Potential change of event in the Calendar

I am looking at changing the sailing for next Saturday 25th May to be DF/RG65 Summer #3 and swapping the VMYG & Social sailing day to the 1st June.  Please do not book the VMYG/Social Sailing event at this stage.  The swap of event will take place by Tuesday 21st.  The change is being considered as there is an RG65 TT at Keighley on the 1st June which will reduce the turnout for club racing.

Peter Baldwin – Sailing Sec

IOM Summer 2024 #2 – 18/5/24

If you were unable to sail this week, then you missed out on a great sail with a good top suit breeze straight down the lake along with some sun to warm things up as the breeze was a bit cool.

Dave Williams got things started soon after 13:00 after giving Peter some time to get his boat on the water after the obligatory mark moving before we started.  The line had been shortened for the small turnout of only 5 boats this week and proved to have a fair amount of port bias as the line set for the expected NW wind was more WNW or even W at times.  At least we could get across the line on Starboard and there were a few occasions when it was nearly a Starboard end start.

Sailing his Post PUNK design Brad tended to dominate the results with a string of firsts in the first session of 5 races, before we had a slightly early break to allow Peter time to fix a minor electrical problem.  Peter and Bill were usually fighting for second spot, although Alan was often in the mix as well, leading to some very close finishes.  It was good to see Stan out for his first Saturday outing in the Widget and with some helpful setup tips from Brad getting the best from the boat and keeping him in contention.

In the second session, Brad continued to dominate proceedings with faster boat speed on most legs with the only chance of passing him by catching a good shift or a decent gust.  Peter did take one win after a close port/starboard call left Brad feeling that he needed to do a turn allowing Peter enough distance to keep ahead to the finish.

Peter and Bill continued their battle for who took second place, although Alan was always in contention with one second secured in the afternoon session.  Dave kept things moving well all afternoon and with the small fleet and only a few longer breaks for boat tweaking, we finished slightly early  with 12 races completed.  Many thanks to Dave once again for being the RO and keeping the scores plus taking a few photographs, so that you can see what you missed!

  1. Brad Gibson          Post Punk  10pts
  2. Peter Baldwin       Britpop!     21pts
  3. Bill Culshaw          Britpop!     27pts
  4. Alan Watkinson   Britpop!     35pts
  5. Stan Metcalfe       Widget        48pts

DF65 & DF95 Social Racing 2024 – 15/5/24


10 sailors for what was forecast to be a showery morning but ended up totally dry. The wind was nominally from the SE so straight down the lake from the clubhouse end and perfect for A+ rigs. The standard course was used with a windward mark to port, followed by a spreader, down the run to a gate and up to the finish.

Despite what initially appeared to be a reasonably steady and consistent breeze, proved to be anything but, once racing got underway ….. so typical Gautby Rd conditions. Puffs from a more easterly direction lifted those on port tack who had headed to the far bank while those that hit the near bank enjoyed better wind, but a worse direction. With no side proving consistently best it was a coin toss each race as to which way to go.

As the morning progressed, lulls in the wind added to the unpredictability

John had the boat speed to get himself out of trouble most of the time and won with 5 race wins, just narrowly beating Paul with 4 wins. Alan was the only other race winner, as the rest of us played snakes and ladders with the conditions

  1. John Carlin            10 pts 5 wins
  2. Paul Plested          11pts 4 wins
  3. Alan Watkinson   17pts 1 win
  4. Clive Warren         27pts
  5. Andrew Potter      30pts
  6. Richard Walker    38pts
  7. Sally Collings        39pts 1 second
  8. Frans King             39pts
  9. Dave Williams      41pts
  10. Dave Howard        47pts


Another glorious afternoon welcomed the 6 skippers for some social racing. A big welcome to Darren who is a new member and new to sailing and RC sailing, although he has practiced a bit.
The same course as the morning was used and 2 laps were generally set with a couple of exceptions. As is the norm with only a few skippers, self regulation of the starts and first across the finish line records the result. 7 races were sailed.
Darren actually sails a 65 with an A rig but, as this was social sailing, and we’re a social bunch we set a shortened course for him so he could mix it with the big boats and get some valuable experience. So instead of going the full length of the lake from the start he used the outer finishing buoy as his windward mark, before running back down the lake to the gate. This worked well and proved a good handicap
Racing got underway and saw Alan off to a flyer taking the first 2 races, pushed all the way by Clive and Paul. Race 3 and Dave suffered rigging failure before the start and retired from further sailing. The race saw Paul getting into his stride and took the win, Clive second and Darren third. Race 4 and Paul continued his winning ways chased hard by Alan and Frans. Unfortunately Alan had time constraints and had to leave, Paul continued his winning way with his 3rd win in as many races with the ever improving Darren second. The last 2 races were very similar to each other, with the reduced field trying to chase down Darren in the 65, but failing to catch him before the line, another 5 meters and Clive would have had him in race 6 and Paul in race 7. It gave another dimension having the 65 there and I’m sure Darren learnt a lot from the experience.
  1. Paul Plested         10pts  3 wins
  2. Darren                    15pts  2 wins
  3. Clive Warren        15pts
  4. Alan Watkinson  22pts  2wins
  5. Frans King             25pts
  6. Dave Howard        Rtd.

DF95 Summer Series 2024 #2 – 11/5/24

An almost perfect sailing day for the second DF 95 Saturday Summer Series race. Unfortunately, only 8 sailors arrived due to a clash with a sail measuring course at West Kirby and of course the Global DF65 Championship with John Brierley competing, we wish him well.

John Carlin volunteered to set the start line upsetting the fishermen due to walking over their lines but nevertheless he put the start in an excellent position with a good beat down to the windward mark at the Clubhouse end, port to a spreader and then up to a gate past the start line but to one side to avoid the fishing lines then to the finish after two laps in the usual position.

Starting on time Clive took the first race with a comfortable margin followed by John C and Dave W. Race two saw Clive make a rare mistake allowing Dave W to take the win. Clive then got into stride and took the next four races. He did not have his own way with John C, Alan and Neil fighting to beat him.

After a refreshing coffee break for some, Clive faded giving an opening for John C to take the next two races and then the final race to Neil. All the boats were very evenly matched up to the windward mark on the first lap before the leaders started to pull away down wind and then maximise their positions. John B, Dave H and Malcolm were also having good close races with Dave H just picking up sixth due to his third position from John B. Dave W was unfortunate to burn out his steering servo after five races in the top four.

After ten races it was decided to call a halt due to tiredness setting in. Thanks to Malcolm for his score keeping.

  1. Clive Warren         9pts 5 wins
  2. John Carlin           11pts 3 wins
  3. Alan Watkinson  19pts
  4. Neil Westbrook   21pts 1 win
  5. Dave Williams     27pts 1 win
  6. Dave Howard       36pts 1 x 3rd
  7. John Beech            36 pts
  8. Malcolm Harvey 46pts

DF65 & DF95 Social Racing 2024 – 8/5/24


A very select band of just 5 sailors raced today.  This was in part due to a number of regulars being away on holiday but may also have been due to the lack of any sort of breeze up until the normal race start time.  The time was occupied going through some tips and adjustments to A+ rig settings before there was a light WNW to NW breeze by 11:15 and racing could begin.  The marks were used in the current positions and with the small fleet size a single windward and leeward mark was opted for with a finish about a third of the way up the lake.

Clive had a cracking start and took wins in the first two races, with Peter chasing hard, but never managing to break through with Frans and Alan taking the other podium spots.  Peter then took the next three race wins with Clive having to settle for second in a couple with Richard Frans and Alan all fighting for the podium spots.  Clive then had a win in race 6 before Peter had wins in the final two.

From what looked like an unpromising start we fitted in 8 races to finish soon after 12:30 with the boats moving at all times, even though there were some holes in the breeze to catch out the unwary.

  1. Peter Baldwin           63   7pts  5 wins
  2. Clive Warren             53  10pts  3 wins
  3. Richard Walker        39  16pts
  4. Alan Watkinson    373  19pts
  5. Frans King                95  25pts


A lovely afternoon greeted the 6 skippers for the afternoon of 95 sailing, the wind remained similar to the morning predominantly from the north west, but with the normal Gautby Rd shifts and holes to catch all the helms out at some stage. A rigs were the order of the day.
The course remained the same as the morning for the first 4 races, then the finish line was moved to the end of the lake to produce a longer beat to the finish. With the small field self marshalling at the start and first over the finishing line recorded the race result and 8 races were sailed with 2 discards.
The first race saw the only blip on Peters scorecard with Clive taking the honours. Race 2 saw Alan pushing Peter all the way to the line with Frans following his 3rd place in the first race with another. Peter continued to read the shifts better than everyone else and finished with a run of 1st places. The minor places were a closely fought battle with Alan, Frans, Martin and Clive all in the mix, with Clive taking 2nd overall with a consistent set of 2nd places and Frans just piping Alan by a point for 3rd overall.
In summary and enjoyable afternoons racing in the sunshine and light breeze with plenty of tuning tips from Peter along the way.
  1. Peter Baldwin     172   6 pts   7 wins
  2. Clive Warren         93  11 pts   1 win
  3. Frans King             59  19pts
  4. Alan Watkinson   23  20pts  (only 6 races)
  5. Martin W-Jones  77  26pts
  6. Dave Howard        00  28pts

Club sucesses at the IOM Nationals

Congratulations to Brad Gibson who was crowned the 2024 IOM National Champion at the end of the 3 day (and 13 races completed) MYA National Championships hosted by Poole Radio Yacht Club.

Of the other club members participating, Graham Elliott finished in 5th, Andrea Roberts in 18th and Martin in 21st.  Well done everyone – do join us for the next IOM Club racing on Saturday 18th May for some top quality racing along with helpful advice and guidance if required.

The full results are shown below.