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GBR IOM Ranking 1 & 2 Hosted by Lincoln Radio Sailing Club

by GBR IOM Class 28 Mar 2018 21:07 BST 24-25 March 2018
GBR IOM Class National Ranking event at Lincoln © A. Guerrier

The IOM Class made a welcome return to Lincoln Radio Sailing Club for the first 2018 ranking weekend.

Day One Day one saw 48 skippers descend at the club's water at Scotland Farm to very little wind but the usual warm welcome from all at Lincoln RSC.

With the briefing concluded all were eager to get on the water, however with a lack of breeze all were left to reminisce over a hard winter and a LRSC breakfast bap.

With the wind slowly playing ball, a course was set along the southern bank, the seeding races were duly won by Derek Priestley, Graham Elliott and Graham Bantock and completed around 12:30. Racing then began to move along at a more desirable pace with plenty for skippers to think about, whilst the left hand side of the upwind legs looked promising there was never quite enough breeze or a header to get back to the windward mark. After race 3 it was two South West skippers in Tony Edwards and Gavin Watson tied on 8 points with Derek Priestly 4 points back, the wind once again became inconsistent in both direction and speed but in general veering North. This led for plenty of work for the LRSC race team in moving marks quickly and making tough calls to abandon starts or heats on the first beat. After a storming victory in race 4 it was Derek Priestley who took the lead after the discard had kicked in. With race 5c underway the wind completely diminished, PRO Chris Elliott taking the tough decision to abandon the race and end the day ahead of schedule.

Derek Priestley took the win after a very consistent set of scores, Tony Edwards a very credible second and Gavin Watson finalizing the podium. With plenty of positions changing in races any of the top twenty were capable of winning races in A heat with the scoresheet close throughout all fleets and a variety of different designs showing speed.

Day 1 Results:

PosSkipperSail NoClub/CityHullR1R2R3R4Pts
1Derek Priestley67FleetwoodIn Transition12914
2Tony Edwards75YeovilBP31437
3Gavin Watson41West CornwallSedici242178
4Paul Allen27BirkenheadBP2163712
5Chris Harris21WindrushBP1761613
6PETER Stollery39GuildfordBP4551214
7Graham Bantock95ChelmsfordAkziom11212215
8Nigel Brown55GosportV1033201016
9Darin Ballinton98Manor ParkBP2188919
10Trevor Binks72EastbourneBP31471121
11Graham Elliott9BirkenheadBP11719422
12Mark Dennis19ChelmsfordBP51011823
13Dave Allinson4ChipsteadBP48141926
14John Tushingham51KeighleyVision57163128
15John Smith43Manor ParkBP511171329
16Bob Conner14WoodspringBP413132030
17Robert Wilson97LeicesterBP99152733
18Tony Guerrier50ERSV10102161834
19John Cleave0RydeChaste1127101637
20Simon Clarke94WindrushBP171928541
21Vernon Appleton36ChipsteadBP620182444
22Tim Long199AbersochVision823231445
23David Stewart130TaysideBP915293053
24Dave Burke30LincolnBP1334271555
25David Potter20BirkenheadLintel MMX826312256
26Roy Stevens54ScarboroughBP1024242958
27Stephen Haywood57Market BosworthBP725262658
28Ken Binks83EastbourneBP1339212559
29Mick Chamberlain46LincolnSedici622323760
30Ian Davies33PooleBP830253263
31Mike Kemp37Two Islands Fraktal628303564
32Graham Whalley161Manor ParkV91541332169
33Austin Guerrier8DatchetV101037422370
34Mike Partington82FleetwoodBP1640223371
35David Alston11Two Islands V9731403674
36John White109BidefordLintel MMX1229344975
39Emilio Gonzales Oses125BirkenheadBP737373579
38Richard Aucott16SedgemoorBP932384079
37John Sharman61KeighleyArrival1437442879
40Tracy Ballington108Manor ParkBP1333363982
41Peter Baldwin63BirkenheadLintel MMX1447354291
43Michael Cooper139LincolnTNT1143414595
42Sue Partington86FleetwoodBP1245463895
44Colin Walton3Manor ParkBP1246434196
45Gary Box1Manor ParkRubix1438474698
46David Perkins71CambridgeBP1744394399
47Peter Cogill110RotherhamV915424544101
48Chaz Jordan99LincolnLintel MMX11484847106

Day 2

Day two dawned with Skippers arriving at Lincoln RSC to be greeted by wind, in particular around mid top suite from the NW.

Also, in attendance were a few sore heads after a great class social and a few ruing the start of BST and an hour's less recuperation.

Racing once away got off on time with a course set from the South bank. The seeding races were won by Derek Priestley, Darin Ballington and Rob Walsh making a return after a family wedding had prohibited attendance on day one.

With racing moving at a good pace Darin Ballington took out race 2 with a welcome return to form after a difficult first day with Rob Walsh and uncle Derek in hot pursuit. Soon after the breeze followed day one's trend by veering to the North and making the windward mark a little tricky to view from the control area. The course moved towards the East bank with racing duly getting under way yet again.

With no one side delivering, most gains were made keeping to the middle of the course, not getting stuck out on a limb and having the opportunity to make the most of a 10 -15 degree shift when they arrived, which they did!

The Fleet continued on the East bank until race 4 when the breeze decided it was time to shift back to the WNW, after a slow start to the day it was Josh King who made the most of the new course by taking out race 5 sailing BG's former World and European winning steed POP! In race 6 Paul Allen improved on a consistent afternoon session of 3,3 to take out race 6 in dying wind conditions and to end the day and the weekend a little ahead of schedule.

After tallying the final scores, it was Rob Walsh who came out on top with John Tushingham enjoying a much improved second day two points adrift and Paul Allen taking third. The ever-consistent Graham Elliott finished fourth with Derek Priestley, Gavin Watson and Chris Harris all finishing on 27 points with Darin Ballington in eighth on 29 points.

Day 2 Results:

PosSkipperSail NoClub/CityHullR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Rob Walsh25FleetwoodBP1231629
2John Tushingham51KeighleyVision321122311
3Paul Allen27BirkenheadBP320933119
4Graham Elliott9BirkenheadBP24299421
5Derek Priestley67FleetwoodIn Transition1371810627
6Gavin Watson41West CornwallSedici461264727
7Chris Harris21WindrushBP49555827
8Darin Ballington98Manor ParkBP1141672029
9Josh King26WindrushBP8266111935
10Tony Guerrier50ERSV105581220535
11David Potter20BirkenheadLintel MMX21822771145
12Graham Bantock95ChelmsfordAkziom1011144111750
13Greg King181WindrushBP271113172650
14Bob Conner14WoodspringBP1010138143155
15Dave Burke30LincolnBP3141015271355
16Stephen Haywood57Market BosworthBP5121819121259
17Mick Chamberlain46LincolnSedici1281520261873
18Ian Davies33PooleBP9362510152180
19Robert Wilson97LeicesterBP5152314252882
20Nigel Brown55GosportV101333272181685
21Trevor Binks72EastbourneBP13222124201086
22Mark Dennis19ChelmsfordBP7131622313088
23John Sharman61KeighleyArrival4192028292394
24Simo Clarke94WindrushBP8231725223295
25Tim Long199AbersochVision11273517231997
26Austin Guerrier8DatchetV107252626281498
27Richard Aucott16SedgemoorBP103036231622101
28Ken Binks83EastbourneBP91719273035102
29Roy Stevens54ScarboroughBP153833311315107
30Vernon Appleton36ChipsteadBP81624303734112
31Colin Walton3Manor ParkBP112929332124114
32John Cleave0RydeChaste133134392427129
33Graham Whalley161Manor ParkV962428373637131
34Peter Baldwin63BirkenheadLintel MMX73230293333131
35John Smith43Manor ParkBP62832323436132
36Mike Kemp37Two IslandsFraktal63531353539142
37David Perkins71CambridgeBP124138424225158
38Mike Partington82FleetwoodBP144037403829158
39John White109BidefordLintel MMX143943343338158
40David Stewart130TaysideBP93439383947159
41Peter Cogill110RotherhamV9144440364140171
42Michael Cooper139LincolnTNT123741414341172
43Sue Partington86FleetwoodBP154242434042181
44Chaz Jordan99LincolnLintel114344474747192
45Garry Box1Manor ParkRubix174747474747205
45David Alston11Two IslandsV9174747474747205

It was great to see skippers competing at a ranking weekend after a break and plenty of new faces, competition no matter which fleet was very close with all skippers having a moment of glory, a well-earned promotion or race win.

Thanks to Chris Elliott the Lincoln RSC race team, who by no means had it easy, with 18 course changes and 5 heats abandoned on the first leg on Sunday alone, however decisions were made on a consistent basis with quality of racing always prevailing. Also, to all volunteers at LRSC who yet again worked tirelessly to provide a quality weekend where every detail had been meticulously planned, Thank you.

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