Race 1 of the 2022 Midland District 6m Champion Skipper series was sailed at Two Islands RYC, and we had 12 boats start the day and 9 finished it, all skippers had a nice suntan but were not very windswept. We tried several different courses but rarely did the wind remember what direction it was blowing even during the 2-minute count down.
The racing however was close with several incidents throughout the day as the skippers struggled with the fickle wind, the results showed the usual competitors coming out on top with some surprising results from yachts which normally suffer in these light conditions.
Shaun Holbeche sailed a very steady series often making surprising progress from not very promising positions, Stephen Wheeler was a good second with a countback deciding the 3rd 4th places between John Sharman and John Burgoine. A good day sailing despite the poor wind, so well done to all the skippers for persevering. Full race results are here: 14th May 2022 six metre open
The race team of Sue and Brian Haith (line judges) Mike Evans (Safety boat) and Fred Coker (ARO) were a great help and my thanks to them for their assistance throughout the day.
PRO. Mike Ewart.
The run up to the Midland District IOM skippers series for the first round of this summer’s championship event saw many changes to the entry and race team as we had 3 skippers report positive Covid tests in the last couple of days, one who had to pull out because of work, and one had a heavy cold, then at the last minute we had a call from Eric Finley saying that he was in hospital. So, in effect the entry was down to 13 skippers and 4 people in the race team.
I arrived early at Charnwood Water to get set up for the booking in, and not long after was joined by Rob Wilson who had come down to open things up for us. With the skippers arriving and getting ready it was obvious that the weather forecast was right in that it was indicating a light easterly breeze but by 8:30am it was anything but. Bill Green our Pro for the day was walking up and down the side of the lake trying to get a course sorted, by 9:30am there was some indication on the water that things had started to settle from the east and so we were sailing.
The briefing was held on time with Bill giving instructions to play nice and anyone who came off the water not having done any outstanding penalty would be given a disqualification. Because of the wind shadow on the bankside the start line was almost as wide as the lake, this turned out to be a bit of a tactical decision for the skippers as the bottom end of the line was in wind, but you had a lot further to sail and the mid-point on the line saw you to windward but in much lighter winds. The first race was completed in 15 minutes with Dorian Crease taking first place, followed by Tim Hand. Race 2 went to Mick Barnett with his Alternative, and race 3 was the closest finish I had seen for many years, 10 of the fleet went across the line almost together and it was only the good teamwork by Roy and Nancy that were able to get the finishing order down so quickly. The race went to Pete Walters with his Venti, three races down three different winners and time to take a breather.
The course looked good and was producing close racing with plenty of different options possible, there was also several wind holes which is not unusual at Charnwood water, that had the leading skippers wondering where the wind had gone or the following skipper’s chance to catch up, Pete Walters took race 4 as well. Race 5 saw another different winner this time Stephen Hodgkinson taking line honours, Dorian was back at the top in race 6, Time Hand had to withdraw from the event at this stage as his boat was eating batteries. Don Charlesworth took race 7, then the oldest boat an Isis sailed by Nick Probyn took race 8. Just before lunch we had a visit from Eric Finley who had been discharged from hospital and he managed to get down to say hello and make sure that we had everything necessary, good to see you, Eric. Darin Ballington also turned up for a quick visit he being one of the withdrawals with a positive covid test on the run up to the event but he had tested clear this morning.
Bill then called a lunch break and racing would recommence at 13:15. I did the lunchtime scores and there was a tie for first place between Mick Chamberlain and Dorian Crease both on 19 points with Pete Walters a further two points behind on 21, all to play for this afternoon.
First race after lunch saw a runaway win for Graham Whalley, he was almost a full length of the course ahead of Stephen Hodgkinson, in fact it was the biggest winning margin of the day. We completed 3 races and took another short break, then called the skippers together and said that we would only run two more races as the wind was starting to get light. So having completed 13 races in total we finished at 14:50.
Everyone gathered in the carpark and Bill thanked the skippers for their attendance and the quality of rule observance, yes there were a few incidents, but all penalties were completed on the water.
Coming out on top was Mick Chamberlain, followed by Dorian Crease and Pete Walters. A full set of results are here: 2022 IOMMDCS&C R1, Leicestershire RYC results
Thanks were given to Roy and Nancy of the Manor Park RSC for coming down to do the finish line duties. Nancy also collected the IOMMDWCS trophy on behalf of Darin.
I thanked Bill Green and the members of the Leicestershire RYC for hosting the event, and the race entry fee after costs was split evenly between both Leicestershire RYC and Bournville RS&MBC.
The next event in the series is 5th June at Two Islands RYC.
Speaking of events Mick Chamberlain reminded us that Lincoln RSC are hosting the “Martin Lambert & Absent Friends” IOM event on 27th March and both the NOR and MYA race entry system are open. The race entry fee has been reduced to £5:00.
Following a successful event at Lincoln RSC last Sunday we now have all the results in for the Midland District IOM winter Champion Skipper series 21-22, and I can confirm that the new champion is Darin Ballington of the Manor Park RSC. See here for full list of the skipper placings. 2021-2022 IOMMDWCS. Skippers 14-2-2022
We have a tie for second place between John Burgoine and Dorian Crease, three different clubs in the top three places. The results have also been aded into the IOMMDWCS archive.
Thanks to the 34 different Midland skippers who took part, the 5 travelling skippers who joined us from other MYA Districts, and the event hosting club members for providing the race teams and backup.
The “Harry Briggs” Trophy will be presented to Darin Ballington at the next available Midland District IOM event.
Last Sunday saw 27 IOM skippers gather together at Scotland farm the home of Lincoln RSC for the final round of this winters Midland District series, it was so good to be able to complete a series as planned after losing lots of events over the past two years.
The predicted weather forecast was for a good second suit blow from the southwest, but with a high likelihood of rain throughout the day. I have not been up to the Lincoln club for around five years, and it was good to see a lot of old faces and several new ones. The club had done a huge amount of preparation for the event what with the cutting of weed and grass around the lake sides, refreshing the piers and greatly reducing the effect of the moles in the banks.
At booking in all skippers were offered a bacon butty and a brew to get them going. Once I had said my hello’s to the race committee, I was introduced to the PRO for the day Dave Geldard, we went over the basics of running a two heat race and details of the intended race course. The heat board was duly updated, and the course board drawn out. This was going on as the skippers were preparing their boats and rigging their second suit, the gusts towards the bottom of the lake were definitely too strong for anything bigger and to remain in control.
Jackie and Ed were down for the scoring, and I took on the task of the heat board, this left two volunteers for the rescue boat duty and two for scoring the finishing positions, and not to mention the two ladies (Jan & Ann) in the galley cooking the food and keeping the water boiler topped up for the free tea & coffee. Then there was Mick Chamberlain & Jen Hand having been involved in the event preparation. All in all, a great effort from the host club.
Dave Geldard, called the skippers together at 09:45 for the initial briefing, welcoming everyone to the club and once he had explained the two-heat system for the benefit of everyone he then described the course. The control area was down the lakeside where we park the cars, and the start line was almost at the bottom of this side, plenty wide enough for the 16 boats to start, however, to get a really good beat up the course the fleet had to sail up the lake parallel with the control bank, then do a starboard rounding to a spreader mark and then all the way back down the lake to a gate. The beat back up brought the boats almost up to the top corner by the club house but kept sensibly far enough out so the wind shadow was not a major factor, then back down wind to the gate and finally a beat back up to the windward mark and its spreader for the finish line.
Darin had come up with a good suggestion before the first race in so much as he thought that it would be a good idea to have the boat crew on the water near the start line ready to move the line should it need a little more bias. The rescue boat was stationed up at the top of the lake initially and it would have taken some time to get back to the start area, this option of being on the water greatly reduces the possible wasted time in resetting the line.
The first seeding heat was away on time with the home club skippers Mick Chamberlain & Chris Elliott winning the first two heats. A little bit of local knowledge there obviously. With a very short delay to update the heat board we were underway with race 2 heat B. The wind appeared to be fairly constant in strength but there were some interesting shifts to play with that allowed you to lose or gain big depending on what side of it you were on at the time. Race 2 saw another local win this time it was Rob Wilson closely followed by the most consistent skippers namely Chris Harris & Darin Ballington. Mention should also go to Dorian Crease one of our travelling skippers from Two Islands RYC who placed fourth.
Race three saw further home success with David Rigby and his Vision holding out Colin Walton for the win.
My viewpoint was up near the clubhouse looking down the lake between the windward marks towards the leeward gate at the bottom of the lake, this allowed me to get a different perspective on the boats beating to windward, in race three Colin Walton came up towards the windward mark on a long port tack which pushed his course out into the middle of the lake, whilst David RIgby came more up the centre. Initially Colin was definitely pulling away from the fleet but then had to tack onto starboard to come back towards the windward mark, whilst he was high on the mark, he was not quiet as fast as the boats in the centre at the windward mark and he had to give best to David as they tacked over. The downwind run was very close and on the final beat back Colin again favoured the centre of the lake, it was very tight at the line, but David RIgby shaded it.
Dave Geldard called a lunch break at 12:20 after race 4B saying that we would recommence at 12:50. The skippers then topped up their cups and collected their Lincolnshire sausage burgers, and a few of us sat on the chairs provided under the gazebo to eat whilst we started to see the rain make an appearance.
Racing commenced on time, but the start was delayed slightly as two boats had become entangled during the pre-start and they needed the services of the rescue boat, by the time the boat got to them they were well down wind and away from the course, so the race was started without them. It was then that Chris Harris started to make a push for the event win with first places in both race 4 and race 5. This was also the time where Chris Cook had to retire with a boat that needed a little work.
I was getting a bit cold and wet at this stage so handed the heat boat reigns over to Jackie and said my goodbyes to everyone and set out for home. Looking at the scoresheet the PRO managed to get 7 races completed in the allotted time, which was good going, and so on behalf of the skippers I would like to say thank you to all the members of Lincoln RSC for hosting the event, and I very much hope that you have dried off and had a few minutes to put your feet up. There was a lot of walking for everyone today.
For a full set of results see here: International One Metre Midland Open Round 3 Congratulations to Chris Harris for the win with his discard being a fourth place his consistancy was superb.
The series results will be calculated and posted up soon.
We may have some pictures later depending on what is available. I have added some pictures below and there are more on the Lincoln RSC website here: https://lincolnradiosailingclub.com/