14 skippers gathered for our annual Christmas race for IOM’s on the 18th December, with a start at 10.30 to give skippers an extra 30 minutes in bed for this race. The wind was perfect, straight down the lake from the clubhouse end, middle of top suit, shifts that could make you look like a fool or a hero, shifts that could take you from a decent top 3 to bottom 3 in a blink of an eye, the way to sail in these conditions is not to paint yourself into a corner.
15 races were completed on the day with race winners being Brad Gibson (BritPOP!) with 7 wins, Peter Baldwin (Lintel MMX) with 3 wins, Martin Roberts (Vanilla) with 2 wins and a single race win for Darin Ballington, Bill Culshaw and the hungover Paul Allen.
As normal there was no entry fee for the race but a Secret Santa (wrapped gift but no bottles) but before the gifts were handed out we had a bigger presentation, John Brierley our commodore presented Derek Priestley with the Acersail “Top Club” shield that had been residing at Birkenhead for quite a few years, as Fleetwood had pipped Birkenhead for the trophy in the 2021 season.
Many thanks to all competitors for supporting this serious but fun light hearted race and to John Brierley who gave up his sail to run the race with Bernie and Dave Williams and last but by no means least, Jack who opted to stay in the clubhouse and supply everyone with hot drinks.
Have a great Christmas and all the best for the new year.
With one no show and a couple of dropouts due to the weather, there were only 4 sailors on the starting line for the first race of our IOM Winter Series. The forecast wind had increased overnight and so we were greeted with a strong 15 gusting 25+ knot breeze almost straight down the lake, but with some large shifts to contend with. It rained for most of the afternoon and only 8 races were sailed before everyone was getting cold and wet and we called it a day. The last race ended up in a squall and some very difficult tacking into the finish line, clearly supporting the end of racing.
There were, however, smiling faces from everyone after some very close and fast racing in the smallest rig. Martin Roberts was offered the Rubix of Charles Legg, to give it a rare outing in this rig. He proved to be the one to beat and even with a few problems resulting in late starts, he made every race count and ended up with the lions share of 4 wins (out of 8 races sailed) and equal points with Peter Baldwin, sailing a Lintel MMX who had three. Bill Culshaw (Britpop) rounded out the podium with the remaining win and was pushing for the win at the finish of a good number of close races. Big thanks to Bernie who stood in the wind and rain to start and finish the fleet.
- Martin Roberts 25 Rubix 9 pts 4 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel MMX 9 pts 3 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 brit pop 13 pts 1 win
- John Berry 23 Lintel MMX 20 pts
Next week (10/12) is RG/DF65 Winter Series #2 starting at 12:00 and then on 18/12 is the IOM Xmas Race. Please enter if you plan to attend.
Once again the weather served up a great afternoons IOM sailing with an 8-10 knot breeze (with some stronger gusts early on) from the WNW giving a beat up the lake from the Clubhouse end. There some great sun as well, although the temperature at the lakeside caught a few out who arrived in a T shirt having thought that it would be warmer in the sunshine.
Racing got underway soon after 1pm after Peter had shifted the marks around slightly to make the best of the breeze, although start line often proved to be a bit too port biased in the shifting breeze. Bill Culshaw started the day well for the win in Race 1, with Peter Baldwin taking Race 2, before Brad Gibson put together a string of 4 wins before a break for a drink and chat in the sunshine.
Refreshed after the break Andrea Roberts took Race 7, then Brad added another win in Race 8. Not to be outdone in the friendly family duel that ran all afternoon, Martin Roberts gained an important win in Race 9, before Brad rounded out the afternoon by winning all of the last three races. This comfortably gave Brad the afternoon, with Peter in second only one point ahead of Andrea in third who won the family duel by 4 points from Martin.
There was some very close racing throughout the fleet with many photo finishes to cope with by our usual finishing team of Jack and Bernie. Thanks to them as usual and to everyone for sailing on a taxing afternoon with good rules observance and some very helpful comments and advice from our top helms.
There is another afternoon of IOM sailing next week starting at 1pm. If you would like to join in and don’t have a boat, get in touch with Club Captain Andrew Peter (email in Contact Section) and I am sure he will try and sort a loan boat out.
- Brad Gibson 62 britpop 12pts 8 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel MMX 27pts 1 win
- Andrea Roberts 122 Vanilla 28pts 1 win
- Martin Roberts 22 A2 32pts 1 win
- John Brierley 84 britpop 41pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 britpop 49pts 1 win
- Alan Watkinson 23 britpop 64pts
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 77pts
- Mike Wlliamson 43 TS2 96pts
After 12 races
A total of 11 sailors turned out for the third in this series of individual IOM club race days for an afternoon of racing in a good but cool top suit breeze straight down the lake (WNW) and plenty of sunshine. Racing got underway soon after 1pm following some minor course tweaks by the Commodore after last weeks RG65 racing. With plenty of shifts to either make good gains or catch you out, the racing was close with place changes throughout the fleet in most races.
Martin Roberts set the pace by winning race 1, followed by Bill Culshaw taking race 2 by a big margin having picked up a great shift on the RHS of the course soon after the start whilst most of the fleet was tacking up the near bank. He followed this up with wins in races 3 and 5 with John Brierley gaining his first win in race 4. Martin then won the race 6 before a short break was taken, with the overall result al to play for in the next 6 races.
The “re-fuelling” break helped Peter Baldwin gain his first win in race 7, before Martin picked up his third win in race 8. John took race 9 and Dave Burke race 10 having been second in a number of previous races. John then gained his third win in race 11 and Peter rounded out the afternoon with the final win. So the wins were spread over 5 different helms and the final points were very close, with only one point separating Martin in first and John second and then two points between Peter in third and Bill, fourth. Thanks once again to Bernie and Jack for running the afternoon. Photos courtesy of Dave Williams.
- Martin Roberts 22 A2 25pts 3 wins
- John Brierley 84 brit pop 26pts 3 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel MMX 31pts 2 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 brit pop 33pts 3 wins
- Dave Burke 30 brit pop 41pts 1 win
- Neil Westbrook 03 Widget 56pts
- Tre Joinville 94 Lintel 57pts
- Andrew Peter 66 V9 62pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 brit pop 80pts
- Mike Williamson 43 TS2 82pts
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 105pts
After 12 races
If anyone in the club (or prospective members) would like to try sailing an IOM, then Andrew Peter has a couple of race ready IOM’s to loan out. Please make contact with him at the club or through the contact pages if you wish to give it a try. There may be other loan boats available in the club if both of those are used up in the future. We would love more sailors to experience the buzz of close competitive racing available at the club in this fleet.