This event will be held at the club on Saturday 9th March. A link is available in the Upcoming Events to enter and find out more. The NoR is available via the following link.
It is intended that this is an event for all ability levels to experience racing with larger fleets over a whole day.
After waiting for a couple of weeks while the lake has been frozen, an excellent turnout of twelve DF65 skippers arrived to a chilly and quite strong and gusty Westerly blowing more or less straight down the lake.
An initial whizz on a choppy lake confirmed that it would be a C rig day, and Peter Baldwin very nobly went for a prolonged paddle to restore the course marks to the right position after going walkabout in the recent ice.
Frans volunteered as RO as he didn’t have a C rig, and got the racing started with just 12 boats. Almost immediately the wind started to ease, and after two races it was agreed to go to A rig. Frans very kindly said he would continue as RO, and John Brierley had to call it a day due to a winch problem after two seconds in the first two races.
The wind then backed around 25deg, making the line very one sided, and although in theory this made it a port tack biased beat, the wind was so erratic and full of holes that it remained a really tricky day. Charles also had to retire after his boat went awol during race three.
Peter aced the day, with five wins out of six races, with everyone else having a very frustrating day where positions could and did change significantly at any stage of a race.
After six races everyone agreed that enough was enough with the fickle wind and the final race results as below:
- Peter Baldwin 5 pts 5 wins
- Mike de St Paer 16 pts 1 win
- Alan Watkinson 17 pts
- John Carlin 20 pts
- Clive Warren 21 pts
- Dave Williams 28 pts (2 x 4ths)
- Sally Collings 28 pts (1 x 4th)
- John Brierley 40 pts
- Paul Little 41 pts
- John Beech 44 pts
- Charles Legg 51 pts
There is another opportunity for DF65 racing this Saturday (27th) with our combined RG65/DF65 racing, but with results separated out for each class. First start is at 12:00
New boats have been added to the For Sale page here
There is a great TS2 IOM in red as well as an additional DF65
Keep checking the page on a regular basis to see what is being advertised.
While numbers may have been lower than normally expected, the quality was high with a number of World, European and National Champions and podium finishers being tested as always by skippers lining up to take a scalp.
Graham Elliott started the day in impressive form with a string of wins through consistent sailing and calculated shift slection. Alan Bennett, John Brierley and Bill Culshaw were keeping Graham honest in the shifting light wind conditions.
Local legend Martin Roberts was warming into the day and enjoying crossing swords with a returning 42 of Brad Gibson, both steadying as the day went on, improving with each race as the wind strengthened a little.
Both Alan Watkinson and John Berry had glimpses of form but as the light faded after 12 quick fire races, it was Graham that took a convincing win with 8 wins out of 12 races from Brad, with John finishing strongly for his third place.
A big thank you to our PRO Dave who kept the pace going and to our visitors that made the treck to join us once again.
With a number of new boats, builds in progress and returning skippers, the season ahead at Birkenhead looks promising for the IOM class where some of the toughest close quarter racing in the UK can be had. Those that know, know that if you can win at Birkenhead, you can win anywhere in the World.
The next round is Saturday the 10th of February so why not come and join us with all visitors welcome.
You can enter here https://birkenheadrspc.co.uk/iom-winter-2023-4/
12 races with 2 discards