DragonForce Winter Series #9 4/3/20

With a gentle breeze from the ESE/SE Neil opted to set a long course on the Northern side of the lake where there was a better breeze. With Ernie in charge as RO again, racing got underway promptly at 11:00 with 12 skippers all in A+ rigs.  Three different skippers took the first three races, with John B, followed by Peter and then Alan.  New to the DF65 David P joined us in Race 4 and promptly won four of the next six races, with only Peter and Alan managing to take the other two wins from him.  He then had to leave  before the last race and this left the way clear for Alan to take the last win in the 2 lap final race.  We also saw another new skipper (Tony Marsden from West Kirby) join us for a few races today.

After ten races, first place came down to breaking a tie based upon first places which Alan took with 3 wins to Peters 2, with John B in third.  Thanks to Ernie for acting as RO and scoring every race.

  1. Alan Watkinson           373         18pts  3 wins
  2. Peter Baldwin                  63        18pts  2 wins
  3. John Brierley                    84       24pts
  4. Richard Robinson          01        36pts
  5. Neil Westbrook               03        38pts
  6. David Potter                  946        46pts
  7. Mike St Paer                     35        48pts
  8. Sally Collings                 829       56pts  1x2nd
  9. Andrew Peter                 919        56pts  0x2nd
  10. John Carlin                        11         60pts
  11. Dave Williams                233       67pts
  12. Charles Legg                      21       86pts
  13. Don MacKinnon              933     89pts
  14. Tony Marsden                  947    103pts

DragonForce Winter Series #8 26/2/20

This week there was a good 10 to 15 knots with estimated 20 knot gusts passing through occasionally and 13 boats taking to the water.  The rig of choice was “B” this week which proved to be the best for the conditions, coping well for the average wind and on the point of being overpowered in the gusts both upwind and down.  Unfortunately one newcomer to the fleet didn’t have a  rig smaller than A and so had to sit out the morning vowing to get some additional rigs for the future.

John showed his capability in coping with the conditions rarely succumbing to the gusts downwind and having a boat setup that also made good speed upwind.  He took the lions share of 7 wins today, with only Peter (two) and Dave Williams (one) stopping him making a clean sweep.  John ended up a clear winner overall, with Peter in second.  They were both well ahead on points of Alan (third), Neil (fourth) and Richard Robinson (fifth) in a tight bunch with only five points separating them.  Once again we have to thank Ernie for running the racing in what was a cool westerly breeze.

  1. John Brierley             84     9pts
  2. Peter Baldwin            63    15pts
  3. Alan Watkinson      373    34pts
  4. Neil Westbrook          03   35pts
  5. Richard Robinson     01    39pts
  6. Richard Walker          39    51pts
  7. Dave Williams          233    52pts
  8. Andrew Peter               19    56pts
  9. Sally Collings            129    60pts
  10. John Carlin                   11     63pts
  11. Mike St Paer                35     65pts
  12. Chris Weston             194    85pts
  13. Don MacKinnon         33    86pts

10 races sailed

IOM Winter 2019 #6 22/2/20

Twelve boats arrived for the 6th IOM Winter Race with the chosen rig being B today.  The wind at times was very strong at times but the competitors still enjoyed twelve races.
Wins were shared among the fleet,  but Martin Roberts’ three wins in only five completed races was outstanding and Bill Culshaws late charge, after winning the opening race, of two more wins at the end moved him into third place.
At the pointy end of the fleet it was the “two heavy weights” of Graham Elliott and Brad Gibson, who fought for the overall win with Graham securing the top spot.
The biggest smile today came from Alan Watkinson who gained a well fought win in race 7 and a 2nd in race 8.
The conditions did take its toll with Damian Ackroyd breaking his B rig jib boom and sailing in C rig for the rest of the day and Dave Burke suffering breakage that forced an early retirement.

Big thanks goes to our race team of Bernie and Jack, assisted today by the eagle eye of Dave Williams not letting any sailors jump the start line.

  1. Graham Elliott              27              23pts     2 wins
  2. Brad Gibson                     2               25pts     2 wins
  3. Bill Culshaw                    21              32pts     3 wins
  4. John Brierley                  84              37pts     1 win
  5. Alan Watkinson            23               45pts     1 win
  6. Lawrence Drennan      57               70pts
  7. Dave Burke                      30               72pts
  8. Andrew Peter                 66               73pts
  9. Damian Ackroyd          101              75pts
  10. Martin Roberts              55              78pts    3wins
  11. Chris Chatfield                 7               85pts
  12. Neil  Westbrook             03             127pts

After 12 races

DragonForce Winter Series #7 19/2/20

There was a very light SW backing to S breeze today.  An initial course was initially set along the short bank near to the clubhouse, including a Leeward gate.  However after a few races the breeze settled to be more from the S/SSE and so the course was reset after 5 races to be along the Northern shore.  There were 5 different winners today with Richard taking the lions share with 4, Alan and Peter had two each, with Neil and Sally on one. After ten races the winner was Richard on countback based on his 4 wins, with Peter second and Neil third.  Ernie once again gallantly ran the racing for us in the light and steady rain.

  1. Richard Robinson       01      16 pts    4 wins
  2. Peter Baldwin               63      16 pts    2 wins
  3. Neil Westbrook             03     18 pts
  4. Alan Watkinson           373    27pts
  5. Mike St Paer                    35     43 pts
  6. Dave Williams               233    46pts
  7. John Carlin                       11     57pts
  8. Sally Collings               829    58pts
  9. Richard Walker              39    61pts
  10. Chris Weston                194    62pts
  11. Dave Pickup                    86    68pts
  12. Don MacKinnon          933    76pts

10 races sailed

RG65 & DF65 Winter Series #4 15/02/20

Another week on and another storm in the form of Dennis threatened to batter the boats at this, the last of the RG65/DF65 Winter series.  As it turned out, the club happened to be in a fortunate location with manageable winds and very little rain.  The average direction at the start was SSE and so diagonally across the lake from the clubhouse to the far corner.

Four RG’s and three DF’s were on the start line for the first race after John Brierleys journey from North Wales was blocked by floods and fallen trees and other visitors decided that Dennis was going to cause problems for their journey.  The three DF’s opted for their B rig due to the expected gusts whilst in the RG’s there was a mix of B swings and low aspect A conventional rigs.

Key to getting a good result was keeping the boat moving and being on the right tack for the rapid shifts that occurred.  Boats could be overpowered in a gust one second and sat waiting for the wind the next.  Seven races were completed before tea with some strong gusts causing problems downwind for most boats.  At the break Neil had three wins, with Alan and Peter two apiece in the RG fleet.  Andrew took the lions share of 6 wins in the DF fleet with Richard one, having taken the first.

After the break, the wind initially seemed to have moderated due to the light rain now falling, but the rain soon stopped and the gusts started again, some of which were from a S or SSW direction.  After completing 11 races, the RG wins were shared between Neil (conventional A) with 5, Peter (swing B) with 4 and Alan (conventional A) taking 2 wins. Peter took the day by two points from Neil who had an unfortunate sinking feeling during the last race, with Alan in third.  Andrew comfortably took the overall win in the DF fleet with 10 wins, with John Carlin second after Richard dropped out at race 6.

RG result

  1. Peter Baldwin            63            14pts       4 wins
  2. Neil Westbrook         03            16pts       5 wins
  3. Alan Wilkinson          23            22pts      2 wins
  4. Dave Williams            33            30pts

DF result

  1. Andrew Peter             19             9pts        10 wins
  2. John Carlin                  11            20pts
  3. Richard Robinson     01           26pts         1 win

Next week (22nd February) is round 6 of the IOM Winter series.

DragonForce Winter Series #6 12/2/20

A fresh Westerly breeze and bright sunny sky saw 10 Sailors decide on ‘B’ rigs for the morning’s racing. With Ernie taking a break from Race duties today, each sailor took their turn to act as R.O. for each of the 10 races.

The wind was challenging yet again, with some big gusts and also some holes and wind shifts, just to keep everyone on their toes.

Neil rose to the occasion with 4 wins and 1st overall, followed by Andrew in 2nd and Alan in 3rd. Dave and Richard chased hard for 4th and 5th places, with everyone enjoying the sunshine and lack of rain. A brief respite between storms, as the forecast for this coming Saturday’s RG and DF Racing looks lively. As a reminder racing starts at 12:00 on Saturday.

  1. Neil Westbrook             03       11pts
  2. Andrew Peter                919      16pts
  3. Alan Watkinson           373      19pts
  4. Dave Williams               233     21pts
  5. Richard Robinson          01      25pts
  6. John Carlin                       11       34pts
  7. Richard Walker              39      35pts
  8. Don MacKinnon             33      45pts
  9. Derek Matthews             57      46pts
  10. Chris Weston                  194     56pts