18 sailors arrived expecting a decent wind, but it was not to be until the last few races. Malcolm our OD set us off on a course using all the marks on the lake which was interesting, but unfortunately took 30 mins to complete. In addition, during this race the wind direction unfortunately changed 180 degrees making it very difficult to identify positions on the finish line.
A series of short races followed, making it then possible to manage 9 races. Thanks again to Malcolm running the races under difficult conditions.
- Richard Robinson 13 pts 3 wins
- Mike de St Paer 23 pts. 1 win
- James Douglas 30 pts 2 wins
- Andrew Potter 30 pts. 1 win
- John Carlin 31 pts
- Alan Watkinson 40 pts 2 wins
- Richard Walker 44 pts
- Neil Westbrook 48 pts
- David Williams 49 pts
- Don Mackinnon 61 pts
- Dan Skinner 65 pts
- Stan Metcalf 70 pts
- Charles Legg 74 pts
- Tony Marsden 81 pts
- Barry Baugh 86 pts
- Sally Collings 103 pts
- John Beech 106 pts
- Ken Roscoe. 125 pts
14 sailors arrived to find a bright & crisp morning with a medium breeze circa 15knots blowing straight down the lake. A rigs were chosen as the order of the day.
OOD Richard Robinson set a course using the full length of the lake utilizing the top windward & Leeward gate marks and finishing midway up the second beat.
10 races were completed with the wind providing some challenging switches in direction with James Douglas leading the pack home with a tie for 2nd broken only on count back between Mike & Dave.
- James Douglas 73 13 pts 5x1st
- Mike De St Paer 35 21 pts 2x1st, 2x2nd, 3x3rd
- David Williams 233 21 pts 2x1st, 2x2nd, 2x3rd
- John Carlin 11 24 pts 1x1st
- Simon Bates 69 31 pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 42 pts
- Don MacKinnon 933 44 pts
- Paul Little 45 60 pts
- Richard Walker 39 62 pts
- John Beech 80 83 pts
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 83 pts
- Paul Whaley 53 87 pts
- Charles Legg 21 92 pts
- Sally Collings 829 94 pts
11 sailors turned up to race today and with A rigs chosen we had to wait for a while for the wind to decide in which direction it was going to take.
After the wind changed direction by 90 degrees a course was set by OOD Neil Westbrook using the far bank as the wind had died from the house side of the lake
A rectangular course was set using the full length of the lake and 10 races were completed in the difficult shifty winds but at least the weather was kind to us.
- JOHN BRIERLEY 84 9 pts
- RICHARD ROBINSON 901 21 pts
- JOHN CARLING 11 25 pts
- SALLY COLLINGS 829 30 pts
- RICHARD WALKER 39 33 pts
- DON METCALFE 933 34 pts
- JAMES DOUGLAS 73 51 pts
- CHRIS WESTON 194 57 pts 1-3RD
- STAN METCALFE 2146 57 pts 1-6TH
- PAUL WHALEY 53 63 pts
Ten intrepid sailors arrived to do battle in the coldest windiest day of the year. The biting wind from the clubhouse end was more or less straight but with heavy gusts making the boats perform several deviations.
Unfortunately several boats had minor problems but trying to fix these with very cold fingers seemed impossible with the last few races down to five starters. We have to thank Dave Williams for being OD and running the ten races.
- John Brierley 11 pts 5 wins
- Richard Robinson 16 pts 2 wins
- John Carlin 24 pts 1 win
- James Douglas 29 pts
- Mike de St Paer 34 pts 1 win
- John Beech 51 pts
- Sally Collings 55 pts 1 win
- Malcolm Harvey 64 pts
- Graham Birkett 67 pts
- Charles Legg 78 pts
14 skippers gathered for our annual Christmas race for IOM’s on the 18th December, with a start at 10.30 to give skippers an extra 30 minutes in bed for this race. The wind was perfect, straight down the lake from the clubhouse end, middle of top suit, shifts that could make you look like a fool or a hero, shifts that could take you from a decent top 3 to bottom 3 in a blink of an eye, the way to sail in these conditions is not to paint yourself into a corner.
15 races were completed on the day with race winners being Brad Gibson (BritPOP!) with 7 wins, Peter Baldwin (Lintel MMX) with 3 wins, Martin Roberts (Vanilla) with 2 wins and a single race win for Darin Ballington, Bill Culshaw and the hungover Paul Allen.
As normal there was no entry fee for the race but a Secret Santa (wrapped gift but no bottles) but before the gifts were handed out we had a bigger presentation, John Brierley our commodore presented Derek Priestley with the Acersail “Top Club” shield that had been residing at Birkenhead for quite a few years, as Fleetwood had pipped Birkenhead for the trophy in the 2021 season.
Many thanks to all competitors for supporting this serious but fun light hearted race and to John Brierley who gave up his sail to run the race with Bernie and Dave Williams and last but by no means last, Jack who opted to stay in the clubhouse and supply everyone with hot drinks.
Have a great Christmas and all the best for the new year.
Graham Elliott All photos by Dave Williams