IOM Open “Ted Ward” Trophy Series No 1
Saturday 19th January 2019.
What a great start to a new open series, the weather eventually was kind to us after the early snow showers which turned to slush.
Forecast was cloudy with 6/8 mph wind easterly which gave us a few problems setting a start line however, our sailing o/d with the help of others were able to set a reasonable course and start line.
All boats were on top rigs with visitors from Lincoln, Bridlington, Askern and the home club Rotherham. Racing proved to be competitive all the way through the eleven races.
Geoff Farrar started well, but had boat problems after two 1st places, but it was Malcolm Yeoman’s who came to the fore showing us the way round. Dave Darwell myself and Peter Cogill where left to fight it out for 2nd 3rd 4th places.
Congratulations to Malcolm for his consistent performance, second and third were close between Dave Darwell and myself with only 2 points in it.
The self-observing went well with all competitors doing there turns when needed. A very enjoyable days racing with plenty of good banter by everyone. This is what sailing is all about long may it continue.
Brian Quinn Racing Officer Rotherham.
Hot off the press is the report and results from Event 3 of the ND IOM Winter Series. Another excellent turnout, well done. Thanks to Joanne Sharp for the Report, and Paul Rudkin for the Results.
Askern RSC IOM Open and Round 3, MYA Northern Winter Series
Sunday 6th January 2019
This event, and probably a half decent weather forecast attracted a pleasing number of visitors from around the District and with a good entry from the home club, 19 boats assembled in the pit area outside the Lakeside café.
Race Officer Brian Cheetham got us started promptly on a triangle / sausage course which used most of the length of the lake – a good course that provided plenty of close racing. Winds started quite light, just enough, and filled in at times later in the day to give some lively sailing towards the top of No1.
Early notable performances came from Derek Priestley who won the first 4 races and then another before the lunch break, Askern member Dave Darwell who put together a sequence of 3 second places and two firsts after a quiet first race and David Foster had a couple of second places early on and then popped up with two wins before the lunchbreak which came after 9 races. Damian Ackroyd, Craig Rastrick and Dave Rigby also put in some very useful results during the morning.
A noticeable feature of the day was the fleet spread, or lack of it; racing was close from front to back and the gap between first and last boats, pleasingly short, so Mr Cheetham, a hard task master and a good day, gave the fleet no chance to hang around. After a minimalist lunch break, he had us all back on the water.
Craig Rastrick started the afternoon with a win, Dave Darwell put in a string of good finishes, including 3 wins, Derek P had another win, David Foster continued to put in good results and in the 16th and final race, another local skipper, Dave Rigby popped up with win.
Despite some skippers lacking experience (their own definition) racing was very well disciplined, there wasn’t a lot of contact and when there was, people did their turns ungrudgingly. That and winter blue skies and 16 races in the day made for a thoroughly pleasant days sailing.
Paul Rudkin did his usual speedy job with the results before people set off for home with a win for Dave Darwell on 28 points, Derek Priestley in second on 32 points, Craig Rastrick, 44, David Foster, 47 and Dave Rigby on 56.
A special mention goes to Chris Moore. This was his first time back competing after major heart surgery at the end of last year. Not only was it great to see him back at the lake, but he finished in a very creditable 6th place overall.
Thanks go to our visitors from Fleetwood, Rotherham, Barrow in Furness and Hull.
Thanks also to Brian Cheetham and his race team; they did a splendid job.
Report on the A Class Open Meeting hosted by Askern Radio Sailing Club on Sunday 21st October 2018
Ten skippers arrived well on time to take part in this first A Class Event at Askern. With all entrants there, an early start was in order. Two changes of course before the start as the wind shifted 180 degrees and refused to settle. A course was set and used throughout the day comprising 10 races. All the buoys were used to create a course with a couple of beats “some where on the course”. It was a day of mixed fortunes with four skippers taking wins and it was not unusual for a boat to lose out yards from the finishing line. There was some close racing in good humour and the right spirit. A few turns and no disputes. Well done skippers. The morning started with two laps of the course but as the wind eased it was reduced to one lap. The eventual winner was David Thomas, accumulating 17 points after two discards. Sam Gill a fine second place with 23 points and David Stewart third with 27 points.
Report by Paul Rudkin