After driving through floods and arriving in torrential rain, the Marblehead skippers probably didn’t hold out any great hopes for the day ahead, but as the first race started, the sky cleared and the wind filled in straight down the lake ensuring a terrific day of close racing.
Early front runner was Martin Roberts with various boats having their moments, but by lunchtime Darin Ballington and Colin Walton from Manor Park, and Graham Elliott from the home club had also established themselves at the top end of the leader board.
After lunch Darin started to claw back Martin’s early lead and after 13 races it was all square.
The final race was to be a shoot out to determine the overall winner and with that, the fleet hit the start line as one, bang on the hooter, with Martin tucked under Darin’s lee bow .
With both the light and wind fading Martin used all his local experience to grind out the win to take the event overall.
Next year the club is intending to hold open Marblehead racing at West Kirby so keep an eye on our website for dates. All welcome.
- Martin Roberts 18 Pts
- Darin Ballington 21
- Graham Elliott 33
- Colin Walton 54
- Bill Culshaw 67
- Alan Watkinson 70
- Peter Baldwin 82
- Roger Lincoln 84
- Mike Parkington 97
- Derek Priestley 99
14 races sailed
The lake is now confirmed as ice free, so all is looking good for the Marblehead Open Event this Saturday with sunny intervals and light showers forecast for the day with a moderate North Westerly wind (ie. straight down the lake, our favoured direction).
The following entries are confirmed, but anyone is welcome to turn up and pay on the day.
As of Tuesday lunchtime, the lake is frozen over.
The forecast over the next few days is for considerably warmer weather, but it is looking increasingly unlikely that the lake will be clear for Wednesday sailing.
Watch this space for any updates.
Wednesday 9am there is still ice on the lake and will be no racing today.
Thursday – lake is now ICE FREE
The Marblehead “Santa Dash” Open Meeting takes place on 16th December this year.
Briefing will be at 10.15am, first race at 10.30am and no race will start after 4pm (or darkness whichever arrives first)
Tea and coffee will be available at the club, but bring your own food for lunch.
Please enter in advance if possible by sending an email to Graham Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org
As usual, spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in attending.
Despite the weather forecast of snow and ice it was good to see 16 sailors turn up at the lake for the “Popup” Open.
They were greeted with flat calm, followed not much later by a hailstorm, but fortunately after that the wind filled in from the end of the lake allowing racing to start. By the second race, a squally shower ran through causing many of the fleet to go running for their “B” rigs – only to see the wind drop slightly for race 3.
This was a pattern that repeated itself throughout the day until racing was finally concluded with both wind and light fading.
Current RG65 National Champion Graham Elliott sailing another borrowed boat managed to win overall, although he didn’t have it all his own way, winning ‘only’ 3 of the 8 races sailed.
Roger Lincoln headed up the Dragonforce fleet in a very tight finish which required a countback on places to confirm the win.
As usual, huge thanks to Bernie for officiating in the cold, and to Joyce for supplying us with hot drinks in the breaks, and many thanks to John Brierley for organising and promoting the event and providing the prizes.
- Graham Elliott 10 Pts
- Mike Parkington 15
- Dave Potter 16
- Martin Roberts 21
- Roy Stevens 26
- Sue Parkington 28
- Derek Priestley 29
- John Brierley 32
- Roger Lincoln 52 (1st DF65)
- Andrew Peter 52 (2nd DF65)
- Chris Chatfield 58 (3rd DF65)
- Ernie Rice 63 (4th DF65)
- Dave Williams 65 (5th DF65)
- Alan Watkinson 68 (6th DF65)
- Garry Benson 74 (7th DF65)
- Sally Collings 76 (8th DF65)
An excellent turnout of 13 skippers saw some fiercely fought racing at the start of the Dragonforce Winter Series.
The weather was surprisingly mild, although the wind coming generally from over the clubhouse with several 360 degree shifts thrown in proved interesting!
- John Brierley 25 Pts
- Andrew Peter 33
- Roger Lincoln 34
- Ernie Rice 36
- Dave Williams 44
- Alan Watkinson 47
- Richard Walker 60 (1 first)
- Colin Deakin 60 (0 firsts)
- Sally Collings 65
- Colin Stanley 75
- Dave Pickup 85
- Derek Mathews 91
- Malcolm Pritchard 95
12 races sailed