel Donaldson, David Alston and Bill Culshaw with high place finishes. At 3.45pm and the unlikelyhood of another full round, racing was completed and the prizegiving held in the Clubhouse. PRO Brad Gibson thanked and commended all skippers on their sportsmanship and conduct making his job an easy one.

Along with prizes awarded to the top 5 place, the following awards were also presented:
Sportsman – Brian Quinn
Top Observer – David Alston
Most Races Sailed – Don Charlesworth

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A big thank you to the Birkenhead team who assisted in the running of the event:
Victoria McNulty, Lisa Reeves, Bernie McNulty, Graham Elliott, Dave Burke,
Stan Baker, Neil Westbrook, Rona Galvin and Joyce Roberts.
A special mention to our course lad Andrew Benson who worked constantly to keep the course clear and the marks in the right place.
PRO Brad Gibson

RM Alpha Cup, 30/6/12

A big thank you to the club members who turned for our second Clean Up of the year in preparation for next weekends IOM National Veterans Championship.

RM racing took place with 10 boats in a tricky SW breeze which made the going tough for competitors. The wind was gusting anywhere between light A rig to hard C rig and Martin Roberts showed a return to form with a solid performance.

1. Martin Roberts,   12 pts
2. Brad Gibson,   19
3. Richard Hampson,   23
4. Vernon Gee,   31
5. Jim Findlay,   32
6. Bill Culshaw,   40
7. Victoria McNulty,   46
8. Ernie Rice,   50
9. Colin Galvin,   71
10. George Laverick,   78

10 Rater Ranking, 16/6/12

A fleet of 7 boats competed for the Northern District 10 Rater Ranking event held in gusty conditions from the SW. After 16 races, a count back down to 3rd placings gave Brad the narrowest of wins over Vernon Gee who was consistent over the full day with his Trident design 10 Rater.
Thanks go to Victoria, Bernie and Andrew for running the days racing.

IOM Club Championship 5, 9/6/12

Round 5 of the IOM Club Championship was held in a gusting NW breeze with B suits used. Once again there was some tight racing at the top and some other close finishes between all skippers down the fleet.

1. Brad Gibson,   11 pts
2. Graham Elliott,   13
3. Darin Ballington,   23
4. Victoria McNulty,   25
5. Paul Stubbs,   41
6. Bill Culshaw,   50
7. Dave Burke,   51
8. Roy Washbrook,   65
9. Dave Williams,   68
10. Lisa Reeves,   73
11. Colin Galvin,   73
12. Dave Pickup,   86
13. Vernon Gee,   90

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.