A course was set up by Neil Westbrook to run from the far bank to maximise the use of what limited breeze existed. The attached results do reflect the actual performances on the day, although it was an organisational nightmare (aptly as this was #13 in the series?) for Neil as the OD and responsible person for the day. It proved to be a difficult day to score as the Race Sheet had a number of people arriving late and others leaving early, some of which had not registered their intention to participate. It was relatively easy though to determine the top 3 places, with Richard Robinson taking a good win from Neil Westbrook in second and Mike de St Paer in third.
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Overall Results after 10 races
- Richard Robinson 1 9pts
- Neil Westbrook 3 19pts
- Mike de St Paer 35 32pts
- Richard Walker 39 35pts 1 win
- Paul Little 45 35pts 0 wins
- John Carlin 11 41pts
- Matthew Stephenson 28 49pts
- Charles Legg 21 59pts
- Don MacKinnon 933 65pts
- Sally Collings 829 69pts
- Zoe Matthews 60 70pts
- Stan Metcalf 46 74pts
- Chris Weston 194 104pts
12 skippers turned out for our annual Christmas race, this race normally attracts quite a few visitors, but for the obvious reasons, we ran with a limited entry of 13 for 2020.
The wind was kind to us and decided to blow straight down the middle from the top end, the strength was slap bang in the middle of ‘A’ rig and ‘B’ rig and after Peter had laid the course, the racing commenced at 11am under the guidance of Jack and Bernie, with the fleet split on choice of rig, it was decided to run 2 races and then have a 5 minute rig change break. It was the ‘A’ rig that proved to be the correct choice in the first 2 races and by the start of race 3 everyone had there ‘A’ rigs on, except for Andrew who had unfortunately broke his ‘A’ rig jib boom so was going to sail in ‘B’ rig until winch problems caused him to retire for the day. At least it gave him the opportunity to take a few photos – thanks Andrew
It was extremely close sailing throughout the fleet with many finishes seeing as many as 4 boats crossing in a blanket finish, shifts that were both frustrating and elevating to all gave us some close sailing. Paul Allen showed the fleet the way by taking 7 wins on the trot before tiring in the final 3 races of the day, not surprising really after 4 Scotch eggs and 2 sandwiches for his lunch. Does that counts as 6 substantial meals in the eyes of some? John Brierley finally found his form after lunch with 3 seconds and a first after a poor first session for him.
After 12 races the light began to fade and it was decided to bring a halt to proceedings at 3.20, after de-rigging we held our ‘Secret Santa’ prizegiving with some beautifully wrapped presents of all sizes and shapes, mine is now under the tree until Christmas day or the dog eats it, whichever comes first. Race wins went to Paul Allen, Martin Roberts, John Brierley and Bill Culshaw.
Many thanks to Jack and Bernie once again, much appreciated by all.
- Paul Allen 27 britpop 13pts 8 wins
- Martin Roberts 94 Slim Chine 26pts 1 win
- Graham Elliott 27 Widget 32pts
- John Brierley 84 britpop 33pts 2 wins
- Graham Birkett 133 Widget 51pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel MMX 53pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 britpop 55pts 1 win
- Lawrence Drennan 57 britpop 58pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 Widget 86pts
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 103pts
- Matt Stephenson 61 Widget 105pts
- Andrew Peter 66 V9 127pts
After 12 races and two discards
There were 12 entries and one OOD turned up to race this week, with a south west to west wind forecast at 7-9 mph.
However, on arrival at the lake we were faced with no wind at all. A course was set allowing us to go either way up or down the lake and after waiting for the wind to appear a light variable wind started up.
We only managed 4 races of one lap each until it was decided to give up in frustration after one and a half hours racing.
The final scores after one discard were:
- JOHN BRIERLEY 84 5PTS
- NEIL WESTBROOK 03 6PTS
- JOHN CARLIN 11 9PTS
- MIKE DE ST PAER 35 12PTS
- RICHARD ROBINSON 01 16PTS 1X3RD
- CHARLES LEGG 21 16PTS 1X4TH 1X5TH
- SALLY COLLINGS 829 16PTS 1X4TH 1X6TH
- RICHARD WALKER 39 19PTS
- DEREK MATTHEWS 57 20PTS
- CHRIS WESTON 194 25PTS
- PAUL LITTLE 26 26PTS 1X6TH
- DON MACKINNON 93 26PTS 1X8TH
Many thanks to Stan Metcalfe for being OOD for the racing.
The first afternoon’s racing after the end of Lockdown 2 was for the IOM and 7 skippers turned out on what was a dry and sunny afternoon (for a change) albeit with little wind. What breeze there was, proved challenging for both the course setter and the sailors alike. As the wind was mostly across the lake from the NNE a figure of 8 course (a la Uncle Derek according to one member) which gave a variety of windward, leeward and reaching legs with most races of only one lap duration to avoid the fleet getting too split up. A couple of 2 lap races were completed later before the wind died away again for the last race, giving only 8 races completed by 3:30.
The afternoon belonged to Martin in his Slimchine taking 3 of the 8 wins with John Brierley and Bill Culshaw taking two apiece and Peter Baldwin one. It was good to get out on the water again after 5 weeks, although hopefully we will see more breeze next week for the IOM Xmas Race (with a full entry of 13 boats) when the first race starts at 11:00. The next IOM Winter Series Race is on 2nd January – start time 12:00.
- Martin Roberts 22 slim chine 9pts 3 wins
- John Brierley 84 britpop 11pts 2 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 britpop 15pts 2 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel mmx 16pts 1 win
- Neil Westbrook 03 Widget 28pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 britpop 29pts
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 39pts
Thanks once again to Bernie and Jack for running the racing for us.
Once again this year the Birkenhead Xmas race will be sailed in IOM’s. There will be no entry fee, but everyone who enters should bring a wrapped gift (no bottles please) with a minimum value of £5. These will be used as a “Secret Santa” gift for everyone sailing and will be randomly presented at the end of sailing. It is intended that any prize-giving will be held outdoors if at all possible. If the weather precludes this, then it will be held as a socially distanced event inside with everyone wearing a face covering. After a short briefing, the first race is scheduled to start at 11:00.
The clubhouse will be open for use of the toilets, but not for socialising, boat rigging and preparation. The galley will not be open and please wear a face covering when inside the clubhouse.
In the hope that racing at the club can re-start on Saturday 5th December, Graham Elliott has planned two Winter Series to take place between 5th December and 3rd April. There will be separate series for IOM’s and RG65 plus DF65 boats (who will sail together on a similar course). There are 8 events in each series and overall results will be based upon a boats best 5 races. Please be aware that if the MYA is unable to confirm that Radio Sailing can restart by the 5th December, IOM Winter Series #1 will have to be cancelled.
Each of the events will start at 12:00 and racing will continue until the light fails or 15:45, whichever occurs first. Booking will be via the Calendar or the home page links and limited at this stage to 13 boats, but increased if the MYA guidance allows it. Please cancel any booking you make, should you be unable to make it, so that someone is able to take your place as we anticipate all places to be filled each week.