Today turned out to be one of the warmest days of the year on the Wirral, with final temperatures reaching 30C, but at least the Easterly breeze was still with us, with an average of probably 6-8 knots, but holes (2knots) and gusts of 12+ knots causing a few nose dives and boats out of control, especially in the last race.
Peter donned the waders and made a few tweaks to Wednesdays course, but in the end the wind was a lot straighter by the time we started and this resulted in a bit too much port bias on the line. Peter and Martin slugged it out for overall honours with 5 wins each. However, the consistent Martin took the day in the Pocket Rocket with his swing rig further forward and the boat living up to the “Rocket” name.
There were strong performances at times during the day from John, Bill (Ivy) and Clive once he changed to a conventionally rigged Pocket Rocket following electrical problems. A number of boats had gear and electrical failures during the day causing one or more lost races for 6 of the 8 boats. Was it the warm day or just bad luck?
Line watching and results recording was done by the fleet for half the races, until John Carlin paid a visit and helped out in the middle session; so thanks John.
- Martin Roberts 133 Pocket Rocket 11pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 Uno 14pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 Ivy 30pts
- Clive Warren 184/163 Scuttle/Pocket 33pts
- Dave Williams 33 Uno 39pts
- John Brierley 84 3D print proto 42pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Uno 43pts
- Charles Legg 26 Uno 48pts
A depleted turnout of only 6 sailors due to illness, Graham competing in France, Martin competing in Lincoln and some off on holidays. A really good sunny afternoon with a decent wind from the top end of the lake with quite a few shifts to gamble on.
A bad first race for Bill with his battery failing straight after the start enabled John to take his first win closely followed by Alan in second. The next three races were Bills’ with John and Dave fighting over second place. John managed another two wins but the rest of the day went Bills way with another six wins from a closely followed John.
Further down the fleet, Neil and Clive were having their own private battle with Neil eventually coming out on top.
- Bill Culshaw Ivy 11 pts 9wins
- John Brierley Uno 17 pts 3 wins
- Alan Watkinson Uno 29 pts
- Dave Williams Uno 41 pts
- Neil Westbrook Uno 45 pts
- Clive Warren Scuttle 48 pts
A bright and warm Spring day with a shifty breeze from the Clubhouse greeted the large turnout of 9 boats for this first in the Summer Series for the RG65. Bill Culshaw put his new Ivy hull on the water for the first time adding to the regular RG65 fleet at Birkenhead and even with Martin away, Chris Elliott joined us to help boost the turnout.
With National Champion Graham Elliott sailing the electronica, it was always going to be hard to gain a race win and so it proved. In the first session, Graham took six out of seven wins, with only Peter Baldwin snatching one win after a fortunate leeward gate split. John Brierley was usually in the podium group, but didn’t get any luck to pick up a win with Bill also getting some good results for a first time on the water.After a break, the wind was also having a rest and switched to being more over the houses at times along with some long term holes. Chris had a great second session with three wins, although the Ivy in the hands of Brad was well up there for a potential (non-counting) win in 4 of the races. John continued his consistent form, still no wins and Peter fell out of contention after his rudder servo failed soon after the start of race 9. There was also close racing through the rest of the fleet with Alan and Neil tied for 5th and 6th place, split only on the basis of Neil’s two third places. The final result was no surprise with Graham in first, followed by the consistent John in second and Chris taking third spot.A great day on the water thanks to the combined efforts of Bernie, Bill and Brad for running the racing, Bill and Brad for the photos and Bernie for manning the galley at “half-time”.
More photos from Bill and Brad via the Flikr Album here
Next week is the IOM Veterans Championship on Saturday and Sunday, with racing over the whole day.
1st Graham Elliott electronica 12 pts 8 wins
2nd John Brierley Uno 27 pts
3rd Chris Elliott Uno 31 pts 3 wins
4th Peter Baldwin Uno 39 pts 1 win
5th Neil Westbrook Uno 53 pts 2 x 3rds
6th Alan Watkinson Uno 53 pts
7th Bill Culshaw Ivy 56 pts
8th Charles Legg Uno 60 pts
9th Dave Williams Uno 71 pts
after 12 races
The forecast of 17mph from the West was pretty close, although I am guessing it may have been a little less with gusts in the low 20’s, proving tricky if you didn’t have a B rig to use. Dave had to use his C rig for the first session as his B is in “the garage” but was underpowered and so later changed up to the A, but could then be over powered if we had a strong gust, but it was certainly quick downwind in the lighter patches. John C in his borrowed Pocket Rocket was in a B swing and everyone else had B conventional of varying sizes and setup. We were a little depleted today with only 5 entries, with people away at Ranking events and on holiday
John had a masthead rigged pocket luff sail that certainly had the edge upwind on everyone at the start of the day, not losing out enough downwind to take the first three wins, with Alan picking up a couple of seconds. Peter then found a bit of a groove and took the next two wins, before an early lunch break as with the wind dropping slightly a few wanted to change up. John B had a slightly larger B rig which didn’t perform as well, allowing Peter another win and after one race John changed back to the pocket luff. This initially seemed to pay off and he took another couple of wins, albeit with some close racing with Peter and Alan around the course. Unfortunately, John B then had some bad luck being dropped in the odd hole which could appear around you without warning and this allowed Peter to take the last 4 wins, albeit with some close finishes.
After 12 races were completed, Peter took the day with 7 wins, with John B second on 5 wins, followed by Alan in third. John Carlin had a good day for only his second outing in an RG65 with swing rig finishing a few points behind Alan, even after losing one race due to a rig issue.
- Peter Baldwin 63 Uno 13pts
- John Brierley 84 Uno 15pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Uno 32pts
- John Carlin 163 Pocket Rocket 37pts
- Dave Williams 33 Uno 44pts
Thanks as usual to Bernie for running the racing again today and making a brew at lunchtime. Next week is the last week of the IOM Winter series (12:00 start), before we move onto the start of the Summer series for the DF/RG65 on 8th April with a 13:00 start.