IOM Winter Series 2

Sunday 19th January

On Sunday it was the turn of the IOM’s.  Again with 5 competitors.

This time the wind was southerly & very light so we had a zig-zag course to get some tacking in.

We welcomed Peter Iles to the fleet, he having bought a boat from David Rose & had a great day finishing 2nd behind Chris Chatfield by some 4 points after 12 races.

Results below.

Club boats. 

Yesterday Derek was racing one of our “club IOM’s”  This is in addition to our other club boats.

We currently have the following club boats,

6m,  IOM, DF65, Laser.  

All of these boats are available for all members to use just ask the relevant fleet captain & he will arrange it for you.

DP

IOM Nationals 2020

The Club as part of its 90th year celebrations is staging the IOM National Championships over the August Bank Holiday 29th-31st. We are hoping that this will attract an entry of 84 skippers and it promises to be a spectacular event. The entry for the event is £50 and entry can be made though the MYA Online Payments System. An entry form can be obtained by clicking the following link – https://mya-uk.org.uk/event/iom-national-championship/

Entries will be prioritised to MYA members up until 1st April, whereafter entries will be open to overseas competitors.

A current list of entrants can be seen by clicking the on the following link – https://gbriom.com/nationalchampionships/

IOM Winter Series 1

Sunday 05 Jan 2020

Seven skippers turned out for the first IOM club racing session of 2020. With the wind coming from a reasonable SW direction it was anyone’s guess whether A or B rig was the correct choice, most opting to watch me ( B rig ) and Doug ( A rig ) practicing before still not being sure, in the end all started with B except for Doug.

Racing started just after 10:30 on a course set over 1.5 laps using 3/4 of the lake. Plenty of shifts & plenty of gusts to keep us thinking followed by a bit of a lull during race 4. We decided we would complete the next race before changing up to A rig, a good choice since in the end Doug changed down a rig as the wind increased for race 6.

The top two positions in most races were fought for by Rob & Derek with a bit of a repeating pattern of results occurring. With 10 races completed we went in for lunch at 13:00, two of our number having to leave for other commitments & with damage to Doug’s viper meaning he could not continue either. Four hardy skippers continued for a further 4 or 5 races until the rain beat us into retreat as well.

All in all, a good session particularly for the time of year and hopefully this will be a kick start to regular IOM club racing.

With that in mind the next IOM club racing at Fleetwood is on Sunday 19th Jan starting at 10:30

Report by Gordon Bayliff

Twixmas Regatta Day 2

IOM

For day 2 of the Twixmas Regatta at Fleetwood it was the turn of the IOM fleet.  The forecast was for 9 knots from the S or SSE, but unfortunately it was mostly 3 to 5 knots with some large shifts although predominantly straight across the lake.  The course consisted of a long fetch/close reach from the clubhouse to the first mark and spreader and then four reaches and beats across the lake finishing in a close reach to the finish at the clubhouse end. 

After a presentation of the MYA Chris Dicks Award to this years winner Dave Hollom and a short briefing, racing got underway promptly at 10:00. With a total of 23 boats finally registering on the morning, the fleet was split into two seeding heats to try and avoid congestion at the first mark with the wind direction.  Mick Chamberlain (Sedici) and Rob Walsh (Britpop) won the two seeding races, with both of them establishing a useful lead at the first mark and then extending this as the race progressed. Race 2 was won by Rob, with Mick second and James Hadden (Alternative) third, a boat self built this year and on its first open event airing.  Race 3 was taken by Derek Priestley (Dead Reckoning), with Dave Hollom (Dead Reckoning) second and John Sharman (Vision) in third.  There was then a short break for mince pies and mulled wine (or tea/coffee), before a heat reschedule and racing re-started.  Race 4 was again won by Derek, with Rob second and John Berry (Viper) third.  In Race 5, it was another win for Mick, with Dave Darwell (Moster) second  and James third. 

After lunch, Rob must have been suitably refreshed as the afternoon belonged to him, with a win in Race 6, James in second and Dave Darwell third.  He followed it up with another win in Race 7 and a second for John and third for James.  With the light still being good, a final race 8 was run which provided two discards for the fleet.  This was once again won by Rob with Shaun Priestley (In-Transition) second and Derek in third.

This ended a good but tricky days sailing with the podium ending up as Rob in first, with James having a consistent day placing second and Mick in third. 

A separate prize was awarded to the person who was best placed over the two days of racing and this was won by John Sharman on 5 points, with Mick Chamberlain second on 9 points, Derek Priestley third with 10 points and Peter Baldwin fourth with 11 points.

Thanks must go to Bob Jolly and Judith Baldwin for running the racing and scoring over the two days of racing together with Maureen and Elaine in the galley keeping everyone fed and watered.

Report by

Peter Baldwin

….and some piccies, again from (Flying) Tony Wilson

2020 Events Calendar

There is now a draft version in the calendar on this website. Event finish times are an approximation merely to give an indication of the length of the event. The annual booklet will shortly be going to the printers. As soon as it is available next year’s membership documents will be issued.

IOM 2019 Event 2

Sunday 30th June

The weather for this event was pretty much perfect, warm all day with a Westerly breeze at the top end of no.2 rig for most of the yachts. The wind was both gusty and shifting which allowed for some close tactical racing, these boats proved again a joy to sail in these conditions.

A course was set using three quarters of the lake to avoid the worst of the chop at the club house end, the racing being held over two laps, all twelve races being held over the same course apart from constant adjustment of the start line ( even during the countdown due to big shifts ).

Races were held at a leisurely rate to allow tuning and minor repairs  in between ensuring all yachts started every race. Tuning and rigging tips being offered by the more experienced skippers and great fully received by the rest of us.

Bob Jolly took the helm of Mike Benson’s yacht for several races and thanks to them both for carrying out RO duties when not sailing.

Derek took the win but didn’t have it all his own way, there were certainly some close quarters battling between John and himself. At the first windward mark we were often still together as a fleet.

IOM practice events are Wednesday 2nd July and Wednesday 14th August both at 18:30. Next IOM club racing is Sunday 1st September at 10:00.

Gordon

IOM 2019 Event 1

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Allowing for the absence of notable absentees including Derek, eight of the fleet’s skippers were ‘blessed’ with an unseasonable howler of a westerly, not to mention intermittent rain.

As we use an average system the final result does not reveal three different skippers taking bullets with Mike Benson’s Britpop, not to mention John Plant gaining some excellent top three finishes with yours truly’s In-Transition.

Shaun suffered electrical gremlins which when eventually sorted saw him well up the fleet only to return and spoil his day.

It was good to see David back on the water if somewhat inhibited by his lack of mobility specially on the fast downwind run which proved more that interesting at the mark!

As you will see, Gordon enjoyed an excellent result with his new boat as opposed to Eric who could not compete until he acquires B and C rigs.

So, after sixteen races over an excellent full lake course, much deserved congrats to John Sharman who proves once again that the cream rises to the top.

Many thanks to Bob Jolly for taking the RO duties.

The next IOM club session is Wednesday the 19th June at 630pm and the second event is Sunday the 30th June at 10am.

Garry B