This Saturday was race 3 of the lockdown 6 boat bubble . Instead of the predicted 2nd suit breeze the fleet was to sail in a very light to mid range A suit breeze, sort of from the top end of the lake, with a change on almost every leg of the course all afternoon. Bill came out with the race 1 win with Brad 2nd. 4 races were sailed before our drinks break and Grahams 3 course meal. Along with his big boots it would cost him dear later in the day. Brad had 2 wins and 2 seconds to take a grip on the afternoon. Martin got his first win of the lockdown.
After the break, Brad held his form with 2 more wins and 2 seconds, the last coming from a great recovery. Graham had a 2 and 3 but but races 7 and 8 may be deleted from his note book. Bill came back strong with a 2, 4, 3 in the last 3 races to take 3rd place from Graham. Peter came good in the better breeze in race 7 with a 3rd. Martin converted his good starts in race 7 & 8 into race wins, Race 8 had a blanket finish. We had a beer or fanta and a debrief after a hard afternoons racing. Overall results after 8 races:
- Brad Gibson 2 8pts
- Martin Roberts 55 11pts
- Bill Culshaw 21 17pts (1 win)
- Graham Elliott 27 17pts (0 win)
- Peter Baldwin 63 26pts
- Lawrence Drennan 57 37pts
The seventh Winter IOM race saw 11 boats commence battle in todays racing. The wind was a fickle and gusty South-Westerly blowing over the houses, with frequent and large shifts anywhere from the West to the South throughout the day. The interest of the very shifty conditions was occasionally complicated with strong and localised gusts that might flatten boats sailing a few metres away from others completely unaffected.
The course was set with 2 close reaches/diagonal beats and 2 runs on each lap, making best use of the lake and 11 races were completed. The racing was challenging with many people in mid fleet gaining or losing multiple places from wind shifts, while the top skippers were starting and sailing consistently well. Graham Elliot dominated the day with 7 wins, followed by Bill Culshaw in 2nd, and John Brierley taking 3rd and a notable 4th from John Berry who also won a race.
Many thanks to Bernie and Jack for officiating, and Dave Williams for calling the start.
Here’s hoping the final winter series race on the 21 st , will have some warm sunshine and a decent wind blowing along the length of the lake, as that would make a nice change.
- Graham Elliott 27 12pts 7 wins
- Bill Culshaw 21 33pts 1 win
- John Brierley 84 33pts
- John Berry 112 40pts 1 win
- Neil Westbrook 03 41pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 50pts 2 wins
- Lawrence Drennen 57 50pts
- Howard Garner 67 53pts
- Dave Burke 30 55pts
- Charles Legg 25 75pts
- Ken Jones 71 82pts
After 11 races
Another week on and another storm in the form of Dennis threatened to batter the boats at this, the last of the RG65/DF65 Winter series. As it turned out, the club happened to be in a fortunate location with manageable winds and very little rain. The average direction at the start was SSE and so diagonally across the lake from the clubhouse to the far corner.
Four RG’s and three DF’s were on the start line for the first race after John Brierleys journey from North Wales was blocked by floods and fallen trees and other visitors decided that Dennis was going to cause problems for their journey. The three DF’s opted for their B rig due to the expected gusts whilst in the RG’s there was a mix of B swings and low aspect A conventional rigs.
Key to getting a good result was keeping the boat moving and being on the right tack for the rapid shifts that occurred. Boats could be overpowered in a gust one second and sat waiting for the wind the next. Seven races were completed before tea with some strong gusts causing problems downwind for most boats. At the break Neil had three wins, with Alan and Peter two apiece in the RG fleet. Andrew took the lions share of 6 wins in the DF fleet with Richard one, having taken the first.
After the break, the wind initially seemed to have moderated due to the light rain now falling, but the rain soon stopped and the gusts started again, some of which were from a S or SSW direction. After completing 11 races, the RG wins were shared between Neil (conventional A) with 5, Peter (swing B) with 4 and Alan (conventional A) taking 2 wins. Peter took the day by two points from Neil who had an unfortunate sinking feeling during the last race, with Alan in third. Andrew comfortably took the overall win in the DF fleet with 10 wins, with John Carlin second after Richard dropped out at race 6.
- Peter Baldwin 63 14pts 4 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 16pts 5 wins
- Alan Wilkinson 23 22pts 2 wins
- Dave Williams 33 30pts
- Andrew Peter 19 9pts 10 wins
- John Carlin 11 20pts
- Richard Robinson 01 26pts 1 win
Next week (22nd February) is round 6 of the IOM Winter series.
A beautiful sunny morning greeted the 10 DF65s to Birkenhead with A+ rigs the order of the day. Racing was moved to the east bank by Race Officer Ernie, to give a windward / leeward course, but with the recent high winds there was a lot of debris along the bank and competitors that took the right hand gate kept clear of obstructions, whilst the left hand gate was the favoured one to gain the lift of the bank but the risk of picking up twigs was high.
There were four race winners and Don gained his first win with Neil having the most wins with 4. Again it was the consistency of John to take the win, with Richard rapidly improving and take second place. John C also had a very good day with a steady performance. Thanks once again to Ernie for running the racing.
- John Brierley 84 14pts
- Richard Robinson 01 17pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 24pts
- John Carlin 11 33pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 38pts
- Don MacKinnon 983 40pts
- Dave Pickup 86 41pts
- Mike St Paer 35 50pts. 1x3rd
- Richard Walker 39 50pts 0x3rd
- Chris Weston 194 67pts.
10 races sailed
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