Below is some news that some of you new IOM skippers may not have seen but might be interested in. There’s also news for DF65 skippers
Every month in 2019, Rotherham MYC will be sailing two IOM open series events (the Craig Rastrick Trophy Series event and the Ted Ward Trophy Series event) and one DF65 / RG65 event – (the George Cliff Trophy Series event). All are sailed at Harthill Reservoir once a month throughout the year. A table of all the dates of these events can be found here.
This Saturday – 19th Jan 2019, will be the first of the Ted Ward IOM Series. Briefing will be at 9:45
There are an impressive number of open events in the Northern District this February, and they can be found on the ND IOM Events page
For our first club event of the New Year, twelve skippers turned out in what began as a flat mill pond with hardly a breath, it took forever to complete our first race on a simple up and down course using half the length of the lake. In hindsight if we had waited about three quarters of an hour or so we would have been blessed with a nice breeze from the start, as it was we struggled on through our first few races with the wind very slowly picking up, we decided a brew was our best option and to get into the warmth of the clubhouse for a while. Brew over and to our amazement not only had the wind got up, but it was enough for a sail change from A+ to A, so out we went, and after a slight course change we had some good racing for the remaining time. Eleven races were had in the day with five different skippers taking bullets, but it was Uncle Derek who came out on top, from Garry and John. So what began as looking like a non-event, turned out to be a great days racing, and we even had time at the end for Derek to go over one or two rules, regarding the start and rights of way at the marks.
Eleven skippers turned out for this the last 65 event of the
year, and had to endure light winds and rain showers all day.
A figure eight course was set of two laps, and we did eight
races before the light faded. A+ rig was the sail of choice if you had one, but
the A rig came more into play as the wind strengthened a little later on.
Garry was in dominant form taking six bullets, and two
seconds, easily putting him top of the tree, with Chris in second spot.
Thanks to Peter for RO duties.
So that’s it for this year regarding the 65, we are back in
the New Year on 5th January at 12 noon for the Winter Series 3
20th October 2018
A good turnout of twelve skippers made it a great start for the first event in our Winter Series. A fine dry day for a change with a light breeze, was an ideal opportunity for those who had them to try out the A+ rig, now allowed in events at the club. Only Garry and Bob out of the twelve so far had acquired the sail, and the difference in performance was reflected in the results, with Garry taking nine bullets out of the eleven raced. John P as usual was well placed using the stock A sail, with Bob close behind.
We completed eleven races at a leisurely pace with a break in-between for a brew. On what was akin to a pentagon shape course of two laps, changing the start line a few times for the wind change.
All got through the day without major failures, except for Ken with winch problems in his second race, this put him out for the day, and was the last thing he needed having already arrived a little late due to a start time mix up, but he kindly stayed on and recorded the finishes for us.
Our next DF 65 event in the Series is on December 1st at 12 noon
DF 65 Capt.
15th September 2018
It was all about the minor places as John continued his good form this Series to take the title in this the final event of our Saturday Series.
Ten skippers turned out for our new start time of 1pm, and with a light unpredictable shifting wind, A rig was the sail of choice. A figure eight course was set and twelve races were had in the time.
Garry sailed well and took three bullets finishing in second place, but it was John who out performed us all by taking seven firsts and five seconds.
Only one breakdown of note this week, Bob Jones a servo replacement caused him to miss the first three races.
Thanks to Peter for RO.
We now move on to our Winter Series which starts on Saturday October 20th at 1pm.
DF 65 Capt.
6th September 2018
What a joy to see thirteen dragons out on the water for this the final evening meeting of the year. C rig was the sail of choice for the majority of the fleet with a couple opting for the B.
A figure eight course was set as we got away at the new time of 6pm. Difficult conditions didn`t stop Derek, John and Chris leading the way as usual, but it was Derek who was unbeatable taking seven bullets and finishing ahead of John who was second by seven points.
Overall a good nights sailing in tough conditions was had by all, although there were a couple of breakdowns in the evening which were quickly remedied, and the boats were soon back on the water.
So that brings us to the end of Series 3, with John taking the title with maximum points, congratulations to him, and thanks to all for turning out over the summer evenings to make the Series such a success.
My thanks goes to Peter J for being race officer over the series, it really is a big help, allowing me to sail rather than worry about who’s over the line at the start etc.
We look forward now to the Winter Series, so get your coats, gloves and wet weather gear at the ready, it will be upon us soon. Doris is already charged and raring to go.
DF 65 Capt.
Here is the final result for the series
Wouldn’t it be great to see all 18 skippers on the water at the same time! (Editor’s comment)
30th August 2018
The good news was, there were no jelly fish in sight, and no weed, but the bad news was, sadly very little wind for the penultimate event of series three.
Once a start line had been decided upon, as what little wind there was, was shifting all the time as it came and went. Eleven skippers set out to try their luck on a figure eight course, mainly one lappers with a couple of two lap races before darkness fell.
We made the best of what there was, and it was good to see four different skippers taking bullets from the eight races, but it was John once again who edged it with three from the eight and four seconds. Ken too was in good form taking three bullets also, and finishing close behind in second spot.
So with John doing enough to clinch the Series with one event to go, it will be interesting to see who turns out next week to fight over the minor placings.
Thanks to Peter for Race Officer Duties on the night.
DF 65 Capt.