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DragonForce Summer Series #13 25/09/19

Today was the last day of the Summer DF65 Series and had a record turnout of 13 sailors and a visitor from West Kirby tagging along at the back for practice.  The wind was straight down the pond from the WNW and even the sun came out to suggest that it was still summer.  With everyone in A+ rigs, getting off the start line cleanly was critical with this number of boats about and the close racing was clearly demonstrated with 5 different race winners during the ten races held.  After some congestion at the finish line in race 1, the course was extended by an additional 15 metres to try and spread the fleet out more.  This did help, but there was still some close finishes in many races.  John took the day with 4 wins, with Peter second and 2 wins, then Andrew finishing off the podium in third, also gaining two wins.  Our visitor from West Kirby enjoyed himself so much that he promised to join the club and also equip himself with an A+.  We look forward to seeing him on the water again.  Many thanks to Ernie for running the races again – his help was invaluable with so many boats sailing.

  1. John Brierley                84      16 pts
  2. Peter Baldwin               63      20 pts
  3. Andrew Peter              919       30 pts
  4. Neil Westbrook             03       32 pts
  5. Kris Morrow                   94      36 pts
  6. Bernie McNulty             81       40 pts
  7. Alan Watkinson            373     45 pts
  8. Derek Matthews             57      53 pts
  9. Dave Williams                233     54 pts
  10. Richard Robinson           01      58 pts
  11. Colin Deakin                     93      69 pts
  12. Richard Walker                39     84 pts
  13. David Halstead               855    91 pts

10 races sailed

IOM Club Series #11 21/9/19

Wind hard top suit from the Club house, with quite a few cartwheels in the gusts  downwind.

  1. Martin Roberts       56            10pts
  2. Bill Culshaw             21            20pts
  3. Neil Westbrook       03           31pts  1 x 1st
  4. Andrew Peter           66           31pts
  5. Dave Williams          33           57pts

After 12 races Martin had 10 wins, Bill one and Neil one

Thanks to Bernie for running the racing once again.

DragonForce Summer Series #12 18/09/19

Another Wednesday short of wind! 9 sailors raced at the start in very light airs but fortunately it increased in strength by the fifth race. Even though John won 5 races it was the consistent results of Kris that gave him the overall win.
10 races were held with thanks again to Ernie for his running of the event.
1st.     Kris Morrow            13 pts
2nd    John Brierley           14 pts
3rd.    Dave Williams        26 pts
4th.    Derek Matthews    33 pts
5th.    Bernie McNulty      34 pts
6th.    Andrew Peter          38 pts
7th.    Richard Robinson  39 pts
8th.    Colin Deakin            59 pts
9th.    David Halstead       65 pts

DragonForce Summer Series #11 11/09/19

A small turn out for the weekly Wednesday DF65 race, due to sailors travelling (slowly!) to the upcoming RG65 Nationals and the UK National Cycle race trapping people in their homes! Nevertheless, 6 sailors arrived and were faced with the usual dilemma of A or B suits. The majority chose A and racing commenced under the watchful eye of the OOD Ernie.
After about 4 races the general consensus was to change down to B. The trying conditions unfortnately caused electrical failure on the boats of David H and Chris Weston and they had to retire early after 4 and 6 races respectively.
Close racing ensued between John, Andrew and Dave W, with the missing of any wind shift playing a good part in the results. John and Dave had equal points but after discards, John won with a 4 point margin.
10 races were sailed with thanks again to Ernie as OD.
  1.   John Brierley            11 pts
  2.   Dave Williams         15 pts
  3.   Andrew Peter           18 pts
  4.   Richard Walker       26 pts
  5.   Chris Weston            35 pts (6 races sailed)
  6.   David Halstead        58 pts (4 races sailed)

IOM Club Series #10 7/9/19

A sunny top suit day met the six IOMs to Birkenhead’s tenth race in the club series.
With the wind coming out of the top right hand side of the lake, Race Officer Bernie set a windward / leeward course of two laps.
Martin Roberts sailing his new A2 design from Spain, had winch problems in race one but soon returned to put in a solid performance on its first outing. In between sorting his boat out, a few tips on starting were given to the assembled skippers and John Brierley having taken note, managed to win 8 of the 12 races completed with his Britpop. Chasing him hard were Bill Culshaw(1 win), and Martin(2 wins) with Lawrence Drennan, after winning race 1, edging out the two visitors John Berry and Steve Toulson.

Thanks go to Bernie and Jack for running the event.
  1. John Brierley               Britpop            12 pts
  2. Bill Culshaw                Britpop           23 pts
  3. Martin Roberts           A2                     33pts.
  4. Lawrence Drennan   Britpop          36 pts (1 x1st)
  5. John Berry                    Viper               36 pts
  6. Steve Toulson             Lintel              47pts
    12 races sailed.