IOM Social Racing #9 12/9/20

A great wind straight down the lake and not the forecast “houses” wind welcomed the 5 skippers to our clubs latest social IOM race. All rigged up with top suits but Graham decided to make a change to his ‘B’ rig after a quick pre-race practice before the first race which proved to be the correct choice with a convincing win in race 1, a quick rig change break was called after this race to allow all skippers to change down to ‘B’ rig.
The wind stayed with us until race 4 then started to gradually die away giving the Italico an advantage in these under-pressed ‘B’ rig conditions over the fleet, 2 more races were sailed until we called a break that saw everyone changing back to the ‘A’ rigs for the remainder of the afternoon that also saw the wind swing around 30 degrees giving some very interesting shifts and gusts to deal with.
The last 4 races also saw the sacking of Martin with Andrea taking the helm of her pink boat which she had not sailed for some considerable time. With a new trim on the boat, she proved to be a force to be reckoned with, winning 3 of her 4 starts.
It was great to see Derek sailing an IOM for the first time and he proved to be a welcome and very able addition to the fleet, also visitor John sailing well in many races but getting unlucky with the Birkenhead shifts, Charles also had many good races.
Many thanks must go to Bernie and Jack for starting and finishing for the completed 12 races.
  1. Graham Elliott     65   Italico               10pts   10 wins
  2. Martin Roberts    55   Gadget              19pts    2 wins
  3. John Berry            123   Lintel MMX    36pts
  4. Derek Mathews    91   Gadget              38pts
  5. Charles Legg         25   Rubix                 50pts

Next week will be another RG65/DF65 social race afternoon starting at 13:00.  Please enter via the links provided.

IOM Social Racing #8 5/9/20 – Full report

A solid NW top suit breeze was the order of the day for the 7 boat fleet. Great to see Mike and Sue back , along with Derek making his debut in the IOM fleet, with a borrowed boat from Andrew.
The story of the afternoon was how you got off the start line. Sudden wind shifts made would define how good a result you would get. At race 5 a tactical chat with the fleet would mean the fleet would get more consistent starts. So an afternoon of good and average sailing, shifts and nose diving, Thanks to Jack and Bernie . Back for more IOM racing next Saturday starting at 13:00.  Please enter via the links to the right or via the Racing Calendar page.

  1. Martin Roberts                Widget        12pts   7 wins
  2. Mike Parkington             Widget        16pts   2 wins
  3. Graham Birkett                Widget       20pts   1 win
  4. Sue Parkington                 Britpop      27pts
  5. Alan Watkinson               Britpop     38pts
  6. Derek Matthews               Widget       39pts
  7. Charles Legg                       Rubix         52pts

After 10 races

IOM Social Racing #7 15/8/20 – Full Report

An interesting 7-10mph wind blowing down Gautby Road greeted the 8 skippers on this sunny Saturday afternoon.

It was John Brierley that started well with 4 second places and a win in the first 5 races, but unfortunately he then had to retire from the day with radio problems. Bill then showed some great pace and finally started to react to the wind shifts to take wins in races 4 and 7. Lawrence also showing some great form with a brace of seconds in races 6 and 8. Charles after a difficult start and some repairs at the start of the afternoon improved greatly in the final 5 races even if the results do not show this improvement, it was there.
It was Martin that took top honours with a strong finish winning 3 of the final 4 races finally showing his skills within this class under these conditions.
5 different race winners from the 11 races sailed with some extremely close 3 boat finishes to keep Jack on his toes all afternoon.
Many thanks to Peter for setting the buoys and Martin for trimming them after race 3 when the wind swung round a few degrees also thanks to Jack and Bernie for starting and finishing.
  1. Martin Roberts              55     Widget                18pts     4 wins
  2. Graham Elliott               65     Italico                 23pts      3 wins
  3. Bill Culshaw                    21      BritPOP!            27pts      2 wins
  4. Peter Baldwin                63      Lintel MMX     28pts       1 win
  5. Lawrence Drennan      57      BritPOP!            39pts
  6. John Brierley                 84      BritPOP!             43pts        1 win
  7. Neil Westbrook             03      Widget                45pts
  8. Charles Legg                  25      Rubix                   64pts

After 11 races

The next two weeks are joint RG65 and DF65 with an 11am start time. If you are planning on sailing please pre-register for all races with Graham Elliott to avoid disappointment on the day.

IOM Social Racing #6 8/8/20

After a week with winds from most points of the compass, it was good to see a return to a decent 5 to 8 knot WNW breeze down the lake again and sunshine for the first couple of hours to give some “champagne sailing”.

Racing got underway soon after 1:30, catching out some sailors who hadn’t spotted the change of start time.  John Brierley started well to pick up the first race win, with Bill Culshaw taking the win in Race 2.  John then took three of the next four races, with only Martin Roberts spoiling his run in Race 4, before he had to retire in Race 6 with gear failure when his winch support bracket failed, ending his day.

After a short break, Bill picked up another couple of wins and was more consistent than John, who had two further wins, but got on the wrong side of some Birkenhead shifts and had to use a couple of his results as discards.  Graham Birkett and Peter Baldwin also had a win each in the second session, with some very close finishes for the top three boats in many races.

In the end, the final result after 12 races may have come down to some bad luck for Bill as he picked up a carrier bag in Race 10 and had to retire whilst vying for the lead in that race, which John went on to win.  A great afternoons racing thanks to Bernie and Jack for running things for us again.

  1. John Brierley               84      22pts    6wins
  2. Bill Culshaw                 21       26pts   3wins
  3. Graham Birkett         133      34pts   1 win
  4. Peter Baldwin              63      36pts    1win
  5. Alan Watkinson          23      40pts
  6. Lawrence Drennan    57      50pts
  7. Neil Westbrook           03      51pts
  8. Martin Roberts            22     68pts     1 win

Next week (15/8/20) will be another IOM afternoon starting at 1:30. Please let Graham Elliott know if you would like to join in the fun.

IOM Social racing #5 25/7/20

A light to mid Top suit breeze which blew pretty straight down the lake was the treat for the small but select group of 5 sailors for Social Racing #5 in the IOM.  Racing was close all afternoon until the very last race when Brad managed to pull away from the fleet early on and had a good lead on the chasing pack by the end.  Wins were spread through most of the fleet, with Brad taking the lions share of 6 and never far from the front runners in all other races.  Martin and John had two wins apiece and Peter took one early win when the breeze was a little stronger.  Graham struggled for speed early in the afternoon, but ended the day much nearer the front of the fleet, just missing out on the elusive win in Race 10. Eleven races were sailed at a good pace by 16:45 after the 14:00 start.  Brad easily gained the podium spot, with Martin and John tied on an equal set of results (after discards) and so the result went down to the final race where Martin finished ahead of John.  Thanks to Bernie and Jack for running the racing once again.

Next week (1st August) is RG65 Social racing #2 with a revised start time of 13:30, which will be the new Saturday start time until further notice.

IOM Social racing #4 18/7/20

Another excellent afternoon sailing for the IOM with the maximum number of only 6 boats permitted at the moment.  Ten races were sailed with race wins shared between Martin, John and Bill.  The wind was out of the top right hand corner with the new growth of trees causing interesting wind patterns .

Six races were sailed before a short break and with one discard applied Bill had a narrow lead. Graham with his Widget and Alan in a Britpop were putting in good scores along with Lawrence having a few near misses on the finishing line.

Four more races were sailed after the break with John missing race 7 repairing his boat and Martin took full advantage to narrowly win that race from Bill.  John came back to win races 8 and 9 but it was Martins experience that took race 10 and the overall win.  Only two points separated the top three at the end.  Alan came back well after the break with 3 thirds but again 4th and 5th were also separated by one point.  Some close racing throughout the fleet.

Thanks to Bernie and Jack for running the afternoon. It felt like old times with Jack back.

  1. Martin Roberts          Widget      14pts       4 wins
  2. John Brierley              Britpop     15pts        4 wins
  3. Bill Culshaw               Britpop      16pts       2 wins
  4. Graham Birkett         Widget       31pts
  5. Alan Watkinson        Britpop      32pts
  6. Lawrence Drennan  Britpop      43pts

10 races sailed