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2 days ago

We’ve just had a great weekend of classic & Vintage Marblehead racing. With 14 boats and visitors from as far south as Gosport & London, north from Edinburgh and our own members travelling from Anglesea and Yorkshire we had a very successful weekend. We raced all day sat and we had 2 sinkings! Peter Iles & Keith Wiseman (Wizzy) had to take to the rescue boat and re-float the boats! Another unusual occurrence was a “dead heat” in one of the races, where the boats crossed the finish line together. Many miles were walked, and several new friendships were made as we raced, lunched, and some of us dined together at the North Euston Hotel on the Saturday night before doing it all again on Sunday.
At the end the 1st Vintage boat (boats with “old fashioned” keels) was the Alan & Robert Bell’s 1955 Witchcraft “Rena Pat” 2ndVintage was Peter Whitesides’s 1965 Bosun’s Mate sailed by Wizzy & Sam Roberts. Those two also won the Team Of Two (TOT’s) prize for the combined highest score.
In the Classic group (boats with short fin & bulb keels) 1st was Gareth & Elizabeth Jones with their Witty Skippy. 2nd was Damian Ackroyd & Eric Austwick with a Bloodaxe.
All skippers & race team voted for the nicest boat and that was won by David Geldard from Leeds with his very nice looking Mirage (designed & built in the late 1960’s by John Lund of Leeds & Bradford club.
All in all it was a great weekend and great to see so many eople had taken so much care and attention with their boats. I don’t know the names of all the designs but here’s a few not already mentioned
Nigel Brown had a 1950’s Tucker Duck
Derek Morland had a 1960’s Witty Wasp
Mick Parkington had a 1960’s Priest Witchcraft
Tony Wilson had a 1960’s Priest Witchcraft
Richard Enos had a modern built 1930’s design by Danield
Max Buttimer had a 1950’s ???? Wendy J
Peter Iles had a 1960’s Witty Vega
David Mathers had a 1970’s ?????? Black Prince
Lisa Priestley had a Clem Edwards design from the late 60’s
All old boats sailed by old Blokes & a few young ladies!! Come & join us next year.
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An excellent weekends racing carried out in a very friendly, helpful and sportsmanlike fashion by all the competitors and organisers. I would particularly like to thank Damian Akroyd for his help with my spinnaker on the first run on Saturday morning. Damian and I both had our boats in the water on the starting line and I was struggling to adjust the sheets on my spinnaker which was thrashing around like a demented bin liner, Damian came over to hold my mast and give me a chance to shorten the offending sheet, while the starter held his boat. If Damian had not helped me out he would have won the board and the Classic group trophy and I wouldn't. Two other boats carrying spinnakers sank at the end of that series of runs and Skippy arrived at the finishing line with both the forestay and backstay disconnected from the deck and the mast leaning forward alarmingly. Not surprisingly none of us risked a spinnaker for the rest of the competition.

We had a great time. Thank you all for a very enjoyable weekend !

3 days ago

**Evening DF95 Racing at Manor Park Radio Sailing Club (Open to all)**

From Tuesday 31st May 2022 we will meet every Tuesday at 18.00, whatever the weather, alongside the green cabin, up the hill, for a race start at 18.30 at Manor Park Radio Sailing Club. Visitors, from outside the club, are always welcome, at a small charge of £3, which includes our free teas or coffees. Garry Box, who is our prospective Df95 Captain, and regularly races in the TT series, reckons 8 races will be possible by 20.30. We do wear lifejackets on the jetties. A number are available to borrow. The clubhouse will be opened and has full facilities.

The evenings will be friendly, for all levels, with help in setting up, if needed. We set a proper race course. Please let us know, if you are coming, in advance, so that we can prepare and make sure that you do not miss the yellow gates, half a mile after the postcode. Arriving early will allow more time to set up new radios and boats. We will adapt as we find out what suits everyone best. We are hoping for 6 to 12 yachts initially, which works well.

Please contact Colin Walton

Manor Park Radio Sailing Club Secretary

07773 887711

[colingwalton@gmail.com](mailto:colingwalton@gmail.com)

Manor Park Sailing Club

Rugeley Road

Kings Bromley

DE13 7JG

or Garry Box

[garrybox33@gmail.com](mailto:garrybox33@gmail.com)

07595 870134
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6 days ago

Well we are in Portsmouth the grey funnel line much in evidence haven't seen John Taylor, he must be hiding!! ... See MoreSee Less

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He is in Florida. You can come out now.

Mine’s still a small one.

3 days ago

FLEETWOOD CLASSIC & VINTAGE VANE MARBLEHEAD WEEKEND.
We have 25 competitors from far & wide taking part in our "Old Blokes with Old Boats" and a few ladies too weekend.
Some of the boats are 60+ years old and some of the sailors are 10 years older than that! BUT, they still managed to walk/jog around Fleetwood's lake which is 270 x 70 yards and covered about 8 miles according to Derek Morland's (Gosport Commodore) watch.
Hopefully we'll do the same today.
SATURDAY SCORES.
Sailor boat design points
Gareth Jones Witty Skippy 25
Alan Bell Priest Witchcraft 25
Damian Ackroyd Stollery Bloodaxe 25
Nigel Brown Tucker Duck 20
Keith Wiseman Witty Bosun 18
Lisa Priestley Clem Edwards 17
Tony Wilson Priest Witchcraft 17
Mick Parkinton Priest Witchcraft 16
Derek Morland Witty Wasp 16
Peter Iles Witty Vega 15
David Geldard Lund Mirage 14
Max Buttimer Wendy J 12
Richard Enos Pocohuntas 11
David Mathers Black Prince 10
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1 week ago

Video of 2022 May 14/15 RG65 Nationals at Eastbourne.
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