After the cancellation of the first RG/DF65 Winter Series a few weeks ago due to high winds, a top suit wind from the clubhouse end, met the five hardy RG sailors for the second event. The fleet comprised of four Uno and one Scurry with the fleet all using their A rigs.
Neil Westbrook got of to a flyer winning the first race. John Brierley then got into his stride winning seven of the ten races with Dave Williams having a well deserved win in one race and Neil finishing, as he started, with a win in the last race. Charles Legg and Alan Watkinson were “in the mix” for most of the races and there were some close finishes.
Thanks to Bernie for running the racing especially when the timer failed and he had to call the time. Next week (is the club IOM Christmas Race, one of the highlights of the Birkenhead RS&PC season.Entry may be made until late on Friday via the event page here
- John Brierley 84 Uno 9pts 7 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 Uno 15pts 2 wins
- Dave Williams 33 Uno 23pts 1 wins
- Charles Legg 26 Uno 27pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Scurry 36pts
After 10 races
In this the last of the 2021 Summer series for both the RG65 and DF65, sailors had to contend with a wide range of wind conditions in strength (0-10kts) and direction (anywhere from NW to SW), although at least the sun shone to warm up proceedings after the morning rain.
The RG65’s started in a low aspect A rig in the stronger and gusty conditions, but most changed up to a full height swing rig after a couple of races as the wind moderated. Peter Baldwin won the first race before John Brierley had a string of 5 consecutive wins, helped in part with Peter not changing up with everyone else, assessing the difference in performance between rigs. After the break, Peter changed up to full height swing rig and proceeded to take the final two races, with racing stopping as the wind disappeared after the earlier 10knot breeze. Behind these two, who took the first two places in each race, Dave Williams and Neil Westbrook shared most of the final podium places with Alan Watkinson managing to take one in Race 4. This left John on top with his five wins to Peter’s three and Dave Williams in third.
Meanwhile, in the fleet of four DF65’s, the wins were shared around quite evenly with Andrew Peter and John Carlin taking three wins each and Derek Matthews the remaining two. This gave a tight podium with Andre on top with 9pts, John in second on 10pts and Derek third with 11pts.
- John Brierley 84 uno 7 pts 5 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 uno 9 pts 3 wins
- Dave Williams 33 uno 19 pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 uno 24 pts
- Charles Legg 26 uno 29 pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Scurry/Argon 32 pts
The final results for this short series of seven events are contained on the Current Standings page here. Next week is the IOM Strebor Open, with two weeks off (one for the Club AGM on the 20th November) before starting the RG/DF65 Winter Series on 27th November.
- Graham Elliot 9 electronica 9pts 8 wins
- John Brierley 84 uno 24pts 3wins
- Martin Roberts 184 pocket rocket 24pts 1 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 pocket rocket 39pts
- Andrea Roberts 55 argon 42pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 pocket rocket 52pts
- Matt Stephenson 08 pocket rocket 72pts
- Dave Williams 33 pocket rocket 73pts
- Graham Elliott 55 Argon 6pts 6 wins
- John Brierley 84 Uno 10pts 2 wins
- Martin Roberts 22 Pocket Rocket 20pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 Pocket Rocket 24pts
- David Potter 20 Pocket Rocket 27pts
- Matt Stephenson 08 Pocket Rocket 33pts
- Dave Williams 33 Pocket Rocket 34pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 Pocket Rocket 36pts
- Mike de St Paer 35 6pts 6 wins
- Colin Deakin 93 18pts
- Derek Mathews 57 18pts
In the hope that racing at the club can re-start on Saturday 5th December, Graham Elliott has planned two Winter Series to take place between 5th December and 3rd April. There will be separate series for IOM’s and RG65 plus DF65 boats (who will sail together on a similar course). There are 8 events in each series and overall results will be based upon a boats best 5 races. Please be aware that if the MYA is unable to confirm that Radio Sailing can restart by the 5th December, IOM Winter Series #1 will have to be cancelled.
Each of the events will start at 12:00 and racing will continue until the light fails or 15:45, whichever occurs first. Booking will be via the Calendar or the home page links and limited at this stage to 13 boats, but increased if the MYA guidance allows it. Please cancel any booking you make, should you be unable to make it, so that someone is able to take your place as we anticipate all places to be filled each week.