A total of 11 sailors turned out for the third in this series of individual IOM club race days for an afternoon of racing in a good but cool top suit breeze straight down the lake (WNW) and plenty of sunshine. Racing got underway soon after 1pm following some minor course tweaks by the Commodore after last weeks RG65 racing. With plenty of shifts to either make good gains or catch you out, the racing was close with place changes throughout the fleet in most races.
Martin Roberts set the pace by winning race 1, followed by Bill Culshaw taking race 2 by a big margin having picked up a great shift on the RHS of the course soon after the start whilst most of the fleet was tacking up the near bank. He followed this up with wins in races 3 and 5 with John Brierley gaining his first win in race 4. Martin then won the race 6 before a short break was taken, with the overall result al to play for in the next 6 races.
The “re-fuelling” break helped Peter Baldwin gain his first win in race 7, before Martin picked up his third win in race 8. John took race 9 and Dave Burke race 10 having been second in a number of previous races. John then gained his third win in race 11 and Peter rounded out the afternoon with the final win. So the wins were spread over 5 different helms and the final points were very close, with only one point separating Martin in first and John second and then two points between Peter in third and Bill, fourth. Thanks once again to Bernie and Jack for running the afternoon. Photos courtesy of Dave Williams.
- Martin Roberts 22 A2 25pts 3 wins
- John Brierley 84 brit pop 26pts 3 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel MMX 31pts 2 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 brit pop 33pts 3 wins
- Dave Burke 30 brit pop 41pts 1 win
- Neil Westbrook 03 Widget 56pts
- Tre Joinville 94 Lintel 57pts
- Andrew Peter 66 V9 62pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 brit pop 80pts
- Mike Williamson 43 TS2 82pts
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 105pts
After 12 races
If anyone in the club (or prospective members) would like to try sailing an IOM, then Andrew Peter has a couple of race ready IOM’s to loan out. Please make contact with him at the club or through the contact pages if you wish to give it a try. There may be other loan boats available in the club if both of those are used up in the future. We would love more sailors to experience the buzz of close competitive racing available at the club in this fleet.
With a steady ESE breeze from the Clubhouse end of the lake, RO Neil Westbrook decided that A rigs were the order of the day for everyone. Ably assisted by Dave Williams, a course was set using the full length of the lake. Ten races were completed, with the final race over two laps.
- RICHARD ROBINSON 01 12 pts
- MIKE DE ST PAER 35 20 pts
- ANDREW PETER 919 29 pts
- ALAN WATKINSON 373 31 pts
- JOHN CARLIN 11 33 pts
- DEREK MATTHEWS 57 41 pts
- PAUL WHITE 45 45 pts
- RICHARD WALKER 39 56 pts
- CHARLES LEGG 21 58 pts
- SIMON BATES 69 67 pts[ 1 X 2nd ]
- SALLY COLLINGS 829 67 pts
- DON MACKINNON 933 74 pts
- BARRY BOUGH 147 RTD
A sunny day greeted the 8 IOM sailors for the 2nd Club Racing afternoon series race. Just in time for racing, the wind settled in from the NW but judging the shifts ensured all sailors were kept on their toes all afternoon.
Twelve races were held, with the boats coming of the water for a break at 14:45 so that the assembled members could observe the National one minute silence for the funeral of HRH Prince Philip at 15:00. With silence around the lake, only the gentle flapping of sails in the background, was to be our tribute to HRH, Patron of the MYA.
Racing was extremely close with all sailors showing towards the front of the fleet at some point. Martin, sailing a new Slimtel was to win 6 races, but the consistency of John gave him a narrow 1 point win. Third and only 1 point behind Martin was Bill. The scores do not do justice to how close the racing and in particular the finishes were.
Bernie and Jack, kept us all well organised and thanks, as usual, go to them enabling us all to have another great day on the water at Birkenhead.
- John Brierley Britpop 20 points (2 wins)
- Martin Roberts Slimtel 21 points. (6 wins)
- Bill Culshaw Britpop 22 points (2 wins)
- Graham Birkett Widget 41 points (2 wins)
- Tre Joinville Lintel 52 points (1x2nd)
- Alan Watkinson Britpop 52 points
- Andrew Peter V9 55 points
- Neil Westbrook Widget 56 points
12 races sailed. Photos courtesy of Dave Williams.
Yet another sunny but chilly spring day at Birkenhead, with a very light breeze hardly rippling the water for the first race. RO Andrew Peter set a single lap ¾ length course, with the breeze filling in slightly from the NW. as the morning progressed. Some new faces were welcomed into the DF65 racing fleet, and the competition was very keen throughout, as the closeness of the final points indicates.
A slightly longer course was set for the last two races as the breeze picked up gaving ideal sailing for A+ rigs. 8 races were completed. One ‘no-show’ in the bookings fortunately gave our stand-by sailor the chance to compete, and two ‘guests’ arrived to spectate, Martin Roberts and potential new member Mike Hilton.
As has been the case for the last 3 DF65 Wednesday races, the breeze has filled in towards the end of each session, with ideal steady wind conditions just as we are finishing the days racing. Would a move to a later start time, of say 12.00 noon, perhaps be considered sensible. If you have any thoughts on this subject, please talk to Andrew Peter when you next see him or email him through his details on the Contact page.
- Neil Westbrook 03 11 pts 4 x 1st
- Richard Robinson 01 11 pts 1 x 1st
- David Williams 233 20 pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 22 pts
- Mike De St Paer 35 23 pts
- James Douglas 73 30 pts
- Paul Little 45 33 pts
- Sally Collings 829 41 pts
- Don Mackinnon 933 45 pts
- Charles Legg 21 54 pts
- Stan Metcalfe 46 60 pts
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 61 pts
- Barry Bough 147 62 pts
After 8 races sailed and two discards
A sunny, top suit day with the wind blowing straight down the lake, met the 7 RG65 and 5 DF 65 sailors for the 1st Saturday sailing for these classes since lockdown was lifted.
The assembled sailors observed a minutes silence in memory of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, before racing commenced.
The DF65 fleet had a few retirements due to gear failure, which left Richard Robinson a clear winner from John Carlin and Mike De St Paer.
In the RG65 class, Peter Baldwin was fast out of the blocks winning the first two races, with “newcomer” to the fleet Martin Roberts showing a fine turn of speed and best consistency to win overall. Many of the fleet managed to show at the front of the fleet during the 11 races, to provide a very close day’s sailing. Thanks once again to Bernie for running the afternoon.
1st Martin Roberts 184 19 points Pocket Rocket 3 wins
2nd John Brierley 84 22 points Uno 3 wins 4x2nd
3rd Graham Elliott 55 22 points Argon 3 wins 3x2nd
4th Peter Baldwin 63 26 points Pocket Rocket 2 wins
5th Neil Westbrook 03 32 points Pocket Rocket
6th Dave Williams 33 41 points Pocket Rocket
7th Alan Watkinson 23 54 points Scurry
1st Richard Robinson 01 11 points 7 wins
2nd. John Carlin 11 20 points 2 wins
3rd. Mike de St Par 35 22 points 1 win
4th. Sally Collings 829 44 points
5th. Andrew Peter 919 49 points 1 win
11 races sailed. Photos from John Brierley