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.
Following the final round of this summers IOM Midland District Champion Skipper series at Bournville RS&MBC, we now have a new champion for 2019, and let me congratulate Laurie Brown of Market Bosworth RYC for rising to the top and taking his first series title. Full details of the Champion Skipper positions are here: IOMMDCS&C 2019 Skippers 9-9-2019
Series breakdown: we had 37 different skippers and 5 race officials who scored points in the 2019 championship. 4 skippers sailed all 52 races.
The Champion Club once again goes to Manor Park RSC, this makes it a hatrick of titles, so congratulations to them. A full breakdown of all 8 Midland clubs who took part is here: IOMMDCS&C 2019 Clubs 9-9-2019
The series roll of honour is here: MDCS Roll of Honour
Thanks to all the clubs who hosted an event and skippers who supported the series by travelling to other Midland clubs during the summer.
The 2019-2020 IOMMDWCS skipper series gets underway on 10th November 2019 at Manor Park RSC, and the District will be holding the AGM after racing.
The weather forecasts and the limp state of the trees this morning did not bode well for a good days sailing. It shows just how wrong you can be if a little patience is applied. True to the predictions, the wind early this morning was very light and PRO Jon Harris and me (ARO) watched it switch through 180 degrees several times before racing started. Not good omens, it left us with wondering what sort of course to set.
Life became a little more complicated because we had 23 entrants, would it be 1 fleet or 2. In the end we opted to use the middle of the lake start line, giving us options and one fleet to be our starter for 10 or should I say 23. The wind messed around a bit as we expected, we started with 1 lap and as soon as the wind appeared to settle down, we opened it up to 2. It didn’t take long before Darin Ballington and Mark Dicks got into gear. Local hero Peter Moore got himself into all sorts of unlikely trouble with the first couple or three races, but then got himself sorted out and back into gear. Steve Haywood kept things going as the day progressed, as did Laurie Brown.
The wind kicked in, behaved itself and so did the fleet. The standard of sailing and rule observation by the whole fleet was very good indeed and turns were taken promptly when penalties were incurred. Bournville is never an easy place to sail and some of the close battles in mid fleet were a pleasure to watch. At the end of 14 races Darin headed the fleet with Peter Moore and Mark Dicks 2nd and 3rd respectively, Steve Haywood and Laurie Brown were 4th and 5th. Have a good look at the scores and you will see that these were not runaway victories and the mid fleet folk all had their own personal moment in the spotlight. All in all, a cracking day’s sailing in lovely sunny weather by a very well natured fleet. Now for the Winter Series, best wrap up warm.
Cheers, Bill Green ARO.
Click here for the full results IOMMDCS R5 Bournville r14 take a close look at the results as there were tie breaks for places 8th & 9th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th, all this after 14 races.
I would like to thank John Harris, Bill Green, Robin, Rita, Phil G and anyone who helped make the Bournville event a success. Don’t worry we will be coming back again next year, hopefully for a winter IOM event.
Below is a selection of pictures by Sylvia Holyoak.
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.