M Ranking 4 & 5 took place at West Kirby Marine Lake over the weekend…
Well, we normally struggle to get one report, let alone two!
Thanks to Martin Roberts and Peter Stollery for the attached. Sounds like all who attended had a great time.
In from Martin
This weekend saw the Vane 36r nationals return to Birkenhead for the first time in over 25 years.With an entry of 9 boats it was a case of quality over quantity.On the really positive side 6 kid’s sailed .From Lewis Wyeth ( taking 8 points off Chris Harris) to Sam Roberts (mating Chris Harris to 2nd place) not forgetting Thomas ,Russell,Oliver and Zak. On Saturday we had the joy of a flat calm. However the breeze soon kicked in we had a great day in 2nd suit. David and Rob Bell lead Day 1 from Martin /Zak Roberts.
day 2 saw 3rd suit from the clubhouse end. Some lively runs and close beats, saw some great racing.
For those who were there it was a really enjoyable weekend of racing. For those who were not, you missed a great event . Bournville is the venue next year. More boats, more kids, and this class has a great future
And from Peter,
Congratulations to brothers David and Robert Bell who put in the best performance over the two days to win the MYA vane 36 Nationals for the first time. They eventually shook off the challenge of Chris Harris and Arjan van der Cringle from the Netherlands with one heat remaining of the two full rounds that were sailed.
With vane racing returning to Birkenhead for the first time in over 20 years the entry was lower than hoped for but the success of the event was clear with six junior members all taking part and thoroughly enjoying the event, including the endless supply of lollipops from the canteen! Lewis Wyeth sailed his grandad’s modern Hollom designed boat assisted by his younger brother Russell whilst the youngest of the Wyeth brothers, Thomas, crewed for his dad Shaun. Zak Roberts sailed with his dad Martin who had further refurbished his 39 year old 36” ‘The Phantom Raspberry Blower’ and Zak’s younger brother Sam crewed for Chris Harris. Oliver Stollery was sailing in his first event assisting his dad Peter who was sailing the oldest boat in the fleet, 43 year old ‘Xasperachun’ which was Alex Austin’s original design that spawned all of the later ‘chun’ designs (Taxachun, Deductchun and Extenchun) which have been amongst some of the most successful 36” designs.
Great to see both Vane sailing return to Birkenhead and an opportunity for Junior skippers to get involved.