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Graham Elliott

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  1. The 4th and 5th Marblehead Ranking races are being held at one of the best lakes in the World for this class, West Kirby. Two days of full on sailing against the best in the World. Plenty of local accommodation on the Wirral peninsular, plenty of local bars and restaurants within 10 minutes walk from the lake, underground station that could take the family to Chester or Liverpool whilst you sail, what's not to like. All happening on the 16th and 17th of October. Follow the link below to enter, scroll down the link to see the entered skippers list. https://www.mya-uk.org.uk/events/#events/event-details/5feb1eb91cf72c001c81bde7/
  2. So, having been on both defunct websites it has the following names listed as the exec. Marblehead. Chair.....Phil Holiday VC.......Selwyn Holland Events.....Matteo Longhi Tech.....Graham Bantock Finance....Thomy Blatter 10r Chair.....Selwyn Holland VC......Phil Holiday Events....Henning Faas Tech....Gerd Mentges Finance....Thomy Blatter We have been told that Graham Bantock and Phil Holiday are no longer part of the exec, have they been replaced? If not, that leaves 5 people on the exec of both organisations. As Phil has pointed out, this application is the first he knew of it and he is the GBR point of contact, who was asked there oppinion on this matter outside these 5 people?
  3. Darin, agree with you except the bit that says 'if I were to be asked to vote'. Applications in and being discussed in October WS meeting. IRSA already made the transfer of funds which I am sure will alarm everyone. NO DISCUSSION, NO VOTE. Bloody disgraceful behaviour.
  4. Hi Solent, thanks for answering what you can. Where you mention that IRSA take a large cut of the proceeds of a World Championship, do you know this is £15 per boat entered, I don't feel this is a large amount and you can bet your bottom dollar WS recognition will cost far more than this per boat, will WS also want each boat to be registered with them and a little sticker placed on the boat to say as much? Please do not get the wrong impression of my posts, I hope this venture works out but just cannot endorse the way it has been brought about, zero transparency. Up to 8 entered for the Nationals now, great lake for the 10's to stretch their legs on but feel I have done more to market the race in my forum posts than the whole of the foundation put together.
  5. I feel free so would like to ask a few questions if I may. What are the names of the foundation executives and who voted them in place? Applications for the two classes have been made to WS and this was voted on and agreed unanimously by the foundation Exec, was anyone else in the World that sails in these classes asked to vote? Or even any input/discussion outside of the foundation? The right to hold World Championships not linked to IRSA regs, IRSA regs allow each class to hold a World and Continental Championship biennial at the moment, do the founder exec plan on more events if part of WS? £1000 joining fee and several hundred pound membership for each class, how much is several hundred pound, £200 or £900 each year? This membership could cost £3800 to start up, is this money coming from IRSA to begin with? At present IRSA allow costs for representation from an official from IRSA and another official from the ICA to be present at World Championships, is this representation, but only one from the NCA, going to be continued? To sum up, what exactly is the advantage of this application because to me it looks like a highly costly affair to get 2 seats on the top table. At present it is the IOM class that is the main contributor to the IRSA and I just want to know how the 2 classes plan to raise finances each year to cover the costs. Please remember this, we have 4 entries to the 2021 GBR Nationals...
  6. 6 positives but no negatives listed, too good to be true surely? Power mad people making decisions that will eventually kill the class's they get involved in. 4 entries for this years 10r Nationals so far, channel your energy into boosting numbers. The milliner will be busy.
  7. Now I have all entered skippers for the 2021 IOM Nationals at Fleetwood attention. Could all skippers please check there sail numbers against this list as there has been quite a few changes. For those that do not, I will have a Pentel 50 permanent marker and some nail varnish remover pads ready for you. https://06dd9b10-9188-44ea-b34d-e41ec7c1eef6.filesusr.com/ugd/83bdb5_933747a9104344768d86be50d6be5351.pdf
  8. And it's my horse that comes in. Nice one Martin.
  9. The first two rounds of the TT series will now be held at the best lake in the World, West Kirby, with views across the River Dee, sandy beaches, bird life and a pint at the club after sailing. Please get your entries in.
  10. I had a great incident that I will never forget back in the 90's at an IOM Worlds in Portugal. Sailing to the finish line in around 4th place in 'A' fleet and feeling very chuffed, the boat in front of me (Paul Jones) was obviously sailing to the wrong finish line ( they had 4 buoys out and changed lines according to wind) so I gave him a gentle nudge, unfortunately for me a fellow GBR skipper and observer to the race witnessed this and proceeded to protest me. The protest was heard and I was DSQ'd, Jonesy got his 3rd/4th place and bought my beers for the rest of the week. Guess you can take what you want from that, demotion and free beer or great place, you choose but I certainly learnt my lesson and had a few pints.
  11. 15 places available...... Likely that oversea entries will be allowed to enter on the 1st APRIL..... GBR Skippers get a move on please to avoid upset and missing the fun at Fleetwood.
  12. Entries rolling in fast, opened on the 1st March and we have 59 paid entries so far. If you have not entered yet but know you want to join in the fun, enter now to avoid disappointment, online entry open. Only 25 spaces now available.
  13. Graham Elliott

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    Hi Solo, I have sent you a message and hopefully I can help you out. Graham
  14. Well if you have, go to the link below and have a go at the rules quiz with boats that actually move and incidents that really happen in every event you enter. https://birkenheadrspc.co.uk/ Just scroll down and you cannot miss it.
  15. Well done John, great read, thanks. Lets hope there is not another lockdown and you can get all those ideas on the water racing.
  16. Birkenhead are back this weekend, sailing IOM, 6 skippers, social distancing, pre-entry, carpark locked after the 6 are in. Not a formal calendar club race but a way to ease us back into sailing.
  17. To be fair, Tim does have a point, the races have been cancelled, at no fault of the MYA but to try and keep us all safe from Covid 19. Not sure about a reduction though, the MYA will have lost an awful lot of revenue due to no race fees coming in but still have pretty much the same expenditure, marketing, insurance, yearbook etc. Probably the same at club level, clubs lost revenue from entry fees, canteen etc but same expenditure.
  18. Getting back to my club history I thought this bit might be relevant- “On 10th January 1940 the club secretary Wm Carpenter sent a notice to members stating that owing to war conditions it would not be possible to carry through the usual club events or fixtures. There was an AGM held in the boathouse on March 16th 1940. A special AGM on May 2nd 1942. Another special meeting on June 6th 1945. Another on 4th February 1946. Then club sailing settled into a routine, with racing on Saturdays again. However I think the lake could be used during the war, as there was permission for members to use the Air Raid shelters in Gautby Road school. This was from one of our longest serving members of Birkenhead, Joyce Roberts (Martins Mum) And we think we have it bad, have a thought for those poor folk. At Birkenhead the committee are in talks about how sailing will start up again, once it is safe to do so, all the ideas from this forum are being considered including match racing and 3/4 boat fleet sailing, pre-register for club races so we can limit numbers, rigging on the bankside and not the clubhouse, masks, gloves, staying a Marblehead top suit away from each other, etc.
  19. Derrick, what you upto next Bank Holiday weekend? A space has become available at the IOM Nationals hosted by Fleetwood. I guarantee you will have a great time and learn more in 3 days than you will do in 3 years.
  20. Dates below for Birkenhead IOM Winter series races. All welcome, just turn up. 5 best from 7 races. Start at 1pm. £1 Entry November 18th December 30th January 13th January 27th February 10th February 24th March 10th
  21. I think the push for the SHRS system of scoring is because of the 'hot water' that is created by only having one seeding race with HMS and now a few skippers have come up with an alternative system that rids us of this 'hot water' one race shoot out that so often shapes your whole event. The simple and ever so popular fix to this is to revert back to the original 3 seeding races within HMS. Indeed when I asked everyone i could find at the IOM Euros in Garda which was over 30 skippers, only one person was a fan of the one seeding race. I must admit, I did want to sail at an event that used the SHRS system so I could give my opinion on it after experiencing it first hand but did not fully understand that a completed round of races had to be completed before the next round of races could be sorted and think this is a recipe for disaster and needs fixing, you would get 70 plus skippers waiting round the fleet board awaiting to see which heat they next sailed in, it also leaves no time at all to get yourself 'in the zone' if you find yourself in the first heat.
  22. Hi Garry, Mandy was owned by Joe Sixsmith of the Birkenhead club, she had a very short overall length if I remember correctly. Dave Potter also sailed her a few times and if I remember on I will dig out a great photo I have of her sailing downwind towards the clubhouse with full spinnaker and Dave in hot pursuit with pole in hand.
  23. Hi Ian, the Britpop! design has been making me look quite good since 2011, the top guys are opting for this design because they want to be the top guys and are not going to be the top guys with slower designs. The choice of winch at the moment is the RMG 280 ES or EF because it is so reliable and does exactly what it says on the tin. When this winch is put inside a dry boat, that is aired between races it will not let you down. The favourite choice of masts seem to be the Pierre Gonnet ones from France, they are light and stiff and come in 3 colours, you can use the off cuts for the main and jib booms although on the top suit, many use Easton arrow shaft as it is lighter again. Batteries seem to be a mixture, get in touch with Ken Binks (K-Bits) for some expert advice on this and also TX and RX.
  24. On the motion to ratify the class rules, i have really done my best to fully understand the motion and have read Roberts, Rogers and all other comments but am still struggling with ALL the differant wording. On the motion for possible use of a differant scoring system, i am finding this one quite easy to understand. HMS has evolved for many years to were we are today with it, as a whole i like it but the major problem i find is when we changed it from 3 seeding races to just 1 seeding race, for me this is just rubbish, we need to go back to 3 and get rid of the 'HOT WATER' that is your 1 seeding race. I have read the Croatian system of the scheduled racing for the first half of the race then splitting into the fleets with no promotion or relegation, i must admit, this system does appeal to me but only for races that are 3 or more days long. For a 3 day race the idea of 2 days of scheduled racing followed by the final day of fleet racing does appeal to me, for a 5 day event, again i like the idea of just the last day of fleet racing, any more and you risk half the competitors going sight seeing or home early. I guess the problem is that although i like the Croation system, the motion is not for this system but is for the use of ANY alternative system that the organising committee feel free to use. I would not like the idea of spending a fortune on going to a major championship that uses an unproven system of scoring, i guess if the system is used at National level in a country that had an entry of around 50 boats this would prove the system before using it at a Worlds or Euros. I have to go sailing at Birkenhead tomorrow and try to get the average club sailor interested in casting there vote on these two motions and answer the questions they will ask, if we can all try and do this with IOM club sailors at our clubs we may get a better response and understanding even though it will not make a great differance to most club sailors it may get them thinking. Graham
  25. Thanks Val, some relevant points from your experience. The MYA have obviously given the IOM class the opportunity to break free from the shackles and to move the class in the direction the owners wish it to move forward. Mike Ewart made a fair point, how do we fill the roles of any NCA when we cannot fill the roles on the MYA council? I for one have absolutely no wish to sit on the MYA council but would be willing to be part of an IOM NCA and i am sure others feel the same passion for there class ,as Keith has pointed out about the DF65 and 95, they had no problem finding 4 skippers to make up there NCA. To get things moving and off the ground i have a small group of dedicated and able skippers from the class, who i believe will do a good job and cover most bases, myself, Gavin Watson, Colin Goodman and Victoria Gibson. Graham Elliott
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