The forecast this week looked to be a promising A Rig breeze from the WSW and so should have given the 12 sailors a good Windward Leeward course along the South bank. Those sailors who put their boats on the water before the 11am start time indicated that the A rig was probably best as there were a number of strong gusts powering down the lake. By the time the first race started however, it was becoming clear that an A+ rig would have been a better choice as the breeze slowly dropped in strength and backed towards the SW by the end of racing, leading to plenty of frustrated sailors trying to find the wind.
John was fast out of the blocks, winning the first race. In race two, Ernie called two boats OCS, leaving Andrew to get well clear for his first of two wins on the day. John then took a convincing lead and a win in race 3 after rounding the windward mark in a breeze that carried him down the run whilst everyone else sat and waited for the next gust at the windward mark. Peter then got into a groove and took four out of the next five races, with only Andrew spoiling his run of form with a second win in Race 7.
After eight races the fleet decided to call it a day, with only an occasional breeze seen across the lake and rather different to the 12 gusting 26 knot forecast. Thanks once again to Ernie for running this weeks racing.
- Peter Baldwin 63 8pts
- John Brierley 84 11pts
- Andrew Peter 19 14pts
- Richard Robinson 01 21pts
- Dave Williams 233 31pts
- Alan Watkinson 233 32pts
- Mike St Paer 35 39pts
- Sally Collings 829W 43pts 2x4th
- Richard Walker 39 43pts 1x4th
- John Carlin 11 44pts
- Dave Pickup 86 47pts
- Chris Weston 829B 61pts
8 races sailed
Light winds and heavy mist met the 9 DF65 sailors for the third of the Winter series at Birkenhead today. Race Officer Ernie used most of the length of the lake for the windward /leeward course in variable strength wind.
There were 5 race winners in the 10 races, with new member Mike recording 2 of them. Both Neil and Alan were also putting in good results but Johns consistency gave him a narrow win. Dave, who always says he does not like light airs, posted a win and other competitive scores.
Chris had his new “Everton” blue boat on the water and now we wait for Sally to get a “Liverpool”red boat to continue the local rivalry!
The racing is becoming extremely close in these one design boats and they provide a great introduction to the sport of Radio Sailing.
- John Brierley 84 16pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 19pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 20pts
- Dave Williams 233 24pts
- Mike St Paer 35 27pts
- John Carlin 11 44pts
- Sally Collings 829 49pts
- Charles Legg 21 57pts
- Chris Weston 194 62pts
10 races sailed. Thanks again to Ernie for running the racing.
Along with the New Year New Look to the lake, the website has had a bit of a makeover. The Classes menu item has now been moved to the Information section and the menu “Current Standings” has been renamed as Results. This menu now has past Open meeting Reports and Results added to it as a page of links, in the hope that it is easier to locate past information.
Peter Baldwin 20/1/20
After last weeks IOM racing all of the marks needed repositioning to get a decent course for this weeks racing with a decent A rig (RG65) and A+ rig breeze from the WNW. Racing started very soon after 12:00 with the four RG65’s sailing 10 metres further up the lake than the seven DF65’s (including four visitors from Gresford).
In the RG65 fleet of Pocket Rockets, Alan Watkinson used his tall A conventional rig to good effect and took wins in the first two races. Peter Baldwin then got into a groove and won the next 5, before a break for lunch and a hot drink. Suitably refreshed after lunch, Neil Westbrook took 2 wins from the next three races and Alan had a further win, before Peter took the final two races, with the wind by now easing a few knots as the sun went down.
Andrew Peter had a commanding day in the DF65 fleet, winning eleven out of the twelve races. Only John Carlin managed to keep him from the podium, before he had to retire with some winch troubles. David Bradley and Bob Andrews from Gresford both came close to beating Andrew in a number of races, with the result only being decided in the last few metres to the line.
An excellent day of 12 races with close racing in both fleets. Thanks once again to Jack and Bernie for running our racing and making drinks at lunchtime. Our visitors from Gresford enjoyed the “Birkenhead Experience” and have promised to return for the final event in this Winter series, which takes place on Saturday 15th February.
- Peter Baldwin 63 13pts 7 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 19pts 2 wins
- Alan Watkinson 23 26pts 3 wins
- Dave Williams 33 31pts
- Andrew Peter 919 10pts 11wins
- David Bradley 98 23pts
- Rob Andrews 835 35pts
- Charles Legg 13 41pts
- Keith Pizzey 517 44pts
- Russell Owens 903 55pts
- John Carlin 11 60pts 1 win
12 races sailed
Sailing this week was conducted from the North bank due to the SSW breeze giving little breeze close to the South shoreline. A course was set using existing marks and a new start line. Initially this gave something approaching a beat to the first mark , but as the day progressed the wind cane more often from the SW and increased in strength changing it into a fetch or even a reach. This increase in strength gave some tricky conditions for everyone that was in their A+ rigs, where it became essential to keep the boat moving and anticipate the gusts, lulls and change in direction. After 10 races, John won out again to finish ahead of Peter, as even though they both had 4 wins, John had the better consistency and was rarely placed out of the top 3. Richard Robinson took the other two wins and this helped him into a well deserved third place.
Thanks must once again go to Ernie for running this weeks racing. There is racing for the RG65 and DF65 fleets this Saturday (18th January) starting at 12:00. Everyone welcome.
- John Brierley 84 13pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 20pts
- Richard Robinson 01 27pts
- Andrew Peter 919 31pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 38pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 39pts
- Dave Pickup 86 52pts
- Dave Williams 233 53pts
- Richard Walker 39 58pts
- Sally Colllings 829 65pts
- John Carling 11 70pts
- Don MacKinnon 933 89pts
- Chris Weston 194 93pts