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.


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

Mayoral Cup 2019

8 skippers today for the IOM Mayoral Cup. First order of business… bacon butties curtesy of the Parkingtons.

Next up, check the wind on the official Fleetwood Wind-o-Meter: Somewhere between Naff All and Proper Job, that’ll do.

Then the yachting… Grey start, 13 races, decent breeze, lots of shifts, lots of race winners. Holbeche consistent, others less so and a sunny end to the day.

I’ve had too many beers already, here’s a strange info graphic that describes the day…


  • Shaun Holbeche – 22pts
  • Tim Lanigan – 29pts
  • Garry Benson – 30pts
  • Rick Ford – 37pts
  • Damian Ackroyd – 43pts
  • Mike Benson – 54pts
  • Sue Parkington – 58pts
  • Eric Austwick – 85pts

Thanks you to Mike and Sue for running the racing and the galley, and thanks to Bob Jolly for keeping tabs.

IOM Open – Mayoral Cup – 7th of April

Event Schedule:

  • 09:30 Registration & bacon butties
  • 10:00 First Race
  • 16:00 Prize giving

Please enter via the contact form, just let us know know your sail no & club. Entry costs £5 (inc bacon butty) on the day.

Current Entries

  • Mike Parkington
  • Sue Parkington
  • Tim Lanigan
  • Damian Ackroyd
  • Garry Benson
  • Rick Ford
  • Eric Austwick
  • Mike Benson
  • Shaun Holbeche
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Late Cancellations

The events below have been cancelled owing to frozen lakes.

Birkenhead Winter Series race SATURDAY 2nd FEB now postponed to SATURDAY 9th FEBRUARY FROZEN LAKE.

Rotherham MYC have cancelled their Craig Raistrick IOM event tomorrow (Saturday 2nd Feb) because of a frozen lake

Askern RSC are keeping a tight eye on the weather for this Sunday’s (3rd Feb) Barnby Dunn IOM Open meeting, and will make a decision about if the event is running or not tomorrow (2nd Feb). It would be wise to check by email with Jo Sharpe before you travel. This has now been re-arranged for Sunday 3rd March

IOM (and DF65) News

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