Several skippers and families enjoyed a great Saturday evening meal at The Railway on the day that the rugby world cup was decided. A great time and much wine was had by all in the great local pub.
Wow, we arrived at the lake at 08.00, thick fog and not a breath of wind, but give it a couple of hours and the sun came out and a gentle breeze filled in from the South West to get racing started on the East bank. Quite a long beat and run course was set that gave the fleets three good beats, the shifty wind catching quite a few skippers out throughout the day, with the shifts changing in virtually every race.
Seeding races were won by Chris Elliot from Lincoln and Derek Priestley from Fleetwood. The breeze had filled in after a short delay (the scoring computer not playing the right tune) and some exciting races followed, and with two fleets skippers got a break from the long walk up and down the bank. Race two was won by Nigel Brown from Gosport, last year’s winner of the Clive Hand, with second going to Rob Wilson and third Tim Hand a Lincoln member. Race three and four were won by Darin Ballington sailing a Widget from probably 10 years ago but still in fine condition, Nigel Brown keeping his score low with a second in race four, Tim Long also got a great result in race four with a third but was to better this in race 5 with a bullet. As I said earlier, the shifts in quite a decent breeze were catching skippers out big time, so there were one or two glum faces. That needed turning around. Out came the famous sausage burgers with a few onions and smiles returned.
Race six saw a 20 degree shift in wind to the west followed by a drop in strength and it looked likely it would fade completely but there was still a bit of pressure to enable A and B to complete the course before the breeze returned to its original direction and increased a couple of knots to allow race seven to be completed. There were some great battles up and down the fleets and skippers were extremely well behaved with the observers doing a great job.
The final A fleet race in light winds had the Sedici of Nigel Brown take the gun and Tim Hand with another Sedici second and the widget of Darin Ballington coming home in third.
All in all, a great day’s racing, and our thanks to the many helpers from Lincoln and other visiting clubs to make sure we were all kept well fed and watered. The race team from scorers, to finish line team, observer getters, cake makers, bacon cookers, burger cookers, just a Big Thank You.
Also, the skippers – thank you very much for coming and we hope you had an enjoyable day and will come back and visit Lincoln again soon
Club helpers who gave their time with help and support. Without them No event.
Mick Chamberlain, Alan Edgar, Ed Whitaker, Ivan Stephenson, Greg Codling, Roger Bacon, Geoff Streeter, Gordon Bennett, Jen Hand, and of course Jan Cooper, with the bacon butties.
Non-Club Members, Darin Ballington for help with HMS and in the dingy, Maureen Priestley and Sue Benson for their culinary skills with the sausage burgers.
Michael Wallace (Clive’s cousin), Caz, and Riley (Jen’s daughter-in-law and great grandson) for ensuring we always had observers. Cake!!! many thanks to all the contributors who baked and supplied us all with cake, it all went down very well.
We mustn’t forget there was also a collection for the RNLI. We are very pleased to be sending the RNLI a cheque for £150.00. A huge thank you from Jen.
Report by Mick Chamberlain.
Pictures by Jen Hand.
The first round of the Midland District winter IOM series for 2019-2020 started off with the Clive Hand memorial trophy at Lincoln RSC last weekend, and copy of the results are here: Clive Hand Memorial Trophy & IOMMDWCS R1
We hope to have a few words and pictures when people have the time. Thanks to everyone at Lincoln RSC for running the event and we hope to see you at the next one.
Following a really wet weeks weather in the lead up to the MYA R36 National at Bournville RS&MBC the sun came out for the 10 skippers on the Sunday.
Looking at the results it appears that once again Chris Harris was the man to beat with 9 race wins from the 12 races completed. The other results were 3 second places, so congratulations to him. The only person to take a win from Chris was John Burgoine. A full set of results are here: 2019 R36 results Bournville RS&MBC
Thanks to the Bournville club in hosting the event, and Bill Green for the results as I know that they were short manned over the weekend, and I am sorry that I was not there. Here is a picture from last year.
Well the 4th and final event of the Midland District Champion Skipper for Six metre yachts was today at Bournville and we had 10 skippers to start with but there were a few who fell by the wayside as the day progressed and we ended the day with 5 skippers on the water, the wind was very much a Bournville special with sometimes a yacht surfing downwind past one becalmed upwind.
The racing was tight and good natured, with Robin Webb getting off to a flying start with a borrowed boat, and always round about the front, a great start in the class by Robin but the 2 Mikes and Chris Cook soon got their act in gear and then they managed to hog all the first places.
As I have alluded to above the wind was a bit variable and we all suffered from being in the wrong place at some time during the day, this was the final event of this year’s inaugural series and overall we have had 20 different yachts out in the series well done everyone. We just need to sail more as it is noticeable that there are yachts not completing a day’s racing on quite a regular basis, we need to sail these more often and then they won’t be breaking down as much and all the weak points will be eliminated.
Congratulations to Shaun Holbeche who sailed well in his 3 races, and to Mark Dicks who only completed 2 of the 3 counting races.
A great day sailing and a good series so let’s get more boats travelling next year please, the dates will be in the 2020 Midland District calendar so get them in your diary, and we will see you all next year.
When we put the series together the intent was to spread the word about 6’s, and we have achieved that, and the racing was superb to watch. I’ve done a bit of that this year for one reason or another. It’s been fascinating watching Shaun, Mark and the two Mikes Ewart and Kemp tussling it out on the course.
The 6 fleet is both competitive and friendly and you must have your A game well sorted to be in the mix. The series is all set for next year so please come out and play, you will be very welcome.
The Bournville RS&MBC results are here: MD6MCS 2019 R4 and the series results are on the MD6MCS page here: https://mya-uk.org.uk/districts/midlands/md-6m-champion-skipper-series/
Congratulations go to Mike Ewart (Two Islands RYC) who sailed in 3 events, and was the PRO at his home club, and with a final score of 275 points he is the top Midland District club skipper.
Below is a selection of pictures I received from Alistair Grieve, who was passing and came to look at what was going on. Luckly he had his camera with him and he has offered these for the MD website.