DF65 Social Racing #28 (24/11/21)

A very light wind caused our OD Neil to set a course of a single lap using half the lake. James found the tricky wind conditions to his liking and put in four firsts and three seconds. The hard luck of the day was for Don MacKinnon who’s servo packed up before the first race. After a replacement was found he came in with a second place. Thanks again to Neil for his OD patience, putting on 9 races.

  1. James Douglas           10 pts (4 firsts)
  2. Richard Robinson     15 pts (3 firsts)
  3. John Carlin                  25 pts.(1 first)
  4. Derek Matthews       29 pts
  5. Mike de St Paer          31 pts
  6. David Williams          33 pts
  7. Simon Bates                39 pts (1 win)
  8. Richard Walker          51 pts
  9. Stan Metcalf                53 pts 1 x 2nd
  10. Charles Legg                53 pts 0 x 2nd
  11. Sally Collings               70 pts
  12. Don Mackinnon          74 pts
  13. Paul Little                      76 pts

AGM this Saturday

Just a reminder that the AGM for Birkenhead RS & PC is this Saturday starting at 13:00 and will be held at:

Royal Mersey Yacht Club, Bedford Road East, Rock Ferry CH42 1LS

All members are welcome to attend and your committee hopes to see you there.  The bar should be open and there will be tea, coffee and cakes/biscuits available as refreshments.

DF65 Social Racing #27 (17/11/21)

A brisk WNW breeze, blustery but dry, saw 16 sailors arrive for another well attended and exciting mid-week DF65 race. ‘A’ Rigs were in order, to contend with some big gusts to start the day, moderating slightly then steadying for the final two lap race,with 10 races completed overall. Don MacKinnon did us proud as self- elected Race Officer for the day, and as the scores show, it was a very closely contested day’s racing, which is proving to be the case for most Wednesday races, as the skill levels of newer members improve.

Birkenhead Radio Sailing Club was also well represented at the national DF65 & DF95 TT circuit event at West Lancs YC in Southport last weekend, with 9 BRSC members competing at the event, fielding more members than any other MYA Club for the final event of the year, with 3 BRSC members finishing in the Top Ten overall results for 2021. Full results are available at https://dfracinguk.com/

Today’s Results

  1. John Brierley              84    12 pts 4 wins
  2. Mike de St Paer         35     21 pts 3 wins
  3. John Carlin                  11      34 pts 1 win
  4. Neil Westbrook         03     35 pts
  5. Andrew Peter             19     36 pts 1 win
  6. James Douglas           73     40 pts
  7. Simon Bates               69     41 pts 1 win
  8. Alan Watkinson     373      48 pts
  9. Dave Williams        233      52 pts
  10. Richard Walker        39      79 pts
  11. Stan Metcalfe           46      85 pts
  12. Paul Little                  45      88 pts
  13. Sally Collings         829      93 pts
  14. Paul Whalley             53     111 pts
  15. Malcolm Harvey  1019     115 pts

DF65 Social Racing #26 (10/11/21)

Eight DF65 sailors arrived to sail in light drizzle and next to no wind. After deciding there were enough takers the OD Mike de St Paer set a short windward leeward course using some of the marks from Saturday’s IOM event, (but not necessarily in the right order).

The breeze filled in just enough to get the boats moving, and with finding the wind and avoiding the holes the racing was surprisingly close with much place swapping.

Richard Robinson was the man to catch, with five wins from eight races. Enthusiasm waned at race eight and it was agreed to call it a day after a challenging couple of hours racing.

  1. Richard Robinson   7 points (5 wins)
  2. Don MacKinnon     13 points (2 Wins)
  3. Richard Walker      25 points
  4. Derek Mathews      34 points (1 win)
  5. David Williams       35 points
  6. Charles Legg            36 points
  7. Alan Watkinson      39 points
  8. Paul Little                  44 points

Strebor IOM Race & ND Championships 2021 – Report and Results

Saturday 6th November saw 14 skippers from 5 different clubs competing for The Strebor Trophy and Northern District Championships, the 14 skippers also included 3 IOM World Champions.
The wind direction for the day was not the most favourable, a South West direction with massive holes and gusts to contend with but ‘A’ rig was definitely still the choice of rig for the whole day.
Peter Baldwin kindly wore the waders to set the buoys with a windward, leeward gate course and plenty of bias on the startline and the leeward gate The first five races were dominated by Rob Walsh and Brad Gibson, with them taking the top two positions in each race, something that never happened for the following 11 races. After completing 16 races, we had 5 different race winners, a bit of rain, a bit of sun, plenty of wipeout gusts but most importantly 14 smiling faces.
It was good to see our visitors and mention must be made to Peter Walters who had travelled the furthest from Lincoln to launch his new Venti design. In the end it was Brad Gibson that took the win on countback from Rob Walsh with Darin Ballington rounding off the podium, all sailing the BritPOP! design. Then in 4th was Graham Elliott sailing his Widget design and 5th was Martin Roberts sailing his Vanilla design.
Much thanks must go to Bernie and Dave Williams for starting us, Jack who stood outside all day finishing us at the age of 92, Judith for scoring us and Joyce for the refreshments.
The next ‘Open’ event at Birkenhead is our much loved Xmas race on Saturday 18th December, entries are now open for this by clicking here or following the links on the home page.
Photo’s are from our photographer on the day – Dave Williams.  Compare the image at the start of the report taken when we started with that below from  the middle part of the day when the gusts were at their strongest.  All of the photo’s from the day are held on our Flikr acount here.