IOM Windsor Trophy Report


We don’t appear to have lifted the 2016 ‘curse of the dodgy winds’ at Fleetwood. Sunshine we can do… good breeze? not so much. Will it ever blow straight down the lake again? Do South Westerly winds even exist anymore? Do we have to build a giant crab shaped effigy to the Westerly wind god Zephyrus and make ‘certain’ sacrifices on a moonlit night? Hang on, can we even find any virgins in Fleetwood to utilise in this crazy ceremony? So many questions too few Peroni’s  🙂


Anyway, on to actual sailing, we had a healthy turnout of 13 boats today, 3 more than last year and 13 more than the year before. 16 races were run in good spirits with the occasional beat and a lot of reaching. Despite the scalextric courses there was still plenty of tight battles to be had throughout the fleet as can be witnessed in the final scores below. At the end of the day Walshy came out on top with Sean ‘the ringer’ Priestley in second and Mike Parkington earning a well deserved 3rd.

Final Results

  • 1st Rob Walsh: 17 pts
  • 2nd Shaun Priestley: 22 pts
  • 3rd Mike Parkington: 47 pts
  • 4th Bill Culshaw: 54 pts
  • 5th Derek Priestley: 60 pts
  • 6th John Brierley: 63 pts
  • 7th Peter Baldwin: 80 pts
  • 8th Rick Ford: 81 pts
  • 9th Tim Lanigan: 82 pts
  • 10th Tommy Mills: 101 pts
  • 11th David Foster: 120 pts
  • 12th Sue Parkington: 127 pts
  • 13th Chris Chatfield : 129 pts

Special mention for Derek, who having lent his boat to his son, played the role of super sub and sailed a race in every boat in the fleet. He was successful in this endeavour, helping a few of us out at the back of the fleet with tuning and tweaks but was ultimately bamboozled by Bill Culshaw’s transmitter. Apparently the waggling stick was on the left and stop/go stick was on the right!? Sounds like some kind of strange voodoo to me! Good effort Mr P.

Thanks, as always, to Eric ‘Get Back you lot’ Watkinson for keeping us honest and keeping the scores.

And finally some great pictures from Peter Baldwin who snatched them while Derek was galavanting around with his boat. Cheers Peter.