With significantly reduced Algae levels in the lake, the club plans to start racing again on Saturday 14th August with an RG/DF65 afternoon. With restrictions now significantly eased, the club will allow non-members to join us for the racing. For now, we will still be using the event booking system and links listed under “Upcoming Events” and request that everyone uses this for both booking a place or cancelling if you cannot make it.
Prior to the start of sailing, we will need to tidy the clubhouse and site and so working parties are scheduled for Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, both starting at 10am. Racing should begin on time at 1pm on the Saturday.
This weekend saw rounds 1 and of the RG65 TT series being held at the coastal marine lake of West Kirby in the North West of England.
14 boats made it to the start line with 8 different designs on display. the wind was from the favoured NW and blowing around 13knots with most boats opting for the reduced area B rig, some using swing rigs but most using a conventional rig. The course was the normal windward/leeward gate with a distance of 120m from the gate to the windward mark that gave these fantastic boats to show off there exceptional speed.
15 races were completed on the day with race winners being Graham Elliott with 14 wins sailing his Brad Gibson designed Electronica and John Tushingham sailing his Scurry design, these two were joined on the podium by Peter Baldwin sailing his Dave Creed designed Pocket Rocket.
Round 2 on the Sunday started with much the same wind strength as Saturday even though all the forecasts predicted a significantly lower wind speed and all skippers once again opted for their B rigs. The course was moved slightly as the wind direction had swung a little to the North but we still had that 120m length from the gate to the windward mark.
By lunch time the wind did reduce in strength significantly enough for all skippers to move up a rig to the full area A rig.
By the end of the day and 14 races sailed on this slightly shorter day, Graham Elliott comfortably took the win, with Chris Elliott second and John Tushingham third.
7 different designs were on display with race winners for the day being Graham Elliott taking 12 wins with his Electronica, Peter Baldwin with his Pocket Rocket and Chris Elliott sailing a Graham Bantock designed Argon.
Many thanks must go to all volunteers that made these races happen, especially after the late change of venue.
The TT series now moves onto Bournville on 21/8/21 for round 3 and then onto Watermead the following day for round 4 before we go to Keighley on the 18/19th September for the 2021 National Championships.
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Photos are available in the Gallery – click on the image to view each of the 2 sets.
The Council have closed off all access to the lake and Clubhouse and so all sailing and racing is cancelled for the time being.
Your committee will be in touch again when we have a potential date for re-opening.
All future club sailing events have been withdrawn for now. The existing bookings will remain, but new bookings may not be added. The RG65 TT Event is still live until we have confirmed that the lake will not be open at that time.
A fairly light Westerly breeze meant A plus rigs were chosen again. Malcolm Harvey did a grand job as Race officer today, setting a full length course over 8 races, with a 2 lap race to finish.
Light drizzle did dampen things down a bit, but cleared before the last race. Matthew Stephenson missed some early races, due to heavy traffic on the drive up from Stoke, and Sally Collings did a Cinderella flit before the end of the days proceedings. Some very close racing today, as the points show – with some very promising form from newer members – keeping us all on our toes.
- Richard Robinson 01 – 9 pts
- Alan Watkinson 373 – 18 pts 2 x 1st
- Andrew Peter 919 – 18 pts 1 x 1st
- Neil Westbrook 03 – 22 pts 1 x 1st
- John Carlin 11 – 22 pts
- Simon Bates 69 – 31 pts 1 x 1st
- James Douglas 73 – 31 pts
- Paul Little 45 – 45 pts
- Richard Walker 39 – 49 pts
- Stan Metcalf 2146 – 58 pts
- Matthew Stephenson 28 – 65 pts
- Sally Collings 829 – 72 pts
- Paul Whalley 53 – 74 pts
Just a reminder that Race Officer duties will be asked of participants on each Race Day – in numerical sail number order where possible. Please be prepared to sacrifice a day’s sailing every so often to perform RO duty.
A fleet of 12 IOM’s were met by a solid top suit breeze down the middle from the clubhouse end. It was to be a day of nose diving, wind shifts and boy there were a lot them. Brad started the afternoon with 2 wins with Graham getting 2 seconds. Bills new tactical masterplan of sailing fast came to the fore with wins in race 3 and 4. Neil had his best with a second in race 4. Brad dominated the races either side of the break with 5 wins from the 7 sailed. Graham got a deserved win in race 8 with Andrea finding her recent form with a win in race 10. Peter was to win the final race with Dave Hollom showing good speed with a 2nd.
Although Brad was the clear winner, a discard score of 15 showed what a hard days sailing it was. Graham was my sailor of the day with 8 top 3 places sailing his Widget. Bill showed a much improved race series performance with 8 top 4’s.
A big thank you to Bernie who was working without his usual sidekick. Was it because of this he set a new PB in general recalls ? An early Fathers day visit from Vicky sorted that out.
- Brad Gibson 62 britpop 16pts 7 wins
- Graham Elliott 27 widget 28pts 1 win
- Bill Culshaw 21 britpop 32pts 2 wins
- Martin Roberts 22 A2 39pts
- Peter Balwin 63 Lintel MMX 40pts 1 win
- Andrea Roberts 122 Vanilla 47pts 1 wins
- Dave Hollom 186 Celestial Fix 65pts (1 x 4th)
- Neil Westbrook 03 widget 65pts
- Tre Joinville 94 lintel 77pts
- Alan Watkinson 23 britpop 86pts
- John Berry 123 Lintel MMX 105pts
- Charles Legg 23 rubix 110pts
After 12 races
Next event in the IOM series, is on Saturday 3rd July.