After last weeks IOM racing all of the marks needed repositioning to get a decent course for this weeks racing with a decent A rig (RG65) and A+ rig breeze from the WNW. Racing started very soon after 12:00 with the four RG65’s sailing 10 metres further up the lake than the seven DF65’s (including four visitors from Gresford).
In the RG65 fleet of Pocket Rockets, Alan Watkinson used his tall A conventional rig to good effect and took wins in the first two races. Peter Baldwin then got into a groove and won the next 5, before a break for lunch and a hot drink. Suitably refreshed after lunch, Neil Westbrook took 2 wins from the next three races and Alan had a further win, before Peter took the final two races, with the wind by now easing a few knots as the sun went down.
Andrew Peter had a commanding day in the DF65 fleet, winning eleven out of the twelve races. Only John Carlin managed to keep him from the podium, before he had to retire with some winch troubles. David Bradley and Bob Andrews from Gresford both came close to beating Andrew in a number of races, with the result only being decided in the last few metres to the line.
An excellent day of 12 races with close racing in both fleets. Thanks once again to Jack and Bernie for running our racing and making drinks at lunchtime. Our visitors from Gresford enjoyed the “Birkenhead Experience” and have promised to return for the final event in this Winter series, which takes place on Saturday 15th February.
- Peter Baldwin 63 13pts 7 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 19pts 2 wins
- Alan Watkinson 23 26pts 3 wins
- Dave Williams 33 31pts
- Andrew Peter 919 10pts 11wins
- David Bradley 98 23pts
- Rob Andrews 835 35pts
- Charles Legg 13 41pts
- Keith Pizzey 517 44pts
- Russell Owens 903 55pts
- John Carlin 11 60pts 1 win
12 races sailed
A nice 6 to 8 knots straight down the lake from the clubhouse greeted the 10 sailors today for the second of the RG65 & DF65 Winter Series. There were four visitors (only 3 sailing) from Gresford who helped swell the DF65 fleet to 5 and five club Pocket Rocket’s competing in the RG65 section. Racing got underway very shortly after 12:00 with a Windward/Leeward course and separate windward marks for each fleet, well set-out by John Brierley.
In the DF65 fleet, Richard Robinson had the best day winning eight of the eleven races, with visitor David Bradley pushing him hard later in the day for two wins and the final win taken by Andrew Peter, before he had to leave early. As the light faded Richard was a clear winner on 10 points, David second on 19 and Bob Andrews (Gresford) in third, only three points ahead of Russel Owens (Gresford), who improved markedly during the day to be one of the top three at the end.
The RG65 fleet ended up being a two way fight for the top spot between Peter Baldwin and John Brierley, although both Neil Westbrook and Alan Watkinson also had spells at the front of the fleet during many of the races. At the end, Peter scraped the overall win with six firsts to John’s five, having overtaken John in the last race just30 metres to the line. A day of very close racing much of the time, with no clear indication of the “right way” up the beat and lots of guessing going on which sometimes paid off. A day that ended with only a light 3 knot breeze when a light keel seemed to pay off.
Thanks once again to Bernie for running the racing today – the last racing at Birkenhead in 2019. See you in 2020 on January 8th (DF65) or 11th (IOM)
- Richard Robinson 01 10pts
- David Bradley 98 19pts
- Rob Andrews 835 30pts
- Russel Owens 903 33pts
- Andrew Peter 919 38pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 12pts
- John Brierley 84 13pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 26pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 33pts
- David Williams 33 41pts
Following the AGM discussion, three more dates have been allocated to RG65/DF65 open events over the Winter on a Saturday. The dates are in the Calendar as:
- Saturday 21st December
- Saturday 18th January
- Saturday 15th February
The start time will be 12:00 with no start scheduled to be after 16:00. Visitors are most welcome. Clubhouse open from approximately 11:00, with hot drinks available .
A very wet and millpond conditions met the 4 RG65s and 6 DF65s for a joint afternoons racing at Birkenhead. The wind barely got above a zephyr all afternoon but in the end 8 races were completed with the wind generally from the NW.
Continue reading “RG65 & DF65 Winter Open”
The dates for this years Winter Series have now been published in the 2019 Calendar.
This year there will be a series of 8 afternoons of racing for IOM’s starting on the 9th November. This follows the Strebor IOM meeting which takes place on the 26th October (Start time 10:00). In addition, there is also the Xmas Race on 14th December which will this year again be raced in the IOM class (Start Time 10:30)
Due to the success of the RG65/DF65 race days over the Summer, it has been decided that there will also be some events for these classes. The first of these will take place on Saturday 26th October.
With the reduced light conditions during the Winter, each race day will start at 12:00 rather than the summer time of 13:00, in the hope that this will allow a good number of races to be run before the light goes. No race will start after 16:00.
As a final reminder, the last two afternoons in the Summer Series of IOM racing take place on Saturday the 5th and 19th October. The last in the series has been changed from 12th October due to a clash with other events.
A wet and windy day greeted competitors for the last RG65 series race. Four Pocket Rockets and one DF65 sailed the same course this week with the wind coming out of the Top left hand corner. Seven races were completed by the tea break with everyone in B Rigs, when Neil had to leave early and then 3 more were sailed after tea in A Rigs to complete the day.
Racing was very close with Dave showing good speed to register 3 wins with John taking out the other races. Alan with a new conventional A rig he has made,was also showing good speed on the race course.
With the 10 races completed an extended final race was held for a bit of fun, with the only DF 65 sailed by Andrew leading for most of the race only to be pipped at the post by the RG65 of John.
Thanks go again to Bernie and Jack for running the races on such a wet afternoon.
1st John Brierley 9pts
2nd Dave Williams 15pts
3rd Alan Watkinson 20pts
4th Neil Westbrook 29pts
Andrew Peter 27pts
Series results are available on the Current Standings page