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.
Overall results – RG65
- 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
Andrew Peter 919 9 pts 3 wins
John Carlin 11 10 pts 3 wins
Derek Mathews 57 11 pts 2 wins
Paul Little 45 23 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.
The first of the RG65/DF65 today at Birkenhead, unfortunately the wind was from the South which for anyone that wants to know is the houses wind, not ideal, and difficult to lay a course but Peter once again donned the waders and did his best. All the RG’s were in there top swing rigs except for Martin that had borrowed Johns Pocket Rocket for the event but John chose to supply Martin with a slightly lower aspect top suit that did disadvantage him on the day but he’s still a tough nut to crack. The DF’s all chose the A plus rig.
The DF’s and RG’s all start on the same gun but the DF’s had a slightly shortened course, this option of racing does seem to work when sailing a mixed fleet, giving plenty of practice on a loaded start line.
The wind started off with quite a few vicious gusts but as the day went on these gusts vanished and the wind swung around about 20 degrees making more of a reaching course unfortunately, still plenty of skill required though looking for those pockets of wind and shifts.
The racing proved to be very close on the day with only 16 points separating 3rd-8th in the RG fleet, Graham and John sharing all 8 wins between them took 1st and 2nd, unfortunately we lost Peter after race 5 with a split tyre on his car and this needed to be changed before his journey home. The DF fleet was dominated by Mike who took all 8 races, well done.
Well done also to Bernie who started and finished us, having to walk round to the top bank to accurately get our finishing scores kept his steps up.
The club has gone from strength to strength in these lockdown periods that have stopped us travelling further afield, lets keep this level of entries and quality up in 2021 and hopefully we will see the fruits of this when travelling is open again.
- 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.
Another ‘Marathon’ Session, starting at 11.00am, with 16 races completed by the 4.00pm finish. 5 x RG65 and 2 x DF 65’s competed, in a moderate but shifty Northerly force 3- 4 breeze, with some tricky gusts and swirls firing down through the gaps in the buildings. ( Bring back the trees ?! )
Derek Matthews had to leave early, and Brad Gibson arrived late, so the results may be slightly skewed, but Graham Elliott took the overall win for the day, with 9 x 1sts, Brad with 7 x 1st’s took 2nd overall, with Peter Baldwin definitely ‘off-form’ , taking 3rd overall with no wins but 6 x 2nd’s.
The RG’s won the day on pure speed, but the DF65’s, sailing a slightly shorter course, were not far behind, with Andrew Peter taking 4 x 3rds and 5th overall, proving that DF’s can compete successfully on these mixed RG / DF Race days (with the help of a slightly shorter course).
Very enjoyable sailing, with cakes very kindly provided at break times by Alan Watkinsons’ wife Jocelyn , and thanks once again to RO Bernie doing us proud, as ever.
- Graham Elliott 55 Argon 17pts 9 wins
- Brad Gibson 9 Electronica 31pts 7 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 Pocket Rocket 35pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Scurry 43pts
- Andrew Peter 919 DF65 52pts
- Dave Williams 33 Pocket Rocket 63pts
- Derek Mathews 57 DF65 88pts
Start times will now revert to the normal 13.00hrs for all future Saturday racing with room for plenty more sailors to compete. A booking system will be created to allow online booking. More details will be published soon.
We return to IOM racing for the next two weeks. If you wish to join us and have a go, boats are available to loan for anyone wanting to sail. – contact Andrew Peter (see contacts pages)