Just half a dozen sailors arrived, to be welcomed by a damp morning with almost windless conditions. Not very promising for a days racing, so we decided to just have un-scored social racing session and managed a few single lap races. Start line and course direction was alternated, as the light winds shifted in a most unpredictable manner, as did the results of each race.
The wind did steady and fill to a fresh westerly towards the end of the morning, which gave us a final two lap race to finish the day.
The 2022 IOM Nationals finished last Monday 2nd May at Castle Semple in Scotland. Once again, club members were well placed at the event with Graham Elliott in 4th, Andrea Roberts in 9th and Martin Roberts in 10th. The event was won by local sailor and sailmaker Brad Gibson (with his wife’s Britpop).
Sailing conditions were taxing for both the Race Team and competitors alike, with no single skipper dominating the scoring.
A full report of the event and the scores can be seen in the event report on yachts & Yachting here
After the very successful first Social (Open) Sailing Saturday afternoon last week, a committee meeting yesterday agreed that all spare Saturday afternoon’s in the Calendar should be filled with Social Sailing sessions. These have now been added with a total of 7 more planned throughout the Summer, with 3 more over the next 4 weeks starting with Saturday 14th May.
We do hope that you will take the opportunity to come down to the club and enjoy the afternoon. Take your own boat for a sail, try something new or even bring along a guest to experience the sport.
There is an event page for each day for you to enter if you can, although this is not essential for paying a visit on any day.
What a days sailing today at Birkenhead for the second RG/DF 65 Summer series. Wall to wall sunshine with a steady top suit from the North West (with significant shifts causing a number of snakes and ladder place changes). With the lake seemingly divided into two wind patterns it was essential to get in the right lane quickly. With just two DF65s, the boats were sailed in some races by young members of Graham Reeves family, and it was good to see there enthusiasm and capabilities.
In the RG class, the racing was being used as a tune up for the National Championships next week in Eastbourne and any small mistakes were certainly pounced upon. In the first race John covering Graham did not focus on Peter who threaded his way through for the win. It was certainly going to be that close all afternoon.
The other races up to the tea break were shared between Martin and Graham and after the break these two had to withdraw for pressing family commitments leaving John to take the afternoon session with 5 of the 6 wins . The racing between the other Unos was very close and great to see Alan having a good first outing with his new boat. Neil and Charles were also having moments at the sharp end which resulted in a great and close days sailing.
Thanks to Bernie for running the event and Jack for our drinks at the break.
- John Brierley 84 uno 18pts 5 wins
- Peter Baldwin 63 uno 21pts 3 wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 uno 38pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 scurry 42pts
- Graham Elliott 09 electronica 43pts 3 wins
- Martin Roberts 33 pocket rocket 51pts 1 win
- Charles Legg 26 uno 52pts
- Andrew Peter 919 22pts 4 wins
- Graham Reeves 187 24pts 1 win
After 12 races
It was a cold damp day at the lake with the wind blowing straight down from the top end. Due to John C injuring his leg whilst dinghy sailing, and having mobility problems, wishing to assist our RO Sally, a course was set starting from the middle and finishing in the middle. Windward mark to port, spreader to port then down through the gate to finish at middle.
For the racing, A+ was the suit of choice but as the racing progressed ‘A’ would have been more appropriate as positions changed several times with boats overwhelmed on the downward run. There was very close racing between Alan and Neil with James putting in some very good results until gear failure dropped him out of three races, leaving Alan the winner by only two points. Thanks to Sally for organising the ten races and to John her assistant for clerical duties.
- Alan Watkinson 373 16 pts 4wins
- Neil Westbrook 03 18 pts 3wins
- Dave Williams 233 20 pts 2 wins
- Simon Bates 69 31 pts
- Richard Walker 39 35 pts
- James Douglas 73 39 pts 1 win
- Stan Metcalf 46 39 pts
- Charles Legg 21 63 pts
- John Beech 80 68 pts
The Open Sailing Event on Saturday 30th April, a new addition to the calendar, turned out to be a very sociable and enjoyable affair.
Commencing at 12.00 noon, a dozen or more Club Members, along with several guests and family members spent a most enjoyable afternoon sailing a wide selection of boats. From a 20” Soling, through DF65’s, RG65’s, DF95’s, IOM’s, Bill’s magnificent Marblehead and Mike’s impressive 20 tonner, there was a mixed fleet of over 20 boats on the lake for most of the afternoon, until finishing at almost 5.00 pm .
The weather was kind, a gentle westerly breeze enabling mostly genteel sailing, which enabled the children to enjoy the day’s sailing as much as the adults. Just as much fun was to be had in the Clubhouse, with Jack and Bernie in attendance, endless tea, coffee and chatter, and boat rigging and tuning advice available all day long.
Everyone agreed that the day was a great success, and expressed the wish to repeat the event at least once or twice more throughout the year.