IOM Social racing #3 4/7/20

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:

  1. Brad Gibson                 2      8pts
  2. Martin Roberts         55      11pts
  3. Bill Culshaw               21       17pts (1 win)
  4. Graham Elliott          27      17pts  (0 win)
  5. Peter Baldwin            63      26pts
  6. Lawrence Drennan  57      37pts

IOM Winter 2019 #7 7/3/20

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.

  1. Graham Elliott          27              12pts   7 wins
  2. Bill Culshaw               21               33pts    1 win
  3. John Brierley              84             33pts
  4. John Berry                   112            40pts    1 win
  5. Neil Westbrook           03           41pts
  6. Peter Baldwin              63           50pts    2 wins
  7. Lawrence Drennen    57           50pts
  8. Howard Garner           67           53pts
  9. Dave Burke                   30           55pts
  10. Charles Legg                25           75pts
  11. Ken Jones                      71            82pts      

After 11 races

RG65 & DF65 Winter Series #4 15/02/20

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.

RG result

  1. Peter Baldwin            63            14pts       4 wins
  2. Neil Westbrook         03            16pts       5 wins
  3. Alan Wilkinson          23            22pts      2 wins
  4. Dave Williams            33            30pts

DF result

  1. Andrew Peter             19             9pts        10 wins
  2. John Carlin                  11            20pts
  3. Richard Robinson     01           26pts         1 win

Next week (22nd February) is round 6 of the IOM Winter series.

IOM Winter 2019 #5 8/2/20

With storm Ciara about to hit our country some skippers chose to stay away but 8 skippers saw the opportunity to enjoy yet another days great sailing at Birkenhead with the sun shining and a good top suit wind with plenty of gusts to contend with.
After a closely fought battle over 12 races it was Brad Gibson who took the win with 6 wins sailing his Red Wine from Graham Elliott sailing his Widget.
Again, thanks to Bernie, Jack and Dave for running the race, much appreciated.
  1. Brad Gibson                   2            14pts     6 wins
  2. Graham Elliott            27           16pts     6 wins
  3. David Potter                 20           29pts
  4. Bill Culshaw                 21            44pts
  5. John Berry                    112           45pts
  6. Neil Westbrook           03           51pts
  7. Lawrence Drennan    57           61pts
  8. John Pemberton        114           79pts

DragonForce Winter Series #5 5/2/20

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.
  1. John Brierley                 84      14pts
  2. Richard Robinson        01      17pts
  3. Neil Westbrook             03     24pts
  4. John Carlin                      11      33pts
  5. Alan Watkinson          373     38pts
  6. Don MacKinnon         983     40pts
  7. Dave Pickup                   86      41pts
  8. Mike St Paer                   35      50pts.   1x3rd
  9. Richard Walker             39      50pts   0x3rd
  10. Chris Weston               194      67pts.
10 races sailed

RG65 & DF65 Winter Series #3 Report & Results

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.

RG65’s

  1. Peter Baldwin             63             13pts   7 wins
  2. Neil Westbrook           03             19pts   2 wins
  3. Alan Watkinson          23             26pts    3 wins
  4. Dave Williams             33             31pts

DF65’s

  1. Andrew Peter              919            10pts    11wins
  2. David Bradley               98            23pts
  3. Rob Andrews               835            35pts
  4. Charles Legg                   13            41pts
  5. Keith Pizzey                   517          44pts
  6. Russell Owens              903          55pts
  7. John Carlin                       11            60pts     1 win

12 races sailed