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  1. Great arguments from both sides, anybody that reads these posts must understand the amount of time spent researching the 'facts' that both parties have put in to give such detailed responses. Unfortunately I have not got quite that level of time to spend on the subject but I have picked up on a few points and also live in the 'real' world of radio sailing and how a club operates. Of the 60 or so members at Birkenhead, I would say about 20% of our membership would voice an opinion about a vote from the MYA, the rest of the membership are not really too interested unless it directly affects them and the club sailing they do. Therefore I feel it quite unfair and undemocratic that these 20% then carry forward the vote of the whole club when voting. I hear what you say about the MYA being a collection of clubs. The other point I picked up on is the volunteer sitting on IRSA and MYA Council, I think this is not a problem if that person can do both jobs well and we should applaud the volunteer for giving his time to fill two roles, we have such a problem finding volunteers to do anything at the moment, indeed the MYA have been looking for someone to fill the role of IOM class captain for months now with no joy. As for the MYA applying sanctions to any club not bothering casting a vote, well, again, I live in the 'real' world and know the MYA will not punish such clubs with exclusion, what would they gain from this, nothing. Please do not take my points personally, they are just points of view from the 'real' world of club sailing gained from many years experience.
  2. Birkenhead are back this weekend, sailing IOM, 6 skippers, social distancing, pre-entry, carpark locked after the 6 are in. Not a formal calendar club race but a way to ease us back into sailing.
  3. To be fair, Tim does have a point, the races have been cancelled, at no fault of the MYA but to try and keep us all safe from Covid 19. Not sure about a reduction though, the MYA will have lost an awful lot of revenue due to no race fees coming in but still have pretty much the same expenditure, marketing, insurance, yearbook etc. Probably the same at club level, clubs lost revenue from entry fees, canteen etc but same expenditure.
  4. Getting back to my club history I thought this bit might be relevant- “On 10th January 1940 the club secretary Wm Carpenter sent a notice to members stating that owing to war conditions it would not be possible to carry through the usual club events or fixtures. There was an AGM held in the boathouse on March 16th 1940. A special AGM on May 2nd 1942. Another special meeting on June 6th 1945. Another on 4th February 1946. Then club sailing settled into a routine, with racing on Saturdays again. However I think the lake could be used during the war, as there was permission for members to use the Air Raid shelters in Gautby Road school. This was from one of our longest serving members of Birkenhead, Joyce Roberts (Martins Mum) And we think we have it bad, have a thought for those poor folk. At Birkenhead the committee are in talks about how sailing will start up again, once it is safe to do so, all the ideas from this forum are being considered including match racing and 3/4 boat fleet sailing, pre-register for club races so we can limit numbers, rigging on the bankside and not the clubhouse, masks, gloves, staying a Marblehead top suit away from each other, etc.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Discount code is..... Winter18
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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