A sunny day greeted the 8 IOM sailors for the 2nd Club Racing afternoon series race. Just in time for racing, the wind settled in from the NW but judging the shifts ensured all sailors were kept on their toes all afternoon.
Twelve races were held, with the boats coming of the water for a break at 14:45 so that the assembled members could observe the National one minute silence for the funeral of HRH Prince Philip at 15:00. With silence around the lake, only the gentle flapping of sails in the background, was to be our tribute to HRH, Patron of the MYA.
Racing was extremely close with all sailors showing towards the front of the fleet at some point. Martin, sailing a new Slimtel was to win 6 races, but the consistency of John gave him a narrow 1 point win. Third and only 1 point behind Martin was Bill. The scores do not do justice to how close the racing and in particular the finishes were.
Bernie and Jack, kept us all well organised and thanks, as usual, go to them enabling us all to have another great day on the water at Birkenhead.
- John Brierley Britpop 20 points (2 wins)
- Martin Roberts Slimtel 21 points. (6 wins)
- Bill Culshaw Britpop 22 points (2 wins)
- Graham Birkett Widget 41 points (2 wins)
- Tre Joinville Lintel 52 points (1x2nd)
- Alan Watkinson Britpop 52 points
- Andrew Peter V9 55 points
- Neil Westbrook Widget 56 points
12 races sailed. Photos courtesy of Dave Williams.
Yet another sunny but chilly spring day at Birkenhead, with a very light breeze hardly rippling the water for the first race. RO Andrew Peter set a single lap ¾ length course, with the breeze filling in slightly from the NW. as the morning progressed. Some new faces were welcomed into the DF65 racing fleet, and the competition was very keen throughout, as the closeness of the final points indicates.
A slightly longer course was set for the last two races as the breeze picked up gaving ideal sailing for A+ rigs. 8 races were completed. One ‘no-show’ in the bookings fortunately gave our stand-by sailor the chance to compete, and two ‘guests’ arrived to spectate, Martin Roberts and potential new member Mike Hilton.
As has been the case for the last 3 DF65 Wednesday races, the breeze has filled in towards the end of each session, with ideal steady wind conditions just as we are finishing the days racing. Would a move to a later start time, of say 12.00 noon, perhaps be considered sensible. If you have any thoughts on this subject, please talk to Andrew Peter when you next see him or email him through his details on the Contact page.
- Neil Westbrook 03 11 pts 4 x 1st
- Richard Robinson 01 11 pts 1 x 1st
- David Williams 233 20 pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 22 pts
- Mike De St Paer 35 23 pts
- James Douglas 73 30 pts
- Paul Little 45 33 pts
- Sally Collings 829 41 pts
- Don Mackinnon 933 45 pts
- Charles Legg 21 54 pts
- Stan Metcalfe 46 60 pts
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 61 pts
- Barry Bough 147 62 pts
After 8 races sailed and two discards
A sunny, top suit day with the wind blowing straight down the lake, met the 7 RG65 and 5 DF 65 sailors for the 1st Saturday sailing for these classes since lockdown was lifted.
The assembled sailors observed a minutes silence in memory of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, before racing commenced.
The DF65 fleet had a few retirements due to gear failure, which left Richard Robinson a clear winner from John Carlin and Mike De St Paer.
In the RG65 class, Peter Baldwin was fast out of the blocks winning the first two races, with “newcomer” to the fleet Martin Roberts showing a fine turn of speed and best consistency to win overall. Many of the fleet managed to show at the front of the fleet during the 11 races, to provide a very close day’s sailing. Thanks once again to Bernie for running the afternoon.
1st Martin Roberts 184 19 points Pocket Rocket 3 wins
2nd John Brierley 84 22 points Uno 3 wins 4x2nd
3rd Graham Elliott 55 22 points Argon 3 wins 3x2nd
4th Peter Baldwin 63 26 points Pocket Rocket 2 wins
5th Neil Westbrook 03 32 points Pocket Rocket
6th Dave Williams 33 41 points Pocket Rocket
7th Alan Watkinson 23 54 points Scurry
1st Richard Robinson 01 11 points 7 wins
2nd. John Carlin 11 20 points 2 wins
3rd. Mike de St Par 35 22 points 1 win
4th. Sally Collings 829 44 points
5th. Andrew Peter 919 49 points 1 win
11 races sailed. Photos from John Brierley
Thirteen sailors attended again for DF Race Number Two, sporting A Plus rigs, in a light but chilly WNW breeze, which gradually filled in as the day progressed, to allow 10 single lap races. Race Officer Neil Westbrook set a long course using the full lake, giving excellent sailing on all points. Competition was close, with race wins shared by 5 sailors, and close fought battles taking place for every position throughout the fleet.
With several new members recently joined, we look forward to seeing more sailors competing in the coming weeks. Get your bookings in early to make sure of a place in the race !
- Richard Robinson 01 12 pts
- Mike de St Paer 35 20 pts
- Andrew Peter 919 24 pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 30 pts [ 2 x 1st ]
- John Carlin 11 30 pts [ 1 x 1st ]
- Don Mackinnon 933 49 pts
- David Williams 233 50 pts
- Richard Walker 39 54 pts
- Derek Matthews 57 60 pts
- Sally Collings 829 69 pts
- Paul Little 45 74 pts
- Stan Metcalfe 46 83 pts
- Malcolm Harvey 1019 90 pts
After 10 races
This, the first IOM racing after lockdown 3 proved to be a great re-introduction after more than 3 months of no sailing. The racing started out with a light NE breeze for a couple of races with plenty of shifts and gusts to test the 9 helms. The wind then started to tempt us with a NW breeze starting to fill in then return to NE and we ended up with 2 races that either had three beats plus one run and one with then 2 runs followed by two beats.
There was a short delay whilst the marks were moved around and the course reset for a WNW breeze pretty well straight down the lake, (to most peoples surprise) and plenty of sunshine to go with it. It also picked up a notch and started to be towards a top end No 1 in the gusts.
Racing was tight through the whole afternoon with at times, the whole fleet finishing in quick succession and testing both the calling skills of Jack and Bernie’s scribing to record the results. Overall a great afternoon’s racing of 11 races in good friendly fashion with plenty of learning points gained.
- Peter Baldwin 63 Lintel MMX 20pts ( 4 wins )
- Martin Roberts 22 Slim Chine 23pts ( 5 wins )
- Bill Culshaw 21 brit pop 24pts ( 2 wins )
- John Brierley 24 brit pop 30pts
- Graham Birkett 133 widget 34pts
- Dave Burke 30 brit pop 40pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 widget 42pts
- Tre Joinville 94 lintel 50pts
- Charles Legg 6 Triple Crown 75pts
Results after 11 races.
Thanks once again go to Jack and Bernie for running the racing.
Photos thanks to Andrew Peter.
The first of the RG65/DF65 today at Birkenhead, unfortunately the wind was from the South which for anyone that wants to know is the houses wind, not ideal, and difficult to lay a course but Peter once again donned the waders and did his best. All the RG’s were in there top swing rigs except for Martin that had borrowed Johns Pocket Rocket for the event but John chose to supply Martin with a slightly lower aspect top suit that did disadvantage him on the day but he’s still a tough nut to crack. The DF’s all chose the A plus rig.
The DF’s and RG’s all start on the same gun but the DF’s had a slightly shortened course, this option of racing does seem to work when sailing a mixed fleet, giving plenty of practice on a loaded start line.
The wind started off with quite a few vicious gusts but as the day went on these gusts vanished and the wind swung around about 20 degrees making more of a reaching course unfortunately, still plenty of skill required though looking for those pockets of wind and shifts.
The racing proved to be very close on the day with only 16 points separating 3rd-8th in the RG fleet, Graham and John sharing all 8 wins between them took 1st and 2nd, unfortunately we lost Peter after race 5 with a split tyre on his car and this needed to be changed before his journey home. The DF fleet was dominated by Mike who took all 8 races, well done.
Well done also to Bernie who started and finished us, having to walk round to the top bank to accurately get our finishing scores kept his steps up.
The club has gone from strength to strength in these lockdown periods that have stopped us travelling further afield, lets keep this level of entries and quality up in 2021 and hopefully we will see the fruits of this when travelling is open again.
- Graham Elliott 55 Argon 6pts 6 wins
- John Brierley 84 Uno 10pts 2 wins
- Martin Roberts 22 Pocket Rocket 20pts
- Peter Baldwin 63 Pocket Rocket 24pts
- David Potter 20 Pocket Rocket 27pts
- Matt Stephenson 08 Pocket Rocket 33pts
- Dave Williams 33 Pocket Rocket 34pts
- Neil Westbrook 03 Pocket Rocket 36pts
- Mike de St Paer 35 6pts 6 wins
- Colin Deakin 93 18pts
- Derek Mathews 57 18pts