Last Sunday saw 15 skippers gather at Bournville RS&MBC for the Mac Colyer Trophy for the Midland District IOM Champion. Our PRO for the day was Bill Green, assisted by Ian Cook who recorded the finish line results. After the very early morning rain had passed it looked like a race organisers nightmare with what breeze there was coming from all directions. Most of the boats were having a practice sail and so things were ready straight after the briefing. The lake was in good condition as was the newly repaired walkways around the edge, there was even a couple more of the big trees that had been removed since I was there a couple of weeks ago.
With the briefing done and everyone on the water Bill suggested for the first race he would do just one lap and finish halfway up the lake between two marks, this was done so everyone could assess how long each race was likely to take. It was good to see 15 IOMs on a start line again after such a long layoff, what was more difficult was getting away from the line as the wind was almost non-existent. However once away John Burgoine was never headed and so claimed the first win, and Chris Cook then worked his way to the front of the pack to claim second. The first race was around 10 minutes long and so for the second race Bill decided to go to two laps, this suited John Humphries as he grabbed his first win, local knowledge coming to the fore?
Race three saw the first of five wins going to Nigel Barrow, our visitor from Frensham Pond MYG, it was his first race at Bournville RS&MBC and he found the place to his liking. One of our other travelling skippers was Dorian Crease from Two Islands RYC who found his way up to fourth in race three. After race four, won by John Burgoine, Bill called a tea break, this gave me time to put the race results on to the laptop. During the break Peter Moore said to me that he was struggling to find the speed in his boat, obviously the tea had done him the world of good as in the next nine races his worst score was a 4th.
After race six Bill called lunch, with the instruction that the next race would be started at 13:00, true to his word the starter was pressed on time, and we were away again. At lunch the top places were, Nigel Barrow, John Burgoine, Chris Cook and Peter Moore, all fairly close at this stage, I did allude to Peter Moore’s performance earlier and he put in a great set of results which were only matched by Nigel Barrow.
Two of the older designs were also putting in some good results at times with the Isis of John Ind getting a 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th in his series of 13 races, there was even a Red Wine of Roger Hopper who had two 4ths, a 5th and two 6ths. Some of the old designs can still do well in the light conditions.
By race 11 Bill called the skippers together and asked them if they wanted to stop for an afternoon tea break or carry on for a further two races and call it a day a little earlier than planned, the unanimous decision was that we would carry on and finish at the end of race 13. To be honest the skippers conduct with handling the conditions and remaining mostly incident free had allowed us to get in more racing than looked possible at the onset of the day, so we were happy to go along with this arrangement.
After the final whistle and whilst the skippers were packing away, we completed the scores and were ready for the prize presentation. See here for the final results. MidlandDistrictIOMandMacColyerTrophy.
Congratulations go to Nigel Barrow who finished first with a score of 21 points after discards from 13 races, he unfortunately cannot win the Mac Colyer Trophy as he is from outside the Midland District, so that goes to Peter Moore who finished second with a score of 29 points from 13 races.
The Mac Colyer trophy is a silver rose bowl that was given to the District after Mac had passed away. Mac Colyer was a long-time member of the Leicestershire RYC and he enjoyed his sailing owning both IOMs and M class yachts.
Whilst chatting to Nigel at lunchtime he said that he had a website dedicated to all things IOM and that he would send me a link to have a look, so before writing this up today I have taken the time to review the content and can say that it is definitely worth the time to look over it yourself, the link is here: https://www.nigelbarrow.co.uk/
The next Midland District IOM is the “Clive Hand memorial trophy” at Lincoln RSC on 3rd October and I am sure that they will be happy to see you all, keep an eye open for the NOR and race entry system to get registered for the event.
Well 8 brave skippers turned up for this event well considering the weather forecast it was very definitely not a promising prospect, but as it happened, we got a few drops of rain and a reasonable wind all day, so the conditions were a lot better than I expected.
Shaun Holbeche again sailed well to win overall but not as easily as normal he was chased by Graeme Harris with his very pretty burgundy (not pink) Rococo and John Burgoine with his Romanza, with a couple of teething problems, there was a good selection of people at the top end of the fleet throughout the day, but consistency paid off. The results are here: 2021 MD6MCS R3 results
A good day sailing even from the side-lines, just wish I could have been out there with them.
My thanks must go to the race team, Sue, and Brian Haith for scoring all the finishes, always knowing what race we were on and when they were finishing, Alan Smedley for looking after the course alterations keeping the rescue boat pumped up (a slow puncture) and assisting with observation of the proceedings, and last but by no means least Martin Underhill for his assistance and photos.
Don’t forget round 4 is at Bournville RS&MBC 3rd October, and we look forward to seeing you all there for a good day’s racing
Mike Ewart, TIRYC.
16 skippers had pre-entered for this event with competitors coming from both Northern and South Western District clubs. At the booking in we had 14 as a couple had to withdraw. The weather forecast was not looking good for the PRO Peter Moore, what with the wind coming across the lake and the threat of showers, if not heavy rain. He called the skippers together on time for their briefing and asked that they stick with the no doubted changes of course during the day. The race management was provided by the host club with Mick Barnett, Roger Hopper and Robin Webb doing all the outdoor duties come rain or shine.
The event was going to be run as a single fleet with little breaks after each three races to refuel or adjust as required. The Bournville RS&MBC had provided cake and coffee at their outdoor table all day, and I can tell you that it was well frequented by all. During race three there was an incident adjacent to the finish line that ended up in a protest, this is unusual for the 6m fleet, but we decided that the hearing would be at lunchtime so as not to hold up the racing. Peter called lunch at 12:30 saying they had 30 minutes and we would restart at 13:00.
Racing recommenced and Peter managed to get a further 6 race away before the finish time, which gave everyone 12 races so this allowed for 2 discards. See here for the final positions. 2021 MD6mCS Round 2 Bournville RS&MBC results
The prizes were presented by Stephen Hodgkinson, and a selection of pictures are in the gallery below.
The series results after round 2 will be published soon as will the NOR for the third round when we all go back to Two Islands RYC.
15 skippers turned up for this event which due to the shortened calendar this year was a multi-use event serving as a Six Metre Open, a round of the Midland District Six Metre Champion Skipper series and a round of the Two Islands Shillington Cup Series, so thankfully we had the services of Richard Dolman manipulating the computer to sort out the scores, The weather was a bit overcast with drizzle threatening all day but never really happening, the wind was nominally from the NE but was moving around a fair bit during the day and was up and down quite repetitively.
As to the sailing there was a good selection of race winners but overall Shaun Holbeche was the master of conditions, we raced as one fleet which was a sight to see there was needless to say a few comments on the vagaries of the 2 Islands wind or lack of it but overall the racing was close particularly at the front of the fleet large gains and losses from all when they sailed into a dead patch or caught a gust and came flying down the lake overtaking everybody.
We also had unmeasured yachts taking part due to the difficulty of getting sixes measured at present (covid) so those who have been busy building boats during the various lockdowns etc could get them out on the water.
Overall, Shaun Holbeche had a good win followed by Vinnie Zammit with Derek Priestley and John Sharman following on.
I think they all had a good day out it was great to see so many boats on the water and that was with 2 withdrawals due to personal problems and 2 suffering from back problems during the day.
The final positions are here: Six Metre Open
Mike Ewart. Two Islands RYC.
The next round of the Midland District 6M Champion Skipper series 2021 is at Bournville RS&MBC on 4th July, so get your entries in to the club.