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Graham Elliott

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  1. Derrick, what you upto next Bank Holiday weekend? A space has become available at the IOM Nationals hosted by Fleetwood. I guarantee you will have a great time and learn more in 3 days than you will do in 3 years.
  2. Birkenhead club are holding four Marblehead races at WEST KIRBY this year, everyone is welcome to come along, just turn up. Start 11am---------Finish 4.45 Followed by de-brief in yacht club Best 3 races to count. MAY 12th JUNE 30th AUGUST 4th SEPTEMBER 1st
  3. Birkenhead are running a four race series for 65's this year, everyone is welcome. Start 11am-------Finish 4.45 Best 3 races to count. MARCH 17th MAY 5th JUNE 9th SEPTEMBER 8th
  4. Birkenhead are running a four race series this year and everyone is welcome to come along and sail. Just turn up on the day. Best 3 scores from 4 races will count. 11am start--------4.45 finish MARCH 17th MAY 5th JUNE 9th SEPTEMBER 8th
  5. Discount code is..... Winter18
  6. Dates below for Birkenhead IOM Winter series races. All welcome, just turn up. 5 best from 7 races. Start at 1pm. £1 Entry November 18th December 30th January 13th January 27th February 10th February 24th March 10th
  7. Hi Stephen, I do understand where you are coming from and understand your frustration as a competitor that has a genuine reason for withdrawing and doing so as to give the organising club time to adjust the budget for this loss in income. At Birkenhead this year we ran the RG Nats and had 3 no-shows, as I did not make it mandatory to pay the entrance fee in advance and trusted skippers to turn up or at least give me prior warning this loss in revenue was not budgeted for and the out-goings for the lunch's, prizes and expenses could not be adjusted, therefore we barely broke even. I have learnt from this and will demand payment before the event and refund if 4.12 is adhered to even for the lower entry races. What really annoys me is that it is the same skippers that pull this trick on the organising club, indeed I have just looked and one of the 3 skippers that did not show for the RG's also did not show for the DF's.
  8. I think the push for the SHRS system of scoring is because of the 'hot water' that is created by only having one seeding race with HMS and now a few skippers have come up with an alternative system that rids us of this 'hot water' one race shoot out that so often shapes your whole event. The simple and ever so popular fix to this is to revert back to the original 3 seeding races within HMS. Indeed when I asked everyone i could find at the IOM Euros in Garda which was over 30 skippers, only one person was a fan of the one seeding race. I must admit, I did want to sail at an event that used the SHRS system so I could give my opinion on it after experiencing it first hand but did not fully understand that a completed round of races had to be completed before the next round of races could be sorted and think this is a recipe for disaster and needs fixing, you would get 70 plus skippers waiting round the fleet board awaiting to see which heat they next sailed in, it also leaves no time at all to get yourself 'in the zone' if you find yourself in the first heat.
  9. Hi Garry, Mandy was owned by Joe Sixsmith of the Birkenhead club, she had a very short overall length if I remember correctly. Dave Potter also sailed her a few times and if I remember on I will dig out a great photo I have of her sailing downwind towards the clubhouse with full spinnaker and Dave in hot pursuit with pole in hand.
  10. Fluky Winds! Maybe a little on the Saturday but Sunday was a screamer down the middle. Birkenhead is very much like the quote from the film 'Dodgeball' 'if you dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball' At Birkenhead, 'if you can sail at Birkenhead, you can sail anywhere' Ask the 3 World champs, Rob, Brad and Martin. Equal to the rest of Europe put together.
  11. Hi Ian, the Britpop! design has been making me look quite good since 2011, the top guys are opting for this design because they want to be the top guys and are not going to be the top guys with slower designs. The choice of winch at the moment is the RMG 280 ES or EF because it is so reliable and does exactly what it says on the tin. When this winch is put inside a dry boat, that is aired between races it will not let you down. The favourite choice of masts seem to be the Pierre Gonnet ones from France, they are light and stiff and come in 3 colours, you can use the off cuts for the main and jib booms although on the top suit, many use Easton arrow shaft as it is lighter again. Batteries seem to be a mixture, get in touch with Ken Binks (K-Bits) for some expert advice on this and also TX and RX.
  12. On the motion to ratify the class rules, i have really done my best to fully understand the motion and have read Roberts, Rogers and all other comments but am still struggling with ALL the differant wording. On the motion for possible use of a differant scoring system, i am finding this one quite easy to understand. HMS has evolved for many years to were we are today with it, as a whole i like it but the major problem i find is when we changed it from 3 seeding races to just 1 seeding race, for me this is just rubbish, we need to go back to 3 and get rid of the 'HOT WATER' that is your 1 seeding race. I have read the Croatian system of the scheduled racing for the first half of the race then splitting into the fleets with no promotion or relegation, i must admit, this system does appeal to me but only for races that are 3 or more days long. For a 3 day race the idea of 2 days of scheduled racing followed by the final day of fleet racing does appeal to me, for a 5 day event, again i like the idea of just the last day of fleet racing, any more and you risk half the competitors going sight seeing or home early. I guess the problem is that although i like the Croation system, the motion is not for this system but is for the use of ANY alternative system that the organising committee feel free to use. I would not like the idea of spending a fortune on going to a major championship that uses an unproven system of scoring, i guess if the system is used at National level in a country that had an entry of around 50 boats this would prove the system before using it at a Worlds or Euros. I have to go sailing at Birkenhead tomorrow and try to get the average club sailor interested in casting there vote on these two motions and answer the questions they will ask, if we can all try and do this with IOM club sailors at our clubs we may get a better response and understanding even though it will not make a great differance to most club sailors it may get them thinking. Graham
  13. Thanks Val, some relevant points from your experience. The MYA have obviously given the IOM class the opportunity to break free from the shackles and to move the class in the direction the owners wish it to move forward. Mike Ewart made a fair point, how do we fill the roles of any NCA when we cannot fill the roles on the MYA council? I for one have absolutely no wish to sit on the MYA council but would be willing to be part of an IOM NCA and i am sure others feel the same passion for there class ,as Keith has pointed out about the DF65 and 95, they had no problem finding 4 skippers to make up there NCA. To get things moving and off the ground i have a small group of dedicated and able skippers from the class, who i believe will do a good job and cover most bases, myself, Gavin Watson, Colin Goodman and Victoria Gibson. Graham Elliott
  14. Many thanks Chris, could not agree more with Gosport club on these motions. We will get everyone applying for personal sail numbers as they cost nothing. Can you really see the club member that does not travel registering his boat or change of ownership now it costs, I don't think so, it will cause bedlam, especially when the ranking race comes to town and this member wants to sail his unregistered boat in the race.
  15. Hi Keith, in your post you mention you have created a strong class association for the 65 and 95. Is this the RG65 class and DF95 class? Graham
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