As everyone arrived for sailing this week, they were greeted with another great 12-15knot breeze straight down the lake and some sunshine after the heavy rain earlier in the day. The only problem was that the lake was about 5m wider than normal with the concrete walkway completely covered all around the lake. After spending some considerable time attempting to clear the overflow blockage without success, sailing commenced at 1:30, with wellingtons or waders being the only way to get your boat in the water.
John Brierley and Martin Roberts were closely matched in the first session with a similar number of wins, with only Peter Baldwin managing to nab one from them. John Berry, Lawrence Drennan and Derek Matthews all had some good races before the short break for an al fresco drink and a bite to eat.
In the second session, we were joined by Brad Gibson sailing John Berrys’ Viper to good effect, although his results have been excluded to avoid skewing the overall result. John, Martin and Peter had similar results in this session, with Neil Westbrook and Tre Joinville also picking up some good scores. John took the day from Martin with slightly better consistency, with Peter taking the final podium position. Thanks once again to Bernie and Jack for running the racing.
- John Brierley 84 Britpop 12pts 4 wins
- Martin Roberts 22 Slim chine 14pts 4 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel mmx 18pts 2 wins
- John Berry 123 Lintel mmx 35pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 Britpop 37pts
- Derek Mathews 66 V9 45pts
- Tre Joinville 55 Widget 47pts 1 x 3rd
- Neil Westbrook 03 Widget 47pts
After 10 races
Next week is scheduled to be a DF65 afternoon, always assuming that we are still able to race with talk of a restricted local lockdown. It may be worth bringing some wellies though if you are sailing! Here’s what it was like on Saturday:
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.
- Graham Elliott 65 Italico 10pts 10 wins
- Martin Roberts 55 Gadget 19pts 2 wins
- John Berry 123 Lintel MMX 36pts
- Derek Mathews 91 Gadget 38pts
- 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.
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.
- Martin Roberts Widget 12pts 7 wins
- Mike Parkington Widget 16pts 2 wins
- Graham Birkett Widget 20pts 1 win
- Sue Parkington Britpop 27pts
- Alan Watkinson Britpop 38pts
- Derek Matthews Widget 39pts
- Charles Legg Rubix 52pts
After 10 races
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.
- Martin Roberts 55 Widget 18pts 4 wins
- Graham Elliott 65 Italico 23pts 3 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 BritPOP! 27pts 2 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel MMX 28pts 1 win
- Lawrence Drennan 57 BritPOP! 39pts
- John Brierley 84 BritPOP! 43pts 1 win
- Neil Westbrook 03 Widget 45pts
- 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.
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.
- John Brierley 84 22pts 6wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 26pts 3wins
- Graham Birkett 133 34pts 1 win
- Peter Baldwin 63 36pts 1win
- Alan Watkinson 23 40pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 50pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 51pts
- 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.
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.