- Graham Elliott electronica 12pts 7 wins
- Peter Baldwin uno 17pts 4 wins
- Martin Roberts pocket rocket 38pts
- John Brierley uno 46pts 2 x 2nd
- Alan Watkinson uno 46pts
- Neil Westbrook uno 52pts
- Dave Williams uno 57pts
- Vernon Appleton Shadow 62pts
- Graham Elliott electronica 9pts 11 wins
- Alan Watkinson Uno 26pts
- Martin Roberts PocketRocket/Uno 29pts
- Charles Legg Uno 36pts
- Neil Westbrook Uno 39pts
- Dave Williams Uno 44pts
Racing got underway soon after 12:00 after Peter had rearranged all of the marks following the recent ice which had moved everything around. There was a decent Top suit breeze from the far end with occasional gusts causing some nose diving at times and plenty of shifts to gain (or lose) places on the course.
Peter took the win in Race 1 after splitting from Martin and John at the leeward gate before the finish, then catching a significant lift to jump from third to first. John then took races 2, 3 and 5, with Peter picking up race 4 and Martin race 6 and a short break. After the break, Peter took 5 of the 6 races sailed, with Martin managing to pick up one win to spoil the run.
John retired after seven races as he was suffering with a bad leak and spent the time identifying the cause. Charles and Martin also unfortunately lost a few races each after losing contact with their boats. There was, however, plenty of close racing throughout the fleet though, with nearly all of the fleet having some time at the front.
This left Peter as clear winner after 12 races and what had been a very close first session, with Martin second and John hanging onto third even counting three DNC’s. Thanks go to Bill Culshaw for running racing at a great pace and managing to fit 12 races in before 3:30. Next week is back to racing for the IOM with race 5 of the Winter Series.
- Peter Baldwin 63 Uno 13pts
- Martin Roberts 133 Pocket Rocket 21pts
- John Brierley 84 Uno 37pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 Uno 40pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 Uno 43pts (3x3rd)
- Dave Williams 33 Uno 43pts (2x3rd)
- Charles Legg 26 Uno 59pts
We arrived to find a decent breeze from the West, but with a lake full to overflowing. Neil and Alan set to and cleared the overflow, although even by the end of sailing at 15:30, the level had only decreased by an inch or so.
Peter moved a few marks around and replaced some that had floated to the leeward shore because of the lake level and racing got started soon after 12:00 with most boats sporting their C rigs (where available). Although 8 sailors arrived, we only had a maximum of 5 boats on the water at any time and occasionally only 2! The wind took its toll on most if not all boats with rig and servo failures and others having to bow out due to the lack of a C Rig or problems with the walkway being flooded.
Wins were shared out among the 4 RG’s with John taking four (and the win overall), Peter and Martin three each and Alan one. Clive was the sole DF65 today as he was unable to get anyone else to join him for the afternoon. Racing was close at times, although equally someone could gain a good lead if they picked up a gust at the windward mark and leave everyone in their wake.
Thanks to Dave for running the most of the races having loaned his boat to Martin who gave it a good run later with a bigger rig especially when the wind abated slightly.
- John Brierley Uno 84 14pts
- Peter Baldwin Uno 63 17pts
- Martin Roberts Uno 33 28pts
- Alan Watkinson Uno 23 33pts
- Clive Warren DF65 53 9pts
- Graham Elliott Argon 89 8pts 4 wins
- John Brierley Uno 84 10pts 2 wins
- Alan Watkinson Uno 23 15pts 1 win
- Dave Williams Uno 33 24 pts
- Neil Westbrook Pocket Rocket 03 26pts
- Charles Legg Uno 26 31 pts
During the break a local landed his plane on the lake: see here
As a follow on from last weeks RG65 TT, the final event in the Summer series for the RG65 and DF65 took place today on a course that was very similar to last Sunday. Only 5 RG65’s and one Df65 turned out this week, with a few busy on other activities and Neil who very kindly acted as our RO for today. The RG’s sailed a full sized course, with the lone DF65 sailing to the same windward marks at the clubhouse end and then using the outer start mark as a rounding mark instead of the gate used by the RG65’s
Race 1 started bang on time, with several different options and opinions on which rig to choose in the slightly gusty 6 to 10 knot breeze. Was it a full size swing rig, low aspect swing or full size conventional? Peter started well and took the win in the first three races in his full size conventional, with John undecided on low aspect swing or conventional before finally opting for the swing rig and winning race 4. Peter then took race 5 again before a short break.
After the break, John took the wins in Races 6, 7, 10 and 11 with Peter picking up races 8 and 9. Racing however was very close most of the time throughout the fleet all afternoon. It was often down to whether anyone was in just the right spot to get the lift or have wind when nobody else did.
Thanks go to Neil for running the racing and Bernie for making the brew at half time. Next week is the start of the Winter Open series with IOM racing first and each week starting at 12:00.
- Peter Baldwin 63 Uno 13 pts (6 wins)
- John Brierley 84 Uno 13pts (5 wins)
- Alan Watkinson 23 Uno 25pts
- Bill Culshaw 23 Scurry 31pts
- Dave Williams 33 Uno 34pts
Our Lone DF65 was Clive Warren, who was well in the mix at the finish sailing on an A rig and a shorter course.