Saturday saw Round 9 of the Shillington Cup for 6M yachts open to Two Islands members, but also it was an open 6M meeting as part of the Midland District 6M Champion Skipper Series R3 2019.
We had a good turnout of seven Two Islands RYC skippers as well as Shaun Holbeche who joined us from Fleetwood MY& PBC, with Geoff Raygada doing the Race Officer duties on behalf of the host club.
We were blessed with a decent northerly breeze blowing more or less straight across the lake, which allowed us to set courses which avoided most of the wind shadows and allowed good upwind beats, with plenty of opportunities to get it wrong, so there was plenty of place changes up to the windward mark.
Throughout the day the courses remained more or less the same. Starting between red 6 and a temporary buoy near the jetty edge, initially sailing out to red 3, red 2 as a spreader then running into the eastern bay to round red 7. This course was sailed for two laps, with a short up wind finish. As the wind swung a bit more easterly as the day progressed, we moved everything one buoy to the right, which worked well for the rest of the afternoon.
It was lovely to see Dave Alexander’s new Romanza out for the first outing, finished like a fine piece of furniture, and sailing very nicely, sadly Dave could only sail for the morning session.
As usual there was little to choose speed wise between any of the different designs, two Renaissance, two Rocco’s, two Ravenna’s, a Siskin and a Romanza.
As usual the difference between leading the fleet and following behind replied to the skill of the skipper although to some extent eyesight and distance perception came into play, especially at the windward mark, with some struggling more than others. Doing turns with a 6M really hurts, so those who managed to keep clear of the buoys, or at least sail the right side of them reaped the rewards.
As the results show it was an almost demonstration sail from the clear winner Shaun Holbeche. Close on his tail, sailing consistently at the front end of the fleet was Mike Ewart, who was runner up and winner of the round of the Shillington Cup.
Despite a couple of first places, Geoff Earle, just ended up a single point behind Mike Kemp.
PRO Geoff Raygada.
For the full race results click here: Shillington Cup_ MDC 6M 16 Race Sheet results and the series results are here: https://mya-uk.org.uk/districts/midlands/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/07/MD6MCS-2019-Overall-skipper-positions-R3.pdf
The final round of this year’s 6M Champion Skipper series will be hosted by Bournville RS&MBC on 6th October 2019.
Over the weekend of 6th and 7th July the Midland District hosted the A class boats at Birmingham MBC and Bournville RS&MBC, and there was a small posting last week with the results.
Since then I have had a race report from Aland Skitt on the Midland District A Championship, and his words are below.
“There were a total of 9 entries for the event and the weather on the day was a disappointing in comparison to previous days. The wind direction was not helpful in setting a course but the Race Officer settled on an “X” course which gave two beats and a broad reach to the finish.
Chris Harris started very well in the first few races but after the fifth race Peter Wiles became dominant and sailed consistently finishing first or second save for the 12th race where his fourth place was a discard. Chris H sailed on consistently but seemed to lose out after the early races and on one occasion was overheard to say “how can I mess this one up?” or words to that effect.
Bob Isles was also fairly consistent throughout to end up with a third place. There was quite a point’s gap after the leading boats but fourth, five and six places, Terry Connell, Dave Stewart and Damian Ackroyd respectively were only separated by three points.
During the first few race there were many collisions which given the standard of the competitors was unexpected. After the third race the Race Officer addresses the contestants asking for an improved adherence to the rules. The course was changed several times in an attempt to accommodate the variable wind direction and there was a marked improvement in rule observation. At the end of the day everyone seemed happy and there had been some excellent and close sailing.
The day concluded with a convivial prize giving during which bottles of wine were handed out to the first three competitors and the trophy was awarded to the winner Peter Wiles who had sailed in an exemplary manner throughout the day. A copy of the results are here: Midland District A Cleass Championship 2019
Cake, biscuits and tea were made available and the club was thanked for its hospitality.”
Alan Skitt MA MRIN
I have also received a selection of pictures from Stephen Hodgkinson of the Bournville RS&MBC hosted PRACC 5 race, and as reported in the earlier post the results are here: https://radioaclass.wordpress.com/pracc-results/
Yesterday travelling down to Two Islands RYC the conditions were a little damp but you could see the brightness on the horizon, this we were all looking forward to as it was a very busy weekend of sport, so it was good to see 16 skippers ready at the breifing which was being conducted by Keith Coxon.
After having to cancel the event which was scheduled for Leicestershire RYC and not being able to find a replacement location due to the weed issues and the calender being full we were all ready to get back to District IOM racing. Keith called the competitiors to the line at 9:45am. The course for those of you who know Two Island RYC was a long start line almost parallel to the bay and the windward mark just off the island, all marks were rounded to port. After the first race Keith noticed that there had been a slight wind shift and he modified the start line slightly which was then the course for the rest of the day.
All 16 skippers were able to sail every heat as the host club had provided race observers, and from the outside view they did not need to call many times as the skippers were taking any penalty turns promptly and without complaint. The racing was conducted in a nice relaxed atmosphere and in good grace.
So thanks to Two Islands RYC for hosting the event and a copy of the final results are here: IOM MDCS 4 and Mac McCulloch Trophy
The full series results are here: https://mya-uk.org.uk/districts/midlands/md-iom-champion-skipper-series/iommdcs-series-results/
Last weekend the 6th July the Midland District hosted the A class yachts at Birmingham MYC for the district championship, and a full set of results are here: Midland District A Cleass Championship 2019
The following day the A’s moved to Bournville RS&MBC for the PRACC5 and the results are here: https://radioaclass.wordpress.com/pracc-results/