IOM Summer Series #1 12/6/21

Once again the weather served up a great afternoons IOM sailing with an 8-10 knot breeze (with some stronger gusts early on) from the WNW giving a beat up the lake from the Clubhouse end.  There some great sun as well, although the temperature at the lakeside caught a few out who arrived in a T shirt having thought that it would be warmer in the sunshine.

Racing got underway soon after 1pm after Peter had shifted the marks around slightly to make the best of the breeze, although start line often proved to be a bit too port biased in the shifting breeze. Bill Culshaw started the day well for the win in Race 1, with Peter Baldwin taking Race 2, before Brad Gibson put together a string of 4 wins before a break for a drink and chat in the sunshine.

Refreshed after the break Andrea Roberts took Race 7, then Brad added another win in Race 8.  Not to be outdone in the friendly family duel that ran all afternoon, Martin Roberts gained an important win in Race 9, before Brad rounded out the afternoon by winning all of the last three races.  This comfortably gave Brad the afternoon, with Peter in second only one point ahead of Andrea in third who won the family duel by 4 points from Martin.

There was some very close racing throughout the fleet with many photo finishes to cope with by our usual finishing team of Jack and Bernie. Thanks to them as usual and to everyone for sailing on a taxing afternoon with good rules observance and some very helpful comments and advice from our top helms.

There is another afternoon of IOM sailing next week starting at 1pm.  If you would like to join in and don’t have a boat, get in touch with Club Captain Andrew Peter (email in Contact Section) and I am sure he will try and sort a loan boat out.

  1. Brad Gibson            62      britpop               12pts   8 wins
  2. Peter Baldwin        63       Lintel MMX     27pts   1 win
  3. Andrea Roberts    122      Vanilla               28pts   1 win
  4. Martin Roberts      22      A2                        32pts   1 win
  5. John Brierley          84      britpop              41pts
  6. Bill Culshaw            21      britpop              49pts   1 win
  7. Alan Watkinson     23      britpop             64pts
  8. Charles    Legg         25      Rubix                77pts
  9. Mike Wlliamson    43      TS2                     96pts

After 12 races

DF65 Social Racing 2021 #11 9/6/21

A light A+ wind from over the houses greeted the twelve sailors today. Neil volunteered to don the waders and to move the start line so we could sail from the far side of the lake a finish mark was placed half way up by the bench which enabled Stan Metcalfe our RO for the day to observe the races. It was a struggle heading for the windward mark, sometimes close-hauled and then a reach and to add to this an underwater obstruction which if you were unlucky enough to hit, stopped the boat dead in the water. Overall seven different sailors managed at least one win with Mike taking the overall spot due to his consistency with nothing less than a fourth after discards. Many thanks again to Stan who kept the 10 races racing flowing.

  1. Mike de St Paer               20pts      2first
  2. Richard Robinson          23pts      2first
  3. James Douglas                28pts       2first
  4. John Carlin                       36pts        1first
  5. Dave Williams                 37pts        1first
  6. Neil Westbrook               39pts
  7. Don MacKinnon             44pts
  8. Dan Skinner                     52 pts
  9. Charles Legg                    58pts
  10. Sally Collings                    63 pts      1first
  11. Richard Walker                63pts
  12. Paul Little                           65pts       1first

RG/DF65 Summer Series #1

There were 8 RG65’s (but no DF65’s) for the first in this Summer Series of races now that restrictions are easing and Saturday attendances typically less than the limit of 18 entries.  Unfortunately, the sailors were greeted to a light and fickle breeze that couldn’t make up its mind whether to blow from the East or West.

The first race was started near to the clubhouse, but ended up being a broad reach to start, although most points of sailing were covered during the race, with John Brierley taking the first win of the day.  The fleet then moved ends to start in the opposite direction for race 2, which was taken by Dave Williams in his new Uno on its second outing.  Races 3 and 4 went to Graham Elliott sailing the Electronics after servo issues in the Argon meant a retirement in Race 2.  By now (and after an early refreshment break) the wind had picked up to a 5 or 6 knot WNW breeze with some good shifts and variations in pressure around the course.  Martin Roberts took his only win in Race 5 and then John had his second in Race 6.  The afternoon ended with Graham mopping up the last three races and the afternoon.  Martin’s consistency gave him second, just one point ahead of John in third.

Thanks as usual go to Bernie for running the racing and scoring for us.

  1. Graham Elliott           9         electronica             9pts   5 wins
  2. Martin Roberts      184         pocket rocket      17pts   1 win
  3. John Brierley            84         uno                          18pts   2 wins
  4. Dave Williams          33         uno                          23pts   1 win
  5. Peter Baldwin           63        pocket rocket      27pts
  6. Neil Westbrook        03        pocket rocket      35pts
  7. Charles Legg             26        uno                         42pts
  8. Alan Watkinson       23        scurry                    48pts

After 9 races.

DF65 Social Racing 2021 #10 2/6/21

A good sunny day with the wind from the Clubhouse end, A+ was the chosen rig of the day. With Neil volunteering to don the waders, one of the start line marks was moved to make a non biased start. Several boats were keen to get going but fell foul of the start line judge. A few boats had electrical problems and had to retire and then with the wind strength increasing the last few races saw several more retire. 10 races were held with David Potter and Mike de St Paer taking 9 race wins between them, with David just coming out the winner. John Carlin took third place with a good consistent sail. Many thanks to the RO for this week, Dave Williams.

  1. David Potter               946    11pts
  2. Mike de St Paer            35     13pts
  3. John Carlin                     11      32pts
  4. Neil Westbrook             03    41pts
  5. Alan Watkinson          373    43pts
  6. James Douglas               73    49pts
  7. Richard Walker             39    54pts 3 x 3rd
  8. Don Mackinnon          933    54pts 0 x 3rd
  9. Dan Skinner                    27     56pts
  10. Andrew Potter              194     74pts
  11. Charles Legg                   21      77pts
  12. Malcolm Harvey        1019     79pts 1 x 3rd
  13. Simon Bates                   69      79pts. 0 x 3rd
  14. Tony Marsden             947    102pts

IOM Club Racing 2021 #5 29/5/2021

   A select group of six IOM helms turned out for this afternoon at the start of warmer weather. With a high pressure sat over the area hopes of a decent sail weren’t very high when arriving at 12:00 to a flat calm lake with the merest hint of a breeze.  Fortunately by the start of racing a gentle 5 or 6 knots was blowing from the NW which held for most of the afternoon leading to close racing with a number of place changes if you got the shifts wrong.Under the eagle eye of Start Line Judge Dave Williams, John Brierley started the day well with a close win over Andrea Roberts trying out the “Vanilla” sailed by Martin two weeks ago.  Andrea then proceeded to dominate the fleet by taking the next three wins, before Martin took race 5 and Andrea the final win before a short break.Martin spent his break on re-rigging the jib on the Rubix of Charles Legg (sporting a new set of Housemartin sails), which helped place him in the mix for most races.

Racing re-started in a slightly lighter breeze, although it soon returned to previous levels.  Peter won Races 7 and 9, Martin took Race 8 and Andrea the final race of the day.  Neil Westbrook took several second places in his Widget, proving that this older design can still hold its own in Club racing.

Andrea took the afternoon comfortably, with Peter second and Martin third, followed by Neil in fourth and without a race win.  Thanks again must go to Bernie and Jack for running our racing and the photos are courtesy of Dave Williams (whilst he wasn’t watching the line and calling us back).

  1. Andrea Roberts           122            Vanilla               12pt     5 wins
  2. Peter Baldwin                63            Lintel MMX    19pts    2 wins
  3. Martin Roberts             55            Widget              22pts   2 wins
  4. Neil Westbrook             03            Widget             27pts
  5. John Brierley                  84            brit pop           32pts   1 win
  6. Charles Legg                  25            Rubix                42pts

After 10 races