Another very pleasant sailing day, sunny with a fresh WNW 15 – 20 mph breeze straight down the lake, made ‘ A’ rigs the order of the day. Ten sailors attended, with guest sailor Dorian Crease, from Two Islands Club in Milton Keynes, showing us all how to do it – by coming 1st. overall today ! It was very close racing all day.
The top three placed sailors were all on equal points before discards, and only separated by one point finally. The other podium places were decided on count-back, giving Richard Robinson 2nd place with 3 x 1st’s, and Alan Watkinson 3rd place with 2 x 1st’s. The chasing pack saw Andrew Peter in 4th, with 4 x 2nd’s and Mike de St Paer in 5th with 1 x win.
Thanks to RO Dave Williams who managed to keep us all in line, apart from one General Recall..
- Dorian Crease 683 18pts 3x1st
- Richard Robinson 01 19pts 3x1st
- Alan Watkinson 373 19pts 2x1st
- Andrew Peter 919 22pts
- Mike de St Paer 35 33pts 1x1st
- Derek Matthews 57 40pts
- John Carlin 11 58pts
- Chris Weston 194 60pts
- David Potter 946 62pts 1x1st
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 71pts
Other points of interest for the day were Charles Legg – on the Far Side, tutoring newcomer Barry, who intends now to join us racing from next week. Dave Potter dipping out after 4 races ( and 1 win ) to show us how fast his foiling catamaran can sail, and Graham Reeves brought along his Vane 36 to try out a brand new 3D laser printed Vane Gear. [ Back to the Future ?]
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NEXT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER DF65 RACING, IS AN
OPEN SAILING AND VINTAGE DAY.
PLEASE BRING ALONG ANYTHING YOU WISH TO SAIL.
Also … Future Dates may be subject to increased Covid restrictions – please keep checking the Club Website for any additional restrictions.
Another ‘Marathon’ Session, starting at 11.00am, with 16 races completed by the 4.00pm finish. 5 x RG65 and 2 x DF 65’s competed, in a moderate but shifty Northerly force 3- 4 breeze, with some tricky gusts and swirls firing down through the gaps in the buildings. ( Bring back the trees ?! )
Derek Matthews had to leave early, and Brad Gibson arrived late, so the results may be slightly skewed, but Graham Elliott took the overall win for the day, with 9 x 1sts, Brad with 7 x 1st’s took 2nd overall, with Peter Baldwin definitely ‘off-form’ , taking 3rd overall with no wins but 6 x 2nd’s.
The RG’s won the day on pure speed, but the DF65’s, sailing a slightly shorter course, were not far behind, with Andrew Peter taking 4 x 3rds and 5th overall, proving that DF’s can compete successfully on these mixed RG / DF Race days (with the help of a slightly shorter course).
Very enjoyable sailing, with cakes very kindly provided at break times by Alan Watkinsons’ wife Jocelyn , and thanks once again to RO Bernie doing us proud, as ever.
- Graham Elliott 55 Argon 17pts 9 wins
- Brad Gibson 9 Electronica 31pts 7 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Pocket Rocket 35pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Scurry 43pts
- Andrew Peter 919 DF65 52pts
- Dave Williams 33 Pocket Rocket 63pts
- Derek Mathews 57 DF65 88pts
Start times will now revert to the normal 13.00hrs for all future Saturday racing with room for plenty more sailors to compete. A booking system will be created to allow online booking. More details will be published soon.
We return to IOM racing for the next two weeks. If you wish to join us and have a go, boats are available to loan for anyone wanting to sail. – contact Andrew Peter (see contacts pages)
Ten sailors gathered today for the first DF65 social racing day when results were taken. Charles Legg very kindly offered to record finishing results after finding that he was missing a keel boat when assembling his boat. All but one of the fleet opted to use the A Rig as the breeze was a gusty 10 to 15 knot breeze straight down the lake. Peter Baldwin took the first four races before Mike de St Paer took his first of two wins in Races 5 and then another in 10, followed by Alan Watkinson in Races 6 and 7. Peter had another win in Race 8 and was just beaten across the finish by Dave Williams in Race 9. After 10 races, the final results had some very close points finishes and four race winners were:
- Peter Baldwin 63 12pts 5 wins
- Mike de St Paer 35 23pts 2 wins and 3x2nd
- Alan Watkinson 373 23pts 2 wins and 2x2nd
- Neil Westbrook 03 28pts
- Dave Williams 233 36pts 1 win
- Andrew Peter 19 47pts
- Derek Matthews 57 48pts
- Richard Walker 39 49pts
- Sally Collings 129 52pts
- Chris Weston 194 68pts
Racing will take place again next Wednesday with a race limit of 13 boats.
There is also racing for DF and RG65 on Saturday 29th starting at 11:00.
Another week on and another storm in the form of Dennis threatened to batter the boats at this, the last of the RG65/DF65 Winter series. As it turned out, the club happened to be in a fortunate location with manageable winds and very little rain. The average direction at the start was SSE and so diagonally across the lake from the clubhouse to the far corner.
Four RG’s and three DF’s were on the start line for the first race after John Brierleys journey from North Wales was blocked by floods and fallen trees and other visitors decided that Dennis was going to cause problems for their journey. The three DF’s opted for their B rig due to the expected gusts whilst in the RG’s there was a mix of B swings and low aspect A conventional rigs.
Key to getting a good result was keeping the boat moving and being on the right tack for the rapid shifts that occurred. Boats could be overpowered in a gust one second and sat waiting for the wind the next. Seven races were completed before tea with some strong gusts causing problems downwind for most boats. At the break Neil had three wins, with Alan and Peter two apiece in the RG fleet. Andrew took the lions share of 6 wins in the DF fleet with Richard one, having taken the first.
After the break, the wind initially seemed to have moderated due to the light rain now falling, but the rain soon stopped and the gusts started again, some of which were from a S or SSW direction. After completing 11 races, the RG wins were shared between Neil (conventional A) with 5, Peter (swing B) with 4 and Alan (conventional A) taking 2 wins. Peter took the day by two points from Neil who had an unfortunate sinking feeling during the last race, with Alan in third. Andrew comfortably took the overall win in the DF fleet with 10 wins, with John Carlin second after Richard dropped out at race 6.
- Peter Baldwin 63 14pts 4 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 16pts 5 wins
- Alan Wilkinson 23 22pts 2 wins
- Dave Williams 33 30pts
- Andrew Peter 19 9pts 10 wins
- John Carlin 11 20pts
- Richard Robinson 01 26pts 1 win
Next week (22nd February) is round 6 of the IOM Winter series.
A beautiful sunny morning greeted the 10 DF65s to Birkenhead with A+ rigs the order of the day. Racing was moved to the east bank by Race Officer Ernie, to give a windward / leeward course, but with the recent high winds there was a lot of debris along the bank and competitors that took the right hand gate kept clear of obstructions, whilst the left hand gate was the favoured one to gain the lift of the bank but the risk of picking up twigs was high.
There were four race winners and Don gained his first win with Neil having the most wins with 4. Again it was the consistency of John to take the win, with Richard rapidly improving and take second place. John C also had a very good day with a steady performance. Thanks once again to Ernie for running the racing.
- John Brierley 84 14pts
- Richard Robinson 01 17pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 24pts
- John Carlin 11 33pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 38pts
- Don MacKinnon 983 40pts
- Dave Pickup 86 41pts
- Mike St Paer 35 50pts. 1x3rd
- Richard Walker 39 50pts 0x3rd
- Chris Weston 194 67pts.
10 races sailed
After last weeks IOM racing all of the marks needed repositioning to get a decent course for this weeks racing with a decent A rig (RG65) and A+ rig breeze from the WNW. Racing started very soon after 12:00 with the four RG65’s sailing 10 metres further up the lake than the seven DF65’s (including four visitors from Gresford).
In the RG65 fleet of Pocket Rockets, Alan Watkinson used his tall A conventional rig to good effect and took wins in the first two races. Peter Baldwin then got into a groove and won the next 5, before a break for lunch and a hot drink. Suitably refreshed after lunch, Neil Westbrook took 2 wins from the next three races and Alan had a further win, before Peter took the final two races, with the wind by now easing a few knots as the sun went down.
Andrew Peter had a commanding day in the DF65 fleet, winning eleven out of the twelve races. Only John Carlin managed to keep him from the podium, before he had to retire with some winch troubles. David Bradley and Bob Andrews from Gresford both came close to beating Andrew in a number of races, with the result only being decided in the last few metres to the line.
An excellent day of 12 races with close racing in both fleets. Thanks once again to Jack and Bernie for running our racing and making drinks at lunchtime. Our visitors from Gresford enjoyed the “Birkenhead Experience” and have promised to return for the final event in this Winter series, which takes place on Saturday 15th February.
- Peter Baldwin 63 13pts 7 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 19pts 2 wins
- Alan Watkinson 23 26pts 3 wins
- Dave Williams 33 31pts
- Andrew Peter 919 10pts 11wins
- David Bradley 98 23pts
- Rob Andrews 835 35pts
- Charles Legg 13 41pts
- Keith Pizzey 517 44pts
- Russell Owens 903 55pts
- John Carlin 11 60pts 1 win
12 races sailed