There was an excellent turnout of 18 boats at this the third of the Winter IOM series at Birkenhead. Everyone was treated to a new view as they looked across the lake from the southern shoreline as shown in the photo above. The trees all along the Northern edge have been cut down over the last week and the factory units are clearly visible again. This brought back memories of the lakeside and the surrounding areas from years ago for some long standing members!
With a breeze from the South as we started, a course was set with two beats across the lake and a long reach back to one end of the start line. Although there was a good 6 to 8 knot breeze blowing whilst the course was being setup, this seemed to disappear during the early races with boats getting stuck in significant holes whilst boats behind caught up with them on a light breeze from a different direction. By the lunch break, the wind seemed to have moved to a more westerly direction and so marks were moved around so that races could be run in the opposite direction.
Racing was mostly very tight between the top four or five boats with places often only decided in the last few meters to the finish line. Occasionally, a boat would get a good breeze off the start line and have a commanding lead by the first mark and then keep or even extend this lead by the finish. By the end of the day, conditions had become very difficult at times with significant gusts causing boats to lose control if you were in the wrong place on the course when the gust hit. Everyone seemed happy to finish at race 10 with the conditions as they were.
Graham Elliott made the best of the conditions with his Britpop, taking the day by winning seven out of the ten races. Brad Gibson sailing his Red Wine was second with a consistent set of results including one first, that very rarely saw him out of second place. John Brierley in a Britpop rounded out the podium in third place and another win, with Peter Baldwin taking the other win in his Lintel MMX.
Thanks once again must go to Bernie and Jack for running the racing and Joyce for providing a hot cuppa at break time.
- Graham Elliott 9 9pts
- Brad Gibson 2 17pts
- John Brierley 84 27pts
- David Potter 20 32pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 34pts
- Martin Roberts 55 37pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 53pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 60pts
- John Berry 112 73pts
- Howard Garner 67 74pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 77pts
- Chris Chatfield 7 80pts
- Vicky Gibson 62 89pts
- John Pemerton 114 106pts
- Charles Legg 25 110pts
- Dave Williams 33 117pts
- Ray Woods 51 122pts
- Mike Williamson 43 133pts
Ten races sailed. The next event in the IOM Winter series is on Saturday 25th January.
A new year, the start of a new series and a new look to Birkenhead’s lake, for the 10 DF65s today. Warm and overcast with light winds was the order of the day, with some very close racing, which was reflected in the final scores.
The battle at the pointy end of the fleet was one between John, Neil, Alan and Richard.
John and Neil tied on 16 points with John breaking the tie with 5 firsts to Neil’s 3. The third and fourth places were even closer with both Alan and Richard tied with one first each and requiring the number of seconds to split the tie in Alan’s favour. Dave Williams, after using his discards with servo damage, then put some solid races together to finish 5th. These One Design boats are certainly providing close racing!
With ALL the trees now removed from around the lake, the club starts a new season with enhanced sailing conditions.
- John Brierley 16pts 5 x 1sts
- Neil Westbrook 16pts 3 x 1sts
- Alan Watkinson 29pts 1 x 1st, 3 x 2nds
- Richard Robinson 29pts 1 x 1st, 1 x 2nds
- Dave Williams 36pts
- Mike St Paer 41pts
- John Carling 45pts
- Dave Pickup 49pts
- Richard Walker 54pts
- Chris Weston 69pts
10 races sailed.
Once again big thanks to Ernie for keeping us all in check.
Next Saturday is the third of the IOM winter series, start time 12:00. Wind looks to be from the Gautby Road End, so do come and see how the conditions have improved with the trees no longer there.
A nice 6 to 8 knots straight down the lake from the clubhouse greeted the 10 sailors today for the second of the RG65 & DF65 Winter Series. There were four visitors (only 3 sailing) from Gresford who helped swell the DF65 fleet to 5 and five club Pocket Rocket’s competing in the RG65 section. Racing got underway very shortly after 12:00 with a Windward/Leeward course and separate windward marks for each fleet, well set-out by John Brierley.
In the DF65 fleet, Richard Robinson had the best day winning eight of the eleven races, with visitor David Bradley pushing him hard later in the day for two wins and the final win taken by Andrew Peter, before he had to leave early. As the light faded Richard was a clear winner on 10 points, David second on 19 and Bob Andrews (Gresford) in third, only three points ahead of Russel Owens (Gresford), who improved markedly during the day to be one of the top three at the end.
The RG65 fleet ended up being a two way fight for the top spot between Peter Baldwin and John Brierley, although both Neil Westbrook and Alan Watkinson also had spells at the front of the fleet during many of the races. At the end, Peter scraped the overall win with six firsts to John’s five, having overtaken John in the last race just30 metres to the line. A day of very close racing much of the time, with no clear indication of the “right way” up the beat and lots of guessing going on which sometimes paid off. A day that ended with only a light 3 knot breeze when a light keel seemed to pay off.
Thanks once again to Bernie for running the racing today – the last racing at Birkenhead in 2019. See you in 2020 on January 8th (DF65) or 11th (IOM)
- Richard Robinson 01 10pts
- David Bradley 98 19pts
- Rob Andrews 835 30pts
- Russel Owens 903 33pts
- Andrew Peter 919 38pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 12pts
- John Brierley 84 13pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 26pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 33pts
- David Williams 33 41pts
Lynn and I would like to wish all our members and sailing friends a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
We thank you for your support over the past year and look forward to seeing old and new friends at Birkenhead in 2020.
The second round of the RG65/DF65 Winter series takes place on Saturday 21st December with a start time of 12:00. Both classes will start on the same line, with the DF65 sailing to a separate windward mark at a reduced distance compared to the RG65. Results will be calculated as two separate fleets.
This is a series open to all sailors in the Northern District and visitors are always welcome.