Club Successes at the RG65 Nationals

Three sailors from the club entered the RG65 Nationals held this year at Eastbourne & District MYC.  All three ended up in the prizes with Graham Elliott sailing an Electronica first, Peter Baldwin in an Uno fifth and John Brierley also sailing an Uno sixth.

A full report and results for the weekend where 33 races were completed is available on the RG65 UK website as follows:


There is a video compilation of some racing from Saturday and Sunday and a series of photographs all available via links on the RG65 UK Class Association Facebook page.

DF65 Social Racing 2022 #20 (18/5/22)

10 sailors arrived to warm weather and sunshine, but again some very flukey wind conditions at Gautby Road lake.

Sailing skills and tempers were tested as the wind circled round the lake in mostly unpredictable directions, with both lulls and gusts, meaning close attention to the trim of the A+ sail rigs was paramount at all times.

Conditions made for very close racing as the points testify. With thanks to John Carlin and Mike de St Paer for acting as Race Officers, frequently needing eagle eyes to judge the close places at the finish line.

  1. James Douglas    73 17 pts
  2. Andrew Peter    919 21 pts
  3. Alan Watkinson  373 24 pts [ 3 x 1sts ]
  4. Neil Westbrook    03 24 pts [ 2 x 1sts ]
  5. Simon Bates        69 37 pts [ 2 x 2nds ]
  6. Richard Walker    39 37 pts [ 3 x 3rds ]
  7. Dave Williams      33 38 pts
  8. Derek Matthews   57 57 pts
  9. John Beech          80 64 pts
  10. Paul Whalley        53 76 pts

DF65 Social Racing #19 (11/5/22)

Just half a dozen sailors arrived, to be welcomed by a damp morning with almost windless conditions. Not very promising for a days racing, so we decided to just have un-scored social racing session and managed a few single lap races.  Start line and course direction was alternated, as the light winds shifted in a most unpredictable manner, as did the results of each race.

The wind did steady and fill to a fresh westerly towards the end of the morning, which gave us a final two lap race to finish the day.

Member Successes at the IOM Nationals

The 2022 IOM Nationals finished last Monday 2nd May at Castle Semple in Scotland.  Once again, club members were well placed at the event with Graham Elliott in 4th, Andrea Roberts in 9th and Martin Roberts in 10th.  The event was won by local sailor and sailmaker Brad Gibson (with his wife’s Britpop).

2022 UK IOM National Championship at Castle Semple Loch - photo © Sue Brown

Sailing conditions were taxing for both the Race Team and competitors alike, with no single skipper dominating the scoring.

A full report of the event and the scores can be seen in the event report on yachts & Yachting here

More Social (Open) Sailing Afternoon’s

After the very successful first Social (Open) Sailing Saturday afternoon last week, a committee meeting yesterday agreed that all spare Saturday afternoon’s in the Calendar should be filled with Social Sailing sessions.  These have now been added with a total of 7 more planned throughout the Summer, with 3 more over the next 4 weeks starting with Saturday 14th May.

We do hope that you will take the opportunity to come down to the club and enjoy the afternoon.  Take your own boat for a sail, try something new or even bring along a guest to experience the sport.

There is an event page for each day for you to enter if you can, although this is not essential for paying a visit on any day.

RG/DF65 Summer Series 2022 #2 (7/5/22)

What a days sailing today at Birkenhead for the second RG/DF 65 Summer series. Wall to wall sunshine with a steady top suit from the North West (with significant shifts causing a number of snakes and ladder place changes).  With the lake seemingly divided into two wind patterns it was essential to get in the right lane quickly. With just two DF65s, the boats were sailed in some races by young members of Graham Reeves family, and it was good to see there enthusiasm and capabilities.

In the RG class, the racing was being used as a tune up for the National Championships next week in Eastbourne and any small mistakes were certainly pounced upon. In the first race John covering Graham did not focus on Peter who threaded his way through for the win. It was certainly going to be that close all afternoon.

The other races up to the tea break were shared between Martin and Graham and after the break these two had to withdraw for pressing family commitments leaving John to take the afternoon session with 5 of the 6 wins . The racing between the other Unos was very close and great to see Alan having a good first outing with his new boat.  Neil and Charles were also having moments at the sharp end which resulted in a great and close days sailing.

Thanks to Bernie for running the event and Jack for our drinks at the break.

  1. ​John Brierley             84     uno                       18pts   5 wins
  2. Peter Baldwin           63     uno                       21pts    3 wins
  3. Neil Westbrook        03     uno                       38pts
  4. Alan Watkinson        23     scurry                 42pts
  5. Graham Elliott           09    electronica       43pts   3 wins 
  6. Martin Roberts          33    pocket rocket   51pts    1 win
  7. Charles Legg               26    uno                       52pts
  1. Andrew Peter         919          22pts  4 wins
  2. Graham Reeves      187          24pts  1 win
After 12 races