This Saturday was race 3 of the lockdown 6 boat bubble . Instead of the predicted 2nd suit breeze the fleet was to sail in a very light to mid range A suit breeze, sort of from the top end of the lake, with a change on almost every leg of the course all afternoon. Bill came out with the race 1 win with Brad 2nd. 4 races were sailed before our drinks break and Grahams 3 course meal. Along with his big boots it would cost him dear later in the day. Brad had 2 wins and 2 seconds to take a grip on the afternoon. Martin got his first win of the lockdown.
After the break, Brad held his form with 2 more wins and 2 seconds, the last coming from a great recovery. Graham had a 2 and 3 but but races 7 and 8 may be deleted from his note book. Bill came back strong with a 2, 4, 3 in the last 3 races to take 3rd place from Graham. Peter came good in the better breeze in race 7 with a 3rd. Martin converted his good starts in race 7 & 8 into race wins, Race 8 had a blanket finish. We had a beer or fanta and a debrief after a hard afternoons racing. Overall results after 8 races:
- Brad Gibson 2 8pts
- Martin Roberts 55 11pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 17pts (1 win)
- Graham Elliott 27 17pts (0 win)
- Peter Baldwin 63 26pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 37pts
Following on from our trial social racing, the committee have agreed to a further 6 events, keeping the number of participating skippers to a maximum of 6 (unless the guidelines change during the period covered).
All participation will be by pre-entry to Graham Elliott – email is on the Contacts page.
JULY 11th RG65
JULY 18th IOM
JULY 25th IOM
AUG 1st RG65
AUG 8th IOM
AUG 15th IOM ALL 2pm START
Please email Graham with your order of preferred dates, he will then sort out the fleet for each date which will then be posted on the website giving everyone a fair chance of sailing. Please do not just turn up and expect to sail as you will be turned away if 6 skippers are already present.
The 6 sailors for the first DF65 Social racing event are:
Mike de St Paer
Neil Westbrook will open up as keyholder.
There will be additional events on Wednesday 8th and 15th July. Please email Andrew Peter if you wish to sail on either of these days.
This second social racing day continued on the same lines as week one two weeks earlier. Only 6 helms turned up to rig their boats outside the clubhouse ready for a 2pm start. Marks were set out for a beat diagonally across the lake, with a last minute change to place the start line at the clubhouse rather than the far end as the wind seemed to be favouring more West of South than East.
Unfortunately, by the time racing started, the wind was almost straight over the houses, leading to a breeze that was both changeable in direction and gusty, but everyone started easily in a No1 rig. Lawrence was struggling with his transmitter and so the first race started without him. John set out his stall for the day and won that race although everyone was within 20m of each other at the end of the race. Lawrence was unable to fix his transmitter problem and so kindly offered to run the racing for everyone for the rest of the afternoon. A further four races were sailed before a short break for a drink and catch up outside and John won a further 2 of these races, with wins for Bill and Peter, just to mix things up. By the break it was looking as if we may need to change down as some large gusts (accompanied by a few spots of rain) were causing a loss of control on the downwind legs, but after the break the wind had steadied again and so everyone remained in No 1 rigs.
A further four races were sailed after the break with Bill winning the first one and then John taking the remaining three. Overall a reasonable afternoons sailing considering the wind direction, with close racing a lot of the time and very little rain, compared with the forecast. John easily won the afternoon, with Peter second and Bill third.
- John Brierley 84 8pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 14pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 20pts
- Graham Birkett 133 24pts
- Andrew Peter 66 26pts
9 races sailed. Many thanks to Lawrence Drennan for running the afternoons racing.
The next Social racing is on Saturday 4th July starting at 2pm. This event has reached the 6 sailor capacity, but additional dates for future weeks will be announced soon.
There will be two more “Social Racing” afternoons for a maximum of 6 sailors at Birkenhead on Saturday 27th June and Saturday 4th July. The start time for both days will be 2pm and finish by 4:30. The clubhouse will only be available to access the toilets and all racing will have to conform with applicable social distancing rules.
The updated (as of 2/7/20) lists of sailors for each afternoon are:
27th June. 2pm
4th July. 2pm
Reserves for 4th July are …… Neil Westbrook
If you wish to take part in future events or go on the reserve lists, please contact Graham Elliott. The club will continue to monitor the situation and will expand the numbers racing if the government guidelines change to allow this.
A fantastic day for weather and sailing, the wind blew from the ESE (down the lake from Gautby Road) with a strength of 5-10 knots. This was the first club race with this wind direction since full tree removal and it was very different sailing than we had all got used to when the trees would deflect the wind. The shifts were still predictably unpredictable though and a challenge to all.
To stay within the Covid 19 guidelines the clubhouse was only open for the toilet and only 6 skippers allowed to sail. We did agree to allow skippers to walk the bank for racing as long as social distancing was observed by all, and it was.
We had a 2.30pm start, which will be changed to 2pm for the next race and we managed 8 races with a quick 10 minute break in the middle. The racing was extremely competitive, as always at Birkenhead, and walking the bank did help to make it competitive. It was Martin Roberts sailing his Widget who led the field at tea break, with no actual race win but a very consistent set of results. After the break it was Bill Culshaw (Britpop), Brad Gibson (Red Wine) and Graham Elliott (Widget) who began the slow process of overhauling Martin, although as usual no easy task here. Mention must also go to Andrew Peter (Vickers) who sailed extremely well and led the fleet to the windward mark in several races and gaining a 2nd place in the last race.
Race winners for the day were, Peter Baldwin (Lintel MMX), Brad Gibson and Graham Elliott.
Any club sailors that wish to sail their IOM over the next 2 weekends, please drop an email to Graham (email@example.com).
This was an afternoon of informal racing, but we did keep the scores and the final results ended up as follows after 8 races and two discards:
- Graham Elliott 27 10pts
- Brad Gibson 2 13pts
- Martin Roberts 55 16pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 17pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 21pts
- Andrew Peter 66 27pts