The final rond of this series saw 14 competitors starting the race. The wind was straight down the lake edging in strength on a stiff B Rig. Mark Rose broke down in the first heat and had to change from B to C Rig for the rest of the evening. The racing was competitive all evening with the eventual winner being Derek Priestley.
We’ve just had a great weekend of Classic & Vintage Marblehead racing. With 14 boats and visitors from as far south as Gosport & London, north from Edinburgh , Wales, Yorkshire and of course our own members all contributing to a very successful weekend. We raced all day sat and we had 2 sinkings! Peter Iles & Keith Wiseman (Wizzy) had to take to the rescue boat and re-float the boats! Another unusual occurrence was a “dead heat” in one of the races, where the boats crossed the finish line together. Many miles were walked, and several new friendships were made as we raced, lunched, and some of us dined together at the North Euston Hotel on the Saturday night before doing it all again on Sunday.
At the end the 1st Vintage boat (boats with “old fashioned” keels) was the Alan & Robert Bell’s 1955 Witchcraft “Rena Pat” 2nd Vintage was Peter Whitesides’s 1965 Bosun’s Mate sailed by Wizzy & Sam Roberts. Those two also won the Team Of Two (TOT’s) prize for the combined highest score.
In the Classic group (boats with short fin & bulb keels) 1st was Gareth & Elizabeth Jones with their Witty Skippy. 2nd was Damian Ackroyd & Eric Austwick with a Bloodaxe.
All skippers & race team voted for the nicest boat and that was won by David Geldard from Leeds with his very nice looking Mirage (designed & built in the late 1960’s by John Lund of Leeds & Bradford club.
All in all it was a great weekend and great to see so many eople had taken so much care and attention with their boats. I don’t know the names of all the designs but here’s a few not already mentioned
Nigel Brown 1950’s Tucker Duck Derek Morland 1960’s Witty Wasp Mick Parkington 1960’s Priest Witchcraft Tony Wilson 1960’s Priest Witchcraft Richard Enos a modern built 1930’s design by Daniel Max Buttimer 1950’s ???? Wendy Peter Iles 1960’s Witty Vega David Mathers 1970’s ?????? Black Princ Lisa Priestley Clem Edwards design from the late 60’s
All old boats sailed by old Blokes & a few young ladies!! Come & join us next year.
Overall final scores
1 A & R Bell “Rena Pat” Vintage 48 2 G & E Jones “Skippy” Classic 44 3 D Ackroyd & E Austwick “Bloodaxe” Classic 44 4 D Geldard & E Austwick “Mirage” Classic 39 5 L Priestley & M Roberts “Seans Boat” Classic 38 6 K Wiseman & S Roberts “Bosun’s Mate” Classic 32 7 N Brown “Quackers” Vintage 31 8= D Morland & T Rees “Wasp” Vintage 29 8= P Iles & R Jolly “Vega” Classic 29 8= D Mathers & S Lewis “Black Prince” Classic 29 11 M & S Parkington “Pemar” Vintage 28 12 M Buttimer “Wendy J” Vintage 25 13 T Wilson & W Audley “Ballerina” Vintage 19 14 R Enos “Double Trigger” Vintage 16
The Club hold regular mid-week evening events at the lake sailing DF95 (Tuesday), IOM (Wednesday) and DF65 (Thursday). Racing normally starts at 6.30pm. Anyone who is interested in seeing how our sport operates is welcome and we can arrange for them to have a trial sail so come along just introduce yourself to any of the members present.
This week has seen some poor evenings with either heavy rainfall os increasing winds with the result tahe the racing sessions have had to be curtailed. The reults are as follows:-