Light wind and rain at the start of the Wednesday race the wind from the top end of the lake. 6 sailors, but unfortunately Don had transmitter/receiver problems from the start so elected to act as RO. Due to the wind, a short course was sailed but later with the wind filling , the final few races used the full extent of the lake. 10 races were held with race wins going to Richard, John and Dave. Close finishes seem to be the order of the day with fractions of an inch (centimetres) separating the boats. The day went to Richard with his six wins.
- Richard Robinson 11 Pts
- Dave Williams 16 pts
- Neil Westbrook 19 pts
- John Carlin 25 pts
- Malcolm Harvey 40 pts
Thanks again to Don Mackinnon for being RO.
6 members took part in the usual Wednesday Social race. With a very light A+ wind from the clubhouse end Sally showed her skill in mastering the conditions and took three wins but was pushed hard by Mike de St Paer. John Carlin missed the first few races drying out his transmitter after a involuntary dunking! With the wind now increasing the lead changed with John and Mike taking two wins each. The results could have been so different if Derek had not been so keen with his three recalls. Chris was consistently third and will be a sailor to watch in future. This was Barry’s first race and has now certainly got the bug thanks to Charles’s tuition.
- Mike de St Paer 12pts
- Sally Collings 17pts. 3 x 1sts
- Derek Matthews 17pts. 1 x 1st
- Chris Weston 22pts
- John Carlin 23pts
- Barry 33pts
A great wind straight down the lake and not the forecast “houses” wind welcomed the 5 skippers to our clubs latest social IOM race. All rigged up with top suits but Graham decided to make a change to his ‘B’ rig after a quick pre-race practice before the first race which proved to be the correct choice with a convincing win in race 1, a quick rig change break was called after this race to allow all skippers to change down to ‘B’ rig.
The wind stayed with us until race 4 then started to gradually die away giving the Italico an advantage in these under-pressed ‘B’ rig conditions over the fleet, 2 more races were sailed until we called a break that saw everyone changing back to the ‘A’ rigs for the remainder of the afternoon that also saw the wind swing around 30 degrees giving some very interesting shifts and gusts to deal with.
The last 4 races also saw the sacking of Martin with Andrea taking the helm of her pink boat which she had not sailed for some considerable time. With a new trim on the boat, she proved to be a force to be reckoned with, winning 3 of her 4 starts.
It was great to see Derek sailing an IOM for the first time and he proved to be a welcome and very able addition to the fleet, also visitor John sailing well in many races but getting unlucky with the Birkenhead shifts, Charles also had many good races.
Many thanks must go to Bernie and Jack for starting and finishing for the completed 12 races.
- Graham Elliott 65 Italico 10pts 10 wins
- Martin Roberts 55 Gadget 19pts 2 wins
- John Berry 123 Lintel MMX 36pts
- Derek Mathews 91 Gadget 38pts
- Charles Legg 25 Rubix 50pts
Next week will be another RG65/DF65 social race afternoon starting at 13:00. Please enter via the links provided.
A solid NW top suit breeze was the order of the day for the 7 boat fleet. Great to see Mike and Sue back , along with Derek making his debut in the IOM fleet, with a borrowed boat from Andrew.
The story of the afternoon was how you got off the start line. Sudden wind shifts made would define how good a result you would get. At race 5 a tactical chat with the fleet would mean the fleet would get more consistent starts. So an afternoon of good and average sailing, shifts and nose diving, Thanks to Jack and Bernie . Back for more IOM racing next Saturday starting at 13:00. Please enter via the links to the right or via the Racing Calendar page.
- Martin Roberts Widget 12pts 7 wins
- Mike Parkington Widget 16pts 2 wins
- Graham Birkett Widget 20pts 1 win
- Sue Parkington Britpop 27pts
- Alan Watkinson Britpop 38pts
- Derek Matthews Widget 39pts
- Charles Legg Rubix 52pts
After 10 races
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)