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
Thirteen sailors attended again for DF Race Number Two, sporting A Plus rigs, in a light but chilly WNW breeze, which gradually filled in as the day progressed, to allow 10 single lap races. Race Officer Neil Westbrook set a long course using the full lake, giving excellent sailing on all points. Competition was close, with race wins shared by 5 sailors, and close fought battles taking place for every position throughout the fleet.
With several new members recently joined, we look forward to seeing more sailors competing in the coming weeks. Get your bookings in early to make sure of a place in the race !
- Richard Robinson 01 12 pts
- Mike de St Paer 35 20 pts
- Andrew Peter 919 24 pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 30 pts [ 2 x 1st ]
- John Carlin 11 30 pts [ 1 x 1st ]
- Don Mackinnon 933 49 pts
- David Williams 233 50 pts
- Richard Walker 39 54 pts
- Derek Matthews 57 60 pts
- Sally Collings 829 69 pts
- Paul Little 45 74 pts
- Stan Metcalfe 46 83 pts
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 90 pts
After 10 races
The first of the RG65/DF65 today at Birkenhead, unfortunately the wind was from the South which for anyone that wants to know is the houses wind, not ideal, and difficult to lay a course but Peter once again donned the waders and did his best. All the RG’s were in there top swing rigs except for Martin that had borrowed Johns Pocket Rocket for the event but John chose to supply Martin with a slightly lower aspect top suit that did disadvantage him on the day but he’s still a tough nut to crack. The DF’s all chose the A plus rig.
The DF’s and RG’s all start on the same gun but the DF’s had a slightly shortened course, this option of racing does seem to work when sailing a mixed fleet, giving plenty of practice on a loaded start line.
The wind started off with quite a few vicious gusts but as the day went on these gusts vanished and the wind swung around about 20 degrees making more of a reaching course unfortunately, still plenty of skill required though looking for those pockets of wind and shifts.
The racing proved to be very close on the day with only 16 points separating 3rd-8th in the RG fleet, Graham and John sharing all 8 wins between them took 1st and 2nd, unfortunately we lost Peter after race 5 with a split tyre on his car and this needed to be changed before his journey home. The DF fleet was dominated by Mike who took all 8 races, well done.
Well done also to Bernie who started and finished us, having to walk round to the top bank to accurately get our finishing scores kept his steps up.
The club has gone from strength to strength in these lockdown periods that have stopped us travelling further afield, lets keep this level of entries and quality up in 2021 and hopefully we will see the fruits of this when travelling is open again.
- Graham Elliott 55 Argon 6pts 6 wins
- John Brierley 84 Uno 10pts 2 wins
- Martin Roberts 22 Pocket Rocket 20pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 Pocket Rocket 24pts
- David Potter 20 Pocket Rocket 27pts
- Matt Stephenson 08 Pocket Rocket 33pts
- Dave Williams 33 Pocket Rocket 34pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 Pocket Rocket 36pts
- Mike de St Paer 35 6pts 6 wins
- Colin Deakin 93 18pts
- Derek Mathews 57 18pts
There were 12 entries and one OOD turned up to race this week, with a south west to west wind forecast at 7-9 mph.
However, on arrival at the lake we were faced with no wind at all. A course was set allowing us to go either way up or down the lake and after waiting for the wind to appear a light variable wind started up.
We only managed 4 races of one lap each until it was decided to give up in frustration after one and a half hours racing.
The final scores after one discard were:
- JOHN BRIERLEY 84 5PTS
- NEIL WESTBROOK 03 6PTS
- JOHN CARLIN 11 9PTS
- MIKE DE ST PAER 35 12PTS
- RICHARD ROBINSON 01 16PTS 1X3RD
- CHARLES LEGG 21 16PTS 1X4TH 1X5TH
- SALLY COLLINGS 829 16PTS 1X4TH 1X6TH
- RICHARD WALKER 39 19PTS
- DEREK MATTHEWS 57 20PTS
- CHRIS WESTON 194 25PTS
- PAUL LITTLE 26 26PTS 1X6TH
- DON MACKINNON 93 26PTS 1X8TH
Many thanks to Stan Metcalfe for being OOD for the racing.
In the hope that racing at the club can re-start on Saturday 5th December, Graham Elliott has planned two Winter Series to take place between 5th December and 3rd April. There will be separate series for IOM’s and RG65 plus DF65 boats (who will sail together on a similar course). There are 8 events in each series and overall results will be based upon a boats best 5 races. Please be aware that if the MYA is unable to confirm that Radio Sailing can restart by the 5th December, IOM Winter Series #1 will have to be cancelled.
Each of the events will start at 12:00 and racing will continue until the light fails or 15:45, whichever occurs first. Booking will be via the Calendar or the home page links and limited at this stage to 13 boats, but increased if the MYA guidance allows it. Please cancel any booking you make, should you be unable to make it, so that someone is able to take your place as we anticipate all places to be filled each week.
Twelve Sailors made it to the start line today, including 3 new DF65 members and our RO for the day Chris Fletcher, another new member.
A light NW breeze made for A+ rigs, but the rain and drizzle reminded us tha it was not the summer!
The final scores were:
- NEIL WESTBROOK – 03 – 8 PTS
- JOHN CARLIN – 11 – 18 PTS
- SALLY COLLINGS – 829 – 21 PTS
- DON MACKINNON – 933 – 37 PTS
- CHARLES LEGG – 21 – 39 PTS
- DEREK MATTHEWS – 57 – 45 PTS – 1 x 2nd , 1 x 3rd
- RICHARD WALKER – 39 – 45 PTS – 2 x 4th
- PAUL LITTLE – 45 – 50 PTS
- CHRIS WESTON – 194 – 64 PTS
- STAN METCALF – 146 – 75 PTS
- MIKE DE STPAER – 35 – 76 PTS – Retired early
- BARRIE BAUGH – 46 – 82 PTS
Well done to everyone who made it to the lake to race.
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