Let’s start with the thank you’s to Lynda Brown, Tracey, Emily & Penelope Ballington for making cakes, chocolate crispies and cupcakes, these along with the tea and coffee helped us add to the fund raising. The ladies also took part in the sailing, so thanks. Then to Manor Park members, Darin B, Colin W, Graham W & Garry B for the course setting and groundwork. Next was Laurie B who said he would help with race management but also loaned one of his boats to someone for their first go at Radio Yachting, he did manage to get some racing in as well so a busy day all round for the team.
So now to what happened, firstly we had invited all MD IOM & DF95 skippers to come and race at a relaxed event, 19 skippers answered the call and were made welcome. At the briefing Darin explained that the day was going to be structured around the “Bart’s Bash” timed races, and the rest of the event was an open race with both IOM’s and DF95’s being sailed as a single fleet on the same course. Talking of which we set a course with a windward to leeward gate of approximately 150mtrs, and so 2 full laps would give us the 600m required for the timed races.
Three races were completed and in the light winds and it quickly became obvious that the two fleets would separate and so each class sailed competitively amongst themselves. Every now and then a DF95 would get in amongst the IOM’s to a cheer. The first batch of scores were calculated whilst the team set about the first round of coffee and cake. During the break a couple of the experienced skippers helped some of the new DF95 skippers get a trim on their yachts, by showing and explaining why the changes were being made it helped them gain an insight into race trimming.
The next three races were going to be the timed ones for the “Bart’s Bash” rankings. Race 1 and 2 were held in a 3.5mph Westerly wind which was measured at water level. Both races were won by Laurie Brown with his IOM Britpop, the times for 600m were 10:12 & 10:11, only 1 second difference between each race.
Race 3 however was blessed with a NW wind of around 5mph, yes, we are an inland lake. Unfortunately, Laurie B could not repeat his race wins turning in a time of 10:13 for 4th place. 3rd place went to Colin W with 9:50, 2nd to John Sheffield with 9:47, but out front with the fastest lap was Graham W with a time of 9:24. Once all the timings were in the fastest DF95 was Garry B with 10:57, that’s only 1:33 behind the best IOM. See a full list of races times here: Manor Park RSC BLBB-Results-Sheet-pdf
A second go at the coffee and cake was taken whilst the results were posted up.
We then completed a further 4 races, unfortunately a few of the DF95’s had pulled out at this stage for various reasons, however most of the skippers stayed to watch the final races.
Once the scores had been calculated and discards allotted the top IOM was John Smith (MPRSC) and top DF95 was Garry Box (MPRSC). See full results here: Bart’s Bash BLBB
We had three prizes and to change things up we presented Graham W with a bottle for the fastest timed lap, with a further two going to Jib No 15 Barry Mayer and Jib No 365 David Nickerson. They had been drawn at random from the entry list by Lynda Brown.
The event raised £106.80 for the Andrew Simpson Foundation, which included donations from Jeff Postlethwaite, Ken, Sandra Smith & Steve Haywood who were unable to attend.
Here is a message from Sally Turner, communications manager Andrew Simpson Foundation click here: Andrew Simpson Foundation Message and here is a copy of the receipt from the Foundation just giving page. Click here: Bart’s Bash Donation Receipt
Here is an email message I received on behalf of Birmingham MYC.
Just a word on behalf of BMYC members to thank you and everyone who contributed to make the day at Manor Park such an enjoyable event. This was a great example ‘can do’ teamwork for the benefit of all the participants and for such a good cause. Well done!
All good wishes,
Here is selection of pictures from the day, a second batch of pictures from Laurie and Lynda have been added to the bottom of the post.