Posted by: colclock | June 3, 2019

Summer IOM League Sun 2nd June

It was a brisk A-suit day with really challenging shifts. Darin’s courses are always good, using extra white buoys for the start, then over to the left of the island sticking to Port rounding. Andy Soars, our newest member showed great form, as Graham, returned reinvigorated from his sunshine on holiday, could not quite match the leading perfection of Darin’s sails and performance. Mike reckons that he needs more practice, while Rob’s fine starts meant that he did not always see the shifts. Really close racing all round with no one hogging the limelight. What rain?

There is more training on getting to the start on time at Sutton Coldfield on Thursday 11th July, with cake. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Colin

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Posted by: colclock | May 24, 2019

Weds 22/5/2019

Another days beautiful sailing, with a good turnout of 9 skippers.

We particularly welcome Malcolm Watton, a new member, with an RG65 and John Smith sailing his Marblehead. We are meeting this Sunday for 12.00 and next Wednesday for 11.00 on the water.

Colin

Posted by: colclock | May 17, 2019

Nancy triumphs Weds 15th May

Another beautiful day down at the club with 9 skippers racing.

Mike and Grenville were the strongest contenders until they dashed away to other commitments, allowing Nancy to power through to third place. See everyone next Wednesday for more fun.

Colin

Posted by: colclock | May 3, 2019

Wednesday sailing a success

Wednesday saw some old and new friends back at the club. Les and Jean Cleaver joined us, sailing 1 metre no 60. Grenville Thornhill was testing his refitted Carbon Cracker, Marblehead, no 51.

The racing was off to a good start. Colin (23 points) was chased hard by Les (27), who showed terrific consistency. Roy (54) just pipped Nancy (56) and Dave (63). First places were recorded by Les, Sandra and Roy, while Nancy had a second, as they took advantage of wind shifts ignored by the other sailors. Sandra was just ahead of Bill over their 8 races. Grenville won the Marblehead mini league convincingly.

I have invited the Midlands Marblehead Race to Manor Park on May 12th, because of the toilet malfunction at Leicester. Due to the expected small fleet the club 1 metre racing will be alongside.

The Easy Access Jetty is now official and I will tell the world when I get back from holiday. We have marvellous offers of scaffold, concrete panels and installation labour, as soon as the parts arrive from then United States in June.

Colin

Posted by: colclock | April 29, 2019

Ballingtons win team prize at Monthly IOM racing.

On a glorious afternoon, eight skippers competed for the first race of the Club IOM summer league. This has been brought forward 1 week from the first weekend in May due to the numbers on holiday next weekend. Darin using the refurbished outboard motor, on the dinghy, switched the buoys from an east west course to a west east course. Colin triumphed on a Britpop after all his recent practice with his awkward DF95, benefiting from his new A rig, which he had just collected. The close results between Rob and Emily may be partly due to the generous handicap enjoyed by Emily. She only had to go round once with her tricky little DF65, rather than twice like everyone else. Penelope, sailing a Widget very gracefully, will be one to watch in future, only just behind Tracey sailing a full Britpop.

The Johnson’s managed a creditable seventh and eighth. Interestingly there were no breakdowns or lost boats with everyone completing every race. The best team prize therefore goes to Emily, Penelope and Tracey Ballington.

Hope to see as many as possible on Wednesday. Colin

At the Wednesday racing today it was agreed that more of us would be available to race this Sunday 28th April at 12.00 (instead of the 1st Sunday of the month 5th May) due to other commitments. So we hope to see as as many as possible this Sunday participating.

And the weather could do anything or even everything.

Today’s sailing was enjoyed by all eight of us. Bill and Sandra are still on form after their winter hibernation off the water. Les Cleaver (sail No 60) joined us from Market Bosworth and won a race with his super new sails. Graham and Rob tussled for the lead overall.

I am delighted to post photographs of the first, second and third skippers in the IOM Club Winter League, presented by Graham Whalley, our Racing Officer. Allegedly the free ginger wine is not as bad as it looks.

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