A simple Report of:
- No Wind
- No Sailors
- No Racing
Unfortunately the weather gods were not with us for the first of the IOM Winter Series, with a high pressure giving very little or no wind, although the sun was very pleasant the three sailors who might have turned up found other things to do. Fingers crossed for better luck with Round 2 on 2nd December.
A total of 7 IOM’s turned out for the last of the Summer Series in 2023 and were greeted with a decent middle top suit breeze straight down from the clubhouse end, with the usual mix of shifts and pressure variations to help (or hinder) someone’s progress up or down the lake.
After Peter had re-jigged the marks after last weeks DFTT, our RO Dave Williams got things underway on time with six of the seven for the first 4 races. In the first session of six races, Alan got the lions share of five wins, with Peter taking one win and Bill plus Martin vying for the lead at any time during the race. We were joined this week by Alan’s young son George in his first visit to Birkenhead, sailing a Mirage and showed great ability to get off the starting line and around the course with the rest of us. We hope to see him again at the lake in the future to further hone his skills.
After the break, the fight continued at the front of the fleet for the wins, with Peter gaining three then Alan and Martin one each such that in the last race, the overall winner on the day was going to be either Alan or Peter. Alan led for a good part of the race, until Peter managed to pass him up the last beat and looked to be safe, but then sailed himself into a bit of a hole. Alan meanwhile kept in the breeze to cross the line half a boat length ahead of Peter for the win and the days honours. Bill was third, Martin fourth after missing the first 4 races and Tony sailing an IOM for the first time, was fifth. Very many thanks to Dave for running the racing once again, taking a few photos and getting racing completed before we had much rain.
- Alan Bennett Britpop! 15pts
- Peter Baldwin Britpop! 16pts
- Bill Culshaw Britpop! 28pts
- Martin Roberts Widget 39pts
- Tony Sedgwick Lintel MMX 44pts
- Alan Watkinson Britpop! 58pts
- George Bennett Mirage 63pts
Next IOM Race is Race 1 of the Winter Series on 11th November.
A great response to Peters email’s and phone calls in the week meant that we had 10 skippers sailing today.
The wind was a medium top suit from the clubhouse end with the normal Birkenhead shifts and gusts to contend with, although the temperature was reasonable, the rain was completely unreasonable, after break it bucketed down.
After Peter had tweaked the course we started racing, a few general and individual recalls were called by our starter, Dave Williams, who also finished us. 5 races before a tea break with Graham sailing his BritPOP! winning races 3, 4 and 5, Martin sailing his Chimera took race 1 and Alan sailing his BritPOP! took race 2. A short break saw the heavens open and 10 unwilling skippers not wanting to venture out but there was still racing to be finished so off we trudged. The next 5 races saw wins for Martin in races 6 and 10, Graham taking race 9, Alan taking race 7 and Peter taking race 8. John Carlin also joined us after having radio problems for the first 5 races of the day and managed a very creditable 3rd
in the final race of the day.
The final scores were very close, the top 3 also all discarded the same amount of points (9).
Many thanks to Dave Williams for today, standing out in the pouring rain. Sailing wasn’t much fun, so to stand outside and not sail is something else.
- Graham Elliott 09 Britpop! 16pts
- Martin Roberts 122 Chimera 17pts
- Alan Bennett 180 Britpop! 23pts
- Brad Gibson 17 TS2 24pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 Britpop! 33pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 Britpop! 42pts
- John Berry 123 Lintel MMX 54pts
- John Carlin 63 Lintel MMX 63pts
- Andrew Peter 66 V9 68pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 Widget 72pts
We all wish Martin the best of luck at the upcoming European Championships in Torrevieja, Spain. If you wish to follow his progress along with the other GBR skippers, the official website is;
Good Old British Weather?
Storm Antoni decided not to visit Gautby Road lake, but three very keen IOM sailors arrived expecting the worst. The very light wind “appeared” to come from the Clubhouse end so a course was set from the top end of the lake to the windward mark at the clubhouse then to a spreader both to port back through a gate, two laps and a finish at the middle mark as usual. The racing for the first three races was such that it was impossible to guess who would come out on top with all three boats taking turn to lead. Bill scored two wins with Alan the third.
At this point the wind finally disappeared and an early tea break was called (see pic above). After about twenty minutes it started to rain quite heavily then we had wind but from the opposite direction. Course then changed and racing recommenced. This new course and wind suited Alan who took the next seven races with seconds and thirds shared between Bill and John. Considering it was supposed to be mid summer, ten races in the cold and wet was deemed enough and RO Dave Williams called it a day. Many thanks to Dave for turning out and running the racing and keeping scores and taking the few photos today.
- Alan Bennett Britpop! 8pts
- Bill Culshaw Britpop! 15pts
- John Berry Viper 20pts
The weather forecast on Saturday was for a lot of weather to happen. As it was we had a bit of rain, not a lot of sun and Mrs Jones at No 30 opening and closing her back door at regular intervals. (Translated means a squally day through the houses) It was an afternoon of snakes and ladders. John started the afternoon with a bit of Welsh fire, but faded with the weather after some gear issues. Bill was well Bil = 2 wins along with some average scores. Alan was a consistent top 3. Neil and Alan battled all afternoon wtth Neil winning the battle on countback. Charles’ scores were much improved after a Bernie inspired tea break. Martin though nailed the leeward side of the course to come out on top overall.
12 races were completed
1st Martin Roberts 11 pts
2nd Bill Culshaw 22 pts
3rd Alan Bennett 25 pts
4th John Brierley 34 pts
5th Neil Westbrook 47 pts
6th Alan Watkinson 47 pts
7th Charles Legg 62 pts