After what appeared to be weeks of rain 17 skippers gathered at Manor Park RSC for round 2 of this winter’s IOM champion skipper series.
Darin (PRO) called everyone together for the briefing at 10:00am saying that they were going to sail as a single fleet, the home team providing the race team for the day.
The course was set for a north westerly and it was already up to a strong top suit blow. The low morning sun was causing some issues with the start line and so it was not perfect but at least you could spot the line. The first heat then got underway and the expected pair of Rob Vice and Chris Harris, just back from the IOM Worlds in Brazil, made it to the front.
Darin then called the boats off the water as he was going to move a couple of the marks, the wind having settled down to a westerly. But before he could get into the boat a huge squall came across the lake and had everyone grabbing their boats. The wind stayed strong for quite some time and the finish line chairs were the first to go over, then the large movable seating bench, with attached concrete weights went over backwards, luckily just missing a skipper who was sheltering behind it. No damage done, and good job the boats were on the bank.
Most of the skippers turned to their C rigs, for race 2, with the waves and rolling gusts making boat handling a premium. There was no boat damage, but you certainly had to leave plenty of room to tack. Rob Wilson took line honours in race 2.
Normal service was resumed during race 3 with Rob V, Chris H & Rob W battling it out for the win.
Rob Vice was sailing Darin’s Britpop (98) and handling it well, the boat speed was good allowing him to pull clear of any pack and chase Chris H. Our first retirement of the day was Malcolm Yeomans with what appeared to be an electrical issue, he had already changed battery, and this was not the issue.
Darin called a tea break after race 3 and this allowed some skippers to consider a change back up to a B rig. These proved to be quickest and so by race 5 all skippers were now on their B rigs. Rob V then produced a run of 4 wins. Racing continued in batches until lunch was called and everyone took the opportunity to warm up. It was a crisp cold day, but the wind was lazy and cut right through you on the raised control area.
A brief chat about the merits of subscribing to the Midland District website was had and hopefully a few more of the skippers will do this as you then get a notification to any new posting on the website to your email address. This way you will be less likely to miss any NOR’s etc.
Racing continued after lunch with another couple of skippers deciding that they had had enough for the day, so we were down to a 14-boat fleet. Rob V then continued his winning ways until race 13 when 4 of the skippers decided to change up to their A rig. This change lead to Chris H then taking four on the bounce. A halt was called at 15:20 with 16 races completed and Rob & Chris taking 14 wins between them, the others going to Rob Wilson & John Smith.
See a full set of results here IOMMDWCS 19-20 R2 Manor Park RSC for all positions. There is also a series results sheet here: https://mya-uk.org.uk/districts/midlands/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/12/IOMMDWCS-2019-2020-Skippers-9-12-2019.pdf
Thanks once again to Manor Park RSC for hosting a good event, with Darin, Colin, Royston & Nancy doing the honours.
Hopefully we will have some pictures later and the series results will be posted soon.
The next round of the IOM winter series is scheduled for Leicestershire RYC on 5th January 2020, so keep an eye out for details.
Below is a small selections of pictures by Nancy Johnson.
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.