DF65 Social Racing 2021 #4 21/4/21

With a steady ESE breeze from the Clubhouse end of the lake, RO Neil Westbrook decided that A rigs were the order of the day for everyone.  Ably assisted by Dave Williams, a course was set using the full length of the lake.  Ten races were completed, with the final race over two laps.

  1. RICHARD ROBINSON    01   12 pts
  2. MIKE DE ST PAER          35   20 pts
  3. ANDREW PETER           919   29 pts
  4. ALAN WATKINSON      373   31 pts
  5. JOHN CARLIN                    11    33 pts
  6. DEREK MATTHEWS       57   41 pts
  7. PAUL WHITE                     45   45 pts
  8.  RICHARD WALKER        39   56 pts
  9. CHARLES LEGG                21    58 pts
  10. SIMON BATES                   69   67 pts[ 1 X 2nd ]
  11. SALLY COLLINGS          829   67 pts
  12. DON MACKINNON        933   74 pts
  13. BARRY BOUGH                  147       RTD

IOM Club Racing 2021 #2 17/04/2021

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.
  1. John Brierley          Britpop    20 points (2 wins)
  2. Martin Roberts      Slimtel     21 points. (6 wins)
  3. Bill Culshaw            Britpop    22 points (2 wins)
  4. Graham Birkett     Widget     41 points (2 wins)
  5. Tre Joinville            Lintel       52 points (1x2nd)
  6. Alan Watkinson    Britpop    52 points
  7. Andrew Peter         V9               55 points
  8. Neil Westbrook     Widget      56 points
12 races sailed. Photos courtesy of Dave Williams.

DF65 Social Racing 2021 #3 14/4/21

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.

  1. Neil Westbrook        03   11 pts   4 x 1st
  2. Richard Robinson   01   11 pts    1 x 1st
  3. David Williams      233   20 pts
  4. Alan Watkinson     373   22 pts
  5. Mike De St Paer        35   23 pts
  6. James Douglas          73   30 pts
  7. Paul Little                   45   33 pts
  8. Sally Collings          829   41 pts
  9. Don Mackinnon     933   45 pts
  10. Charles Legg              21   54 pts
  11. Stan Metcalfe           46   60 pts
  12. Malcolm Harvey  1019   61 pts
  13. Barry Bough             147  62 pts

After 8 races sailed and two discards

Death of MYA Patron

Following the sad news on Friday, 9th April of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Birkenhead Radio Sailing & Power Club wish to send our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty and family at this sad time.

RG/DF65 Club Racing 2021 #1

   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

DF65 Social Racing 2021 #2 7/4/21

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 !

  1. Richard Robinson      01   12 pts
  2. Mike de St Paer           35  20 pts
  3. Andrew Peter             919  24 pts
  4. Alan Watkinson        373  30 pts [ 2 x 1st ]
  5. John Carlin                     11  30 pts [ 1 x 1st ]
  6. Don Mackinnon        933  49 pts
  7. David Williams          233  50 pts
  8. Richard Walker           39  54 pts
  9. Derek Matthews         57  60 pts
  10. Sally Collings            829  69 pts
  11. Paul Little                     45  74 pts
  12. Stan Metcalfe              46  83 pts
  13. Malcolm Harvey     1019  90 pts

After 10 races