A good sunny day with the wind from the Clubhouse end, A+ was the chosen rig of the day. With Neil volunteering to don the waders, one of the start line marks was moved to make a non biased start. Several boats were keen to get going but fell foul of the start line judge. A few boats had electrical problems and had to retire and then with the wind strength increasing the last few races saw several more retire. 10 races were held with David Potter and Mike de St Paer taking 9 race wins between them, with David just coming out the winner. John Carlin took third place with a good consistent sail. Many thanks to the RO for this week, Dave Williams.
- David Potter 946 11pts
- Mike de St Paer 35 13pts
- John Carlin 11 32pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 41pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 43pts
- James Douglas 73 49pts
- Richard Walker 39 54pts 3 x 3rd
- Don Mackinnon 933 54pts 0 x 3rd
- Dan Skinner 27 56pts
- Andrew Potter 194 74pts
- Charles Legg 21 77pts
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 79pts 1 x 3rd
- Simon Bates 69 79pts. 0 x 3rd
- Tony Marsden 947 102pts
A select group of six IOM helms turned out for this afternoon at the start of warmer weather. With a high pressure sat over the area hopes of a decent sail weren’t very high when arriving at 12:00 to a flat calm lake with the merest hint of a breeze. Fortunately by the start of racing a gentle 5 or 6 knots was blowing from the NW which held for most of the afternoon leading to close racing with a number of place changes if you got the shifts wrong.Under the eagle eye of Start Line Judge Dave Williams, John Brierley started the day well with a close win over Andrea Roberts trying out the “Vanilla” sailed by Martin two weeks ago. Andrea then proceeded to dominate the fleet by taking the next three wins, before Martin took race 5 and Andrea the final win before a short break.Martin spent his break on re-rigging the jib on the Rubix of Charles Legg (sporting a new set of Housemartin sails), which helped place him in the mix for most races.
Racing re-started in a slightly lighter breeze, although it soon returned to previous levels. Peter won Races 7 and 9, Martin took Race 8 and Andrea the final race of the day. Neil Westbrook took several second places in his Widget, proving that this older design can still hold its own in Club racing.
Andrea took the afternoon comfortably, with Peter second and Martin third, followed by Neil in fourth and without a race win. Thanks again must go to Bernie and Jack for running our racing and the photos are courtesy of Dave Williams (whilst he wasn’t watching the line and calling us back).
- Andrea Roberts 122 Vanilla 12pt 5 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel MMX 19pts 2 wins
- Martin Roberts 55 Widget 22pts 2 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 Widget 27pts
- John Brierley 84 brit pop 32pts 1 win
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 42pts
After 10 races
With a steady North Westerly breeze, ‘A’ rigs were chosen, to give the maximum number of 18 sailors quite a challenging day’s sailing. The finishing positions varied significantly across the fleet (with wins liberally sprinkled around the top places). The 18 starters produced a busy starting line – position, timing and a clear start were critical in doing well. As ever, the wind shifts across almost the entire lake proved hard to read, even for experienced sailors, and also gave some difficulty on the top windward spreader marks.
Richard Walker did a great job as RO today, setting a full lake course (using mark positions from last Saturday) and reminding several sailors of their misdemeanours throughout the day . Ten races were completed by 1pm, but it actually felt like more, because of the fleet size. The DF65 racing fleet has grown, and the enthusiasm of new members is very encouraging for the future.
- Mike De St Paer 35 22 Pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 23 Pts
- John Carlin 11 31 Pts
- Richard Robinson 01 32 Pts [ 1x 1st, 2 X 2nd ]
- Neil Westbrook 03 32 Pts [ 1 X 1st, 1 X 2nd ]
- Alan Watkinson 373 36 Pts
- Andrew Potter 194 46 Pts
- Andrew Peter 919 57 Pts
- Tre Joinville 19 58 Pts
- Charles Legg 21 78 Pts
- James Douglas 73 81 Pts
- Don Mackinnon 933 84 Pts
- Paul Little 45 91 Pts
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 95 Pts
- Stan Metcalf 46 96 Pts
- Dave Williams 233 100 Pts
- George Smith 18 133 Pts
- Paul Hounslow 82 137 Pts
After 10 races
Another great WNW breeze of around 10 knots greeted the 7 RG65 sailors this week, with much discussion as to what the rig of choice would be, while Graham moved a few marks around to sort the course this week. Most opted for a reduced height full area rig, with a good mix of swing and conventional rigs. Martin Roberts started the day well to win races 1 and 2 in a Pocket Rocket sporting a swing rig, before John Brierley spoilt his run with a win in race 3 in his Uno in a low aspect conventional rig. Martin then won the next two races before David Potter took Race 6 (Pocket Rocket, Swing) and we stopped for a short break. John took the first race after the break, before winch and servo failure stopped David Potter and Graham Elliott from racing again. Martin picked up wins in races 8 and 9, although the wind was now up a notch, making upwind progress and tacking more difficult at times. Peter Baldwin took a win in his Pocket Rocket sporting a low aspect masthead conventional suit, in Race 10. Martin then took the win in Race 11, with Dave Williams ending the day winning Race 12 in his Uno with a swing rig (after some help adjusting his swing rig by Martin).
Thanks once again to Bernie for running the racing this week.
- Martin Roberts 184 pocket rocket 14pts 7 wins
- John Brierley 84 uno 18pts 2 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 pocket rocket 32pts 1 win
- Dave Williams 33 uno 48pts 1 win
- David Potter 20 pocket rocket 51pts 1 win
- Alan Watkinson 23 scurry 51pts
- Graham Elliott 55 argon 56pts
After 12 races
Although it was sunny, a brisk NNW breeze made it chilly enough to remind us it’s not summer yet. With ‘A’ rigs selected, Mike De St Paer, acting as race officer for today, set a full lake length one lap course, giving great sailing conditions across the whole course. With 16 entrants, one ‘no-show’ gave us 15 at the start line, and made Mike’s job as RO quite challenging at times, with a couple of general recalls and some very close finishing to record.
10 races were completed, with the last race over two laps.
- Neil Westbrook 03 11 Pts
- Richard Robinson 01 21 Pts
- John Carlin 11 32 Pts [ 1 X 1st ]
- Alan Watkinson 373 32 Pts
- Andrew Peter 919 35 Pts
- Charles Legg 21 45 Pts
- Derek Matthews 57 46 Pts
- Tre Joinville 19 51 Pts
- Dave Williams 233 63 Pts
- Sally Collings 829 66 Pts
- Andrew Potter 194 71 Pts
- Don Mackinnon 933 81 Pts
- Paul Little 45 83 Pts
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 105 Pts
- Colin Deakin 93 109 Pts [ Rtd ]
Please note that the next 3 sailors in line for race officer on a Wednesday are
- Richard Walker No 39
- Paul Little No 45
- Stan Metcalfe No 46
After the heavy and persistent rain in the morning, it was easing up by the time rigging commenced for most sailors and then dry by the time racing started. Peter made some minor changes to the positions of buoys ready for the first race to start in a decent Top Suit breeze from the ESE, with significant shifts from E to SE accompanied by some decent gusts.
Bill Culshaw started the day with a good solid win in Race 1, before Martin Roberts took Race 2 and then Peter Baldwin Race 3. Martin won again in Race 4, Peter took Race 5 and Bill Race 6, giving an even split on wins going into an early break so that Martin could repair a broken shroud without delaying proceedings or anyone missing a race.
After the break, with shroud repaired and boat setup again, Martin took Races 7 and 8 before Peter gained wins in races 9 to 11. Bill unfortunately had transmitter problems for two races and so his challenge for the day ended by picking up two DNF’s. It was all to play for in the last race, which Martin won with a clear and unassailable lead. Peter got caught up with John Brierley on the final beat to the finish after John temporarily lost control whilst on port, leaving Bill to take second spot. This left Martin with the overall win and Peter in second one point behind, ruing the loss of second place. Bill still ended up third, able to discard his two DNF’s ahead of John who had a consistent afternoon, but with a win eluding him and just making the difference. A great afternoon sail with thanks to Bernie and Jack as usual with the sun putting in an appearance by 2pm just to top it all off.
Scoring footnote – it turns out that if the points had been tied, Peter and Martin could not have been separated on their counting races, so Martin would still have won overall by beating Peter in the last race.
- Martin Roberts 12 vanilla 18pts 5 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 lintel mmx 19pts 5 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 brit pop 27pts 2 wins
- John Brierley 84 brit pop 29pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 widget 52pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 brit pop 57pts
- Tre Joinville 94 lintel 58pts
- Mike Williamson 43 TS2 64pts
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 80pts
After 12 races, photos courtesy of Dave Williams.