DF65 Social Racing 2021 #31 (15/12/21)

A very slight ripple on the lake encouraged the 12 sailors to compete. With a single lap It was vital to get a good start and to make the most of of the very tricky conditions. New member John Beech had his first introduction into competitive sailing and is hoping the conditions will be more favourable next time. Many thanks to our OD Stan Metcalf who managed to give us 8 races.

  1. Neil Westbrook             13 pts 2 wins
  2. Mike De st Paer             17 pts 3 wins
  3. James Douglas              17 pts 2 wins
  4. John Carlin                     18 pts
  5. Alan Watkinson           26 pts 1 win
  6. Richard Walker            34 pts
  7. Don MacKinnon           35 pts
  8. David Williams             36 pts
  9. Paul Little                       38 pts
  10. Charles Legg                  45 pts
  11. Malcolm Harvey           50 pts
  12. John Beech                      70 pts

RG/DF65 Winter Series 2021 #2 (11/12/21)

After the cancellation of the first RG/DF65 Winter Series a few weeks ago due to high winds, a top suit wind from the clubhouse end, met the five hardy RG sailors for the second event. The fleet comprised of four Uno and one Scurry with the fleet all using their A rigs.

Neil Westbrook got of to a flyer winning the first race. John Brierley then got into his stride winning seven of the ten races with Dave Williams having a well deserved win in one race and Neil finishing, as he started, with a win in the last race. Charles Legg and Alan Watkinson were “in the mix” for most of the races and there were some close finishes.

Thanks to Bernie for running the racing especially when the timer failed and he had to call the time. Next week (is the club IOM Christmas Race, one of the highlights of the Birkenhead RS&PC season.Entry may be made until late on Friday via the event page here

  1. John Brierley        84 Uno        9pts  7 wins
  2. Neil Westbrook   03 Uno       15pts  2 wins
  3. Dave Williams     33  Uno      23pts  1 wins
  4. Charles Legg        26  Uno      27pts
  5. Alan Watkinson  23  Scurry 36pts

After 10 races

DF65 Social Racing 2021 #30 (8/12/21)

With Storm Barra blowing vigorously along the pond, sailing was never going to be easy. Add driving rain and freezing cold and you have to admire the fortitude of those who stuck it out for 8 races. C-rigs were the order of the day; those who tried to sail with B-rigs were cruelly punished in the gusts, leaving 5 intrepid skippers braving the elements for all eight, single lap, races. On the positive side, it was possible to set a course taking in most of the length of the pond. Thanks go to Charles Legg for braving the elements and keeping order as Race Officer.

  1. Richard Robinson    01      9 pts   4 wins
  2. David Williams       233     11 pts   2 wins 1×4
  3. Neil Westbrook         03     11 pts   2 wins 0x4
  4. Sally Collings          829    20 pts
  5. John Carlin                  11     22 pts

IOM Winter Series 2021 #1 (4/12/21)

With one no show and a couple of dropouts due to the weather, there were only 4 sailors on the starting line for the first race of our IOM Winter Series.  The forecast wind had increased overnight and so we were greeted with a strong 15 gusting 25+ knot breeze almost straight down the lake, but with some large shifts to contend with.  It rained for most of the afternoon and only 8 races were sailed before everyone was getting cold and wet and we called it a day. The last race ended up in a squall and some very  difficult tacking into the finish line, clearly supporting the end of racing.

There were, however, smiling faces from everyone after  some very close and fast racing in the smallest rig.  Martin Roberts was offered the Rubix of Charles Legg, to give it a rare outing in this rig. He proved to be the one to beat and even with a few problems resulting in late starts, he made every race count and ended up with the lions share of 4 wins (out of 8 races sailed) and equal points with Peter Baldwin, sailing a Lintel MMX who had three. Bill Culshaw (Britpop) rounded out the podium with the remaining win and was pushing for the win at the finish of a good number of close races. Big thanks to Bernie who stood in the wind and rain to start and finish the fleet.

  1. ​Martin Roberts     25      Rubix                 9 pts     4 wins
  2. Peter Baldwin       63       Lintel MMX    9 pts     3 wins
  3. Bill Culshaw           21       brit pop          13 pts       1 win
  4.  John Berry             23       Lintel MMX  20 pts

Next week (10/12) is RG/DF65 Winter Series #2 starting at 12:00 and then on 18/12 is the IOM Xmas Race.  Please enter if you plan to attend.

DF65 Social Racing #29 (1/12/21)

A cold wet day greeted the 11 skippers with the only consolation that the wind had dropped to a level that could be sailed without damage. The wind was straight down the lake with an occasional gust, ‘B’ suit was decided upon. Our eagle eyed Sally on the start line kept early starters to a minimum. Thanks must go to OD Sally and to Charles for finish line duties. 8 races were held.

  1. John Brierley               8pts 5 wins
  2. John Carlin                 16 pts 2wins
  3. Richard Robinson   19 pts 1win
  4. Mike de St Paer        24 pts
  5. James Douglas          31 pts
  6. Derek Matthews      33 pts
  7. David Williams        38 pts
  8. Neil Westbrook        40 pts
  9. Don MacKinnon       41 pts
  10. Richard Walker         43 pts
  11. Simon Bates               48 pts

DF65 Social Racing #28 (24/11/21)

A very light wind caused our OD Neil to set a course of a single lap using half the lake. James found the tricky wind conditions to his liking and put in four firsts and three seconds. The hard luck of the day was for Don MacKinnon who’s servo packed up before the first race. After a replacement was found he came in with a second place. Thanks again to Neil for his OD patience, putting on 9 races.

  1. James Douglas           10 pts (4 firsts)
  2. Richard Robinson     15 pts (3 firsts)
  3. John Carlin                  25 pts.(1 first)
  4. Derek Matthews       29 pts
  5. Mike de St Paer          31 pts
  6. David Williams          33 pts
  7. Simon Bates                39 pts (1 win)
  8. Richard Walker          51 pts
  9. Stan Metcalf                53 pts 1 x 2nd
  10. Charles Legg                53 pts 0 x 2nd
  11. Sally Collings               70 pts
  12. Don Mackinnon          74 pts
  13. Paul Little                      76 pts