Firstly, let me begin by thanking all those who gave up their time to host and race manage the events in this winter’s Midland District IOM series, without your help this would be all the poorer.
We have a new champion in Graham Whalley of the Manor Park RSC who takes over from Rob Wilson, so many congratulations Graham. You attended all events and sailed every race possible 71.
The series final results are here: IOMMDWCS 19-20 Final Positions Skippers MVSRS with discards and a copy has been posted to the Series results page, along with the Roll of Honour update.
Looking at the final positions we had 50 different skippers from 8 Midland clubs participating, and we also had skippers from 8 other MYA clubs from outside our district.
As mentioned above we achieved 71 race starts this winter, against 74 last year, so comparing the results across the years is possible, and it shows that participation is key to getting a good overall position.
You may notice on the results sheet that there is an “sailing average” score, this is what you scored divided by the races you finished in and is a measure of consistency. The person with the lowest score is Chris Harris who averages 2.25 per race start, in practice that equates to either first or second in each of his counting races. There was also other memorable average scores Rob Vice with 2.38, Nigel Brown with 2.86.
We are now looking towards the IOM summer series which starts at Market Bosworth RYC for the “Sears Trophy” on 8th March so look out for the NOR.
On the run up to this event the weather forecast said high winds and not an inconsiderable quantity of rain. This led to several emails between the Bournville team and us, swinging between it’s looking very rough and possibly dangerous, to it does not look too bad and we should wait until the Saturday before making the final decision. The race team were in contact with the skippers and a few decided that they would cancel their entry. A final look at the Bourn (the stream between the boathouse and the lake) on Saturday and the level was not going to be an issue so the committee decided that the event would go ahead as planned, this was sent out to all skippers and posted onto the MD website.
On arriving at the club, the conditions looked quite reasonable, a good westerly possibly around the top end of A suit, and a light drizzle. Robin was taking the booking in and we ended up with an entry of 15, which considering the challenges it was good. With the water boiler on and everyone getting a brew all decided to rig up with their B suits. Phil W called everyone together in the clubhouse and explained that he would run as a single fleet but advising people to give enough room to manoeuvre. The course in the end was a standard Bournville setup with the start line down at the narrow end and windward in the broad end, so we had a windward leeward course with a splitter and downwind gate. This lasted the whole day, just with the usual Bournville challenges of the wind coming from all directions at time.
The racing got away promptly at 10:00am and after 2 races, it became apparent that the top of the lake was relatively calm whilst down the far end you were sailing hard under the B rig. The skippers with the best boat handling were able to pull a gap on the others and spread the fleet out.
After race 5 Phil called a break and we all gathered for a brew, a few of the skippers decided that they could handle the A rig in these conditions and so took the opportunity to make a change. Back on the lake and it was apparent if you could handle the boat in the gusts the top rigs extra power at the top end of the lake made the difference. I looked at the Windy.com weather forecast for Bournville and it still showed a wind speed of 21mph with gusts of up to 40mph, that is not what we were experiencing on the lake, the trees in the woods nearby were bending quite a lot though and so it appeared that most of the strong wind was over 20mtrs high.
After lunch John and Liz took over the race management duties, with all of the fleet now on their A rigs, and would you believe it this is when the wind speed increased, the runs were now getting interesting to say the least, sorry I don’t have any pictures of the boats broaching as by the time I got the camera out of the pocket the boats had righted and were quickly heading downwind again.
John Ind’s rig looked a little floppy and when he bought it back to the bank one of the shrouds was off and the spreader out, this happens but when we were trying to reattach the shroud the wire at the bottom of the bottle-screw where it is bent had sheared off. He then decided to retire for the day. By the end race 12 Darin noticed that the jib luff wire needed some attention and so he retired from race 13, Phil G also retired from the event at this time with his back playing up. So, we were now down to 12, all staying in their top suit and handling the gust far better now, the best of all was Chris H with 6 wins in the last 7 races. A new boat a Kantun 2 being sailed by Noel D which he only picked up at Christmas won it’s first race at R14. I got to sail this boat for a while, and it handled nicely. John B was also sailing a Kantun 2 and he took a race win at R8 then featured I the top 4 for the rest of the races. Having completed 16 races which gave everyone three discards John called an end to the event and all boats returned to the boat house to de-rig, the kettle was still on as well. Most of us were tired by then so were glad to finish, the scores were calculated, and prizes presented. See the final scores and positions here: IOMMDWCS2019-2020R5BournvilleRS&MBC
Thank to Phil, John, Liz, Pete, Robin and anyone I missed, for putting the event on, this allowed us to complete 5 races in this winter’s Midland District IOM series, and the series results will follow.
Pictures by Bill Green & Gordon.
Only 13 skippers gathered together at Stanton Lakes on a cold frosty morning for round 4 of this winter’s IOM champion skipper series. On the run up to the event we posted information twice to the MD website, I emailed 32 skippers direct with event details and the host club also did two email campaigns to generate interest. For those of you who looked at the forecast and decided not to come you missed a well-run event sailed with a high level of rule observance and a lovely sunny day once it had popped over the horizon.
In the week running up to the event we had a lovely westerly wind albeit with more than some rain, and the club hoping that the wind direction would remain had set a provisional course on the Thursday. Several of the race team arrived early to be confronted with a light Northerly breeze and so the boat was launched and Laurie Brown rowing out to do the re-set. The northerly is not the best direction for our lake as it blows directly into the control area and so the windward mark is directly away from you. Steve Haywood (PRO) decided that it was best to do a three-lap race to keep the windward mark from being an eyesight test.
The briefing was called at 9:50am and Steve explained that the host club would be providing the race team and observers, so the skippers only had to enjoy a days sailing. Whilst everyone was gathered together, we took the opportunity to present Laurie Brown with the IOMMDCS shield for his series win in summer 2019.
Racing started promptly at 10:00 and once that race was underway it became obvious that the change in wind direction was bringing some long strands of weed through the course, the frost obviously having loosened it up. Several of the skippers gathered this around their fins and rudders leaving two (11, 52) unable to finish the course. We then had a short break whilst a small gang set about removing the weed that had gathered close to the shore, it was also the launching area.
The work done we were quickly underway with Steve deciding that he would run two races back to back, as the first race had taken about 12 minutes. Race 2 saw everyone getting a finish, but race 3 saw the weed get Darin (98). Some of the skippers were taking the opportunity to check their fins etc when they went through the downwind gate as it was close to the bank. The problem was handled by the skippers in good grace, and as the day went on this became much less of an issue.
The wind had died off to very light by 12:15 so Steve decided that he would call an early lunch and we would have a review at 12:45. During this time the wind backed to a more normal westerly and we were ready to change the course, in fact Laurie was once again on boat duty and had picked up two of the windward mark ready to move them, only to be told to drop them back into the previous location as the wind had veered back to a northerly. Once he was back on shore Steve called the skippers together and said we would try a couple of two lap races. With the wind back to a indicated 4-5 mph this resulted in a 8-9 minute race, which was considered too short, so he changed back to three lap races.
Racing continued until 15:20 when Steve called the next race (15) would be the last, unfortunately we could not get in the 16th race to get three discards, but the usual protagonists were out front and so it would not have made any real difference in the positions. Everyone had their share of weed so it had evened it’s self out over the day’s racing.
The results were calculated by Gordon and Tom whilst the skippers were packing away, and prizes distributed. A full breakdown of the results is here: IOMMDWCS 2019-2020 R4 Market Bosworth RYC results final and the series positions are here: https://mya-uk.org.uk/districts/midlands/md-iom-champion-skipper-series/iommdcs-series-results/
During the presentation Darin reminded everyone that the next round would be at Bournville RS&MBC on 16th February.
Just a quick note to say thanks very much to those who made it yesterday either sailing or helping (and also Dave’s wife Sylvia), a good day had by all, slightly spoilt by a return of the weed which I suspect may have been due to the cold snap and change of wind direction, hopefully it will be gone again by Thursday. Laurie Brown MBRYC Chairman.
Ten IOM Midland District skippers turned up to Leicestershire RYC, on a cool grey morning. The wind was playing nice and the host club were able to set their standard ‘A’ course. For those of you who do not know the venue it is in an old brick pit so the bottom is a long way down, making buoy movement almost impossible.
Eric Finley (PRO) called everyone together and explained about the venue and course and obviously we would run as a single fleet. The host club had a couple of members there to do the finish line etc, so thanks to them for their help all day. Racing was done as a pair of races run back to back, saving time getting the boats on and off the water, and even with a lunch break the team managed to get 17 races away before the finish time of 15:30.
The final results are here: IOMMDWCS 2019-2020 R3 Leicestershire RYC Results So congratulations go to Dorian Crease who was on his first visit to Leicestershire RYC and also the furthest travelled skipper coming up from his home club of Two Islands RYC.
The series results have been added to the Series page here: https://mya-uk.org.uk/districts/midlands/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/01/IOMMDWCS-2019-2020-Skippers-6-1-2020.pdf
A small selection of pictures beloe are by Eric Finley.