Over the weekend Birkenhead skippers contended with rain showers, sleet, snow, gusting winds and a general battle of the elements in the first IOM Ranking Races of the season. Results show that a long winter series of close racing has kept our members at the top end of the fleet and we look forward to the next Ranking weekend at Castle Semple, Scotland on the 5th and 6th of May.
1. Colin Smith, 15 pts
2. Jim Findlay, 19
3. Dave Wayt, 24
4. Dave Williams, 28
5. Colin Galvin, 33
6. Vernon Gee, 33
7. Ernie Rice, 45
8. George Laverick, 107
Tomorrow is the first club Marblehead race of the year.
This weekend is the first IOM Ranking Race of the year with Birkenhead members looking to perform strongly against a world class field. Follow the weekend’s results on the Midlands District Website.
A reminder that the following Saturday 10/3/12 is our lake clean up day from 10am.
Round 5 of the Northern District Winter Series was held in mostly light fickle winds with the breeze only settling down for the final four races late in the afternoon. Visiting skippers were welcomed from both the Midlands and South East Districts, making a total of 18 boats for the day. With a high quality fleet comprising of 7 GBR representatives of last year’s IOM World Championship. After some tight racing in trying conditions, Birkenhead skippers filled the top three placings, with Tony Edwards of the Midlands proving the best of the visitors in fourth place.
Attentions will now be focused on the to the first National Ranking Races for 2012 next weekend at Bartley Green in the West Midlands, where many ND skippers will hope to take advantage of lessons learned through what has proven to be a very tight series in the North.
Congratulations go to John Tushingham for a thoroughly deserved ND Winter Series win for 2011/12 and to all skippers who supported the series.
|2.||22||Martin Roberts||Birkenhead||Lintel MMX||24|
|5.||25||Rob Walsh||Fleetwood||Lintel MMX||59|
|8.||98||Darin Ballington||Manor Park||BritPOP!||63|
|10.||11||Dave Stewart||Ashton Quays||Widget||87|
|16.||74||John Fozard||Ashton Quays||Pikanto||150|
|17.||71||Graham Marsh||Ashton Quays||Gadget||150|
PRO Bill Culshaw kept racing moving at a cracking pace for the final race of the Birkenhead IOM Winter Series. A light NW breeze flowed down the middle of the lake for 16 skippers including guest Ken Binks from the Eastbourne club. Graham Elliott set the pace for the majority of the day and suffered finally through having to leave a couple of races short at the end. Brad Gibson took out the final race, making a clean sweep of the Winter Series but was pushed hard by Martin Roberts throughout the day.
1. Brad Gibson, 19
2. Martin Roberts, 25
3. Graham Elliott, 26
4. Dave Potter, 26
5. Victoria McNulty, 45
6. Ken Binks*, 51
7. Mick Chamberlain, 53
8. Rob Walsh, 57
9. Colin Smith, 72
10. Neil Westbrook, 91
11. Ernie Rice, 95
12. Lisa Reeves, 97
13. Dave Williams, 99
14. Jim Findlay, 105
15. Dave Wayt, 121
16. Roy Washbrook, 122
PRO – Bill Culshaw