After a week with winds from most points of the compass, it was good to see a return to a decent 5 to 8 knot WNW breeze down the lake again and sunshine for the first couple of hours to give some “champagne sailing”.
Racing got underway soon after 1:30, catching out some sailors who hadn’t spotted the change of start time. John Brierley started well to pick up the first race win, with Bill Culshaw taking the win in Race 2. John then took three of the next four races, with only Martin Roberts spoiling his run in Race 4, before he had to retire in Race 6 with gear failure when his winch support bracket failed, ending his day.
After a short break, Bill picked up another couple of wins and was more consistent than John, who had two further wins, but got on the wrong side of some Birkenhead shifts and had to use a couple of his results as discards. Graham Birkett and Peter Baldwin also had a win each in the second session, with some very close finishes for the top three boats in many races.
In the end, the final result after 12 races may have come down to some bad luck for Bill as he picked up a carrier bag in Race 10 and had to retire whilst vying for the lead in that race, which John went on to win. A great afternoons racing thanks to Bernie and Jack for running things for us again.
- John Brierley 84 22pts 6wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 26pts 3wins
- Graham Birkett 133 34pts 1 win
- Peter Baldwin 63 36pts 1win
- Alan Watkinson 23 40pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 50pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 51pts
- Martin Roberts 22 68pts 1 win
Next week (15/8/20) will be another IOM afternoon starting at 1:30. Please let Graham Elliott know if you would like to join in the fun.
Six skippers this week were again treated to a predominantly NNW breeze and not too strong for top suits. As it was straight down the lake from the far end, the course did not need changing from last week. Some close racing throughout the small fleet with one boat occasionally getting clear, but very often the first three places were swapping up to the finish line. Brad Gibson started the day with a first, but then John Brierley had a string of three before Brad picked up another one. Peter Baldwin opted to sail with a conventional lower aspect A rig expecting that the breeze was going to get up, but was rarely lucky enough for the other boats to struggle downwind but having led for a good part of Race 6, picked up a second.
After a short break and a few changes of rigs and equipment through the fleet, Graham Elliott had better boat speed and comfortably won race 7 (he hadn’t changed anything, just ate some food). After this Brad won a further three races (with a shorter and so called “reject” fin from the manufacturer!) and John only one. Dave Williams was unlucky in Race 9, picking up a second after leading for the whole race until the short beat to the finish. Thanks again to Bernie and Jack for running the races again for us.
- Brad Gibson Electronica 9 14pts 5 wins
- John Brierley Uno 84 16pts 5 wins
- Graham Elliott Argon 55 22pts 1 win
- Peter Baldwin Pocket Rocket 63 33pts
- Dave Williams Pocket Rocket 33 34pts
- Alan Watkinson Scurry 23 51 pts
11 races sailed
Next week is IOM Social Racing #6 start time 13:30
A light to mid Top suit breeze which blew pretty straight down the lake was the treat for the small but select group of 5 sailors for Social Racing #5 in the IOM. Racing was close all afternoon until the very last race when Brad managed to pull away from the fleet early on and had a good lead on the chasing pack by the end. Wins were spread through most of the fleet, with Brad taking the lions share of 6 and never far from the front runners in all other races. Martin and John had two wins apiece and Peter took one early win when the breeze was a little stronger. Graham struggled for speed early in the afternoon, but ended the day much nearer the front of the fleet, just missing out on the elusive win in Race 10. Eleven races were sailed at a good pace by 16:45 after the 14:00 start. Brad easily gained the podium spot, with Martin and John tied on an equal set of results (after discards) and so the result went down to the final race where Martin finished ahead of John. Thanks to Bernie and Jack for running the racing once again.
Next week (1st August) is RG65 Social racing #2 with a revised start time of 13:30, which will be the new Saturday start time until further notice.
Another excellent afternoon sailing for the IOM with the maximum number of only 6 boats permitted at the moment. Ten races were sailed with race wins shared between Martin, John and Bill. The wind was out of the top right hand corner with the new growth of trees causing interesting wind patterns .
Six races were sailed before a short break and with one discard applied Bill had a narrow lead. Graham with his Widget and Alan in a Britpop were putting in good scores along with Lawrence having a few near misses on the finishing line.
Four more races were sailed after the break with John missing race 7 repairing his boat and Martin took full advantage to narrowly win that race from Bill. John came back to win races 8 and 9 but it was Martins experience that took race 10 and the overall win. Only two points separated the top three at the end. Alan came back well after the break with 3 thirds but again 4th and 5th were also separated by one point. Some close racing throughout the fleet.
Thanks to Bernie and Jack for running the afternoon. It felt like old times with Jack back.
- Martin Roberts Widget 14pts 4 wins
- John Brierley Britpop 15pts 4 wins
- Bill Culshaw Britpop 16pts 2 wins
- Graham Birkett Widget 31pts
- Alan Watkinson Britpop 32pts
- Lawrence Drennan Britpop 43pts
10 races sailed
Five RG65 skippers were treated to a super sunny afternoon sail in a decent top suit breeze of 6 to 10 knots with a few stronger gusts from the NNW. John Brierley set out his stall for the afternoon winning four of the first 6 races before there was a short break for drinks, with Neil Westbrook and and Peter Baldwin taking the other two wins. After initial problems with a wayward receiver and missing the first race, Dave Williams was loaned a replacement and went well to gain a second in race 2.
After the break, John continued his wining ways with another two and a further one each for Neil and Peter. Alan Watkinson came good in the very last race, gaining a second after some early problems with rig selection and setup. This gave John the overall win after 10 races, with Peter second and Neil third. Many thanks to Bernie for acting as RO and scorer for the afternoon.
- John Brierley 84 Uno 10pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 Pocket Rocket 16pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 Pocket Rocket 19pts
- David Williams 33 Pocket Rocket 28pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Scurry 32pts
Next week (18/7/20) continues with IOM Social Racing #4; if you are interested in joining in, please contact Graham Elliott to be added to the list. Further events listed on the 2020 Calendar.
The 2020 Calendar has been updated with the Social racing dates through to the 15th August. Please check the website regularly for any changes to the maximum numbers that are allowed to sail as this may change over the coming weeks. If you wish to sail on any of the forthcoming weeks, please contact Graham Elliott so that you can be added to the reserve lists at this stage and then you will be automatically added to those sailing, when numbers increase.