Dinghy Reports

A gloomy day for the final races of 2020

While Storm Bella raged across the British Isles dinghy racing took place in the relative calm of the West Baldwin valley on Sunday morning.  This is the final racing of the 2020 season though the Watling Streetworks Winter Series of which this is part, will continue on to March 2021.

Conditions were similar to the Frostbite Regatta on Boxing Day, a bit gusty up the lake with the usual random calms but with a bit of added rain and hail just to top the year off. Click this link for the full report – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 27 December 2020

Teddy Dunn being presented with the MYA BT Youth Challenge Trophy by MS&CC Commodore Dr May Shiu Chan

The annual Frostbite Regatta, the last regatta of the 2020 season was held on the West Baldwin reservoir on Boxing Day hosted by Manx Sailing & Cruising Club.

This event is a Pursuit Race with a staggered start so slow boats start first and fastest last, very easy for spectators – the boat in the lead when time is up is the winner.

Despite the chilly and gusty conditions 17 boats took to the water for the various different start times in this year’s Pursuit Race, Levi Baugh’s gear failure just before his start time meant Nickolas Ellis was first away at 11:03.  He was almost able to put a full lap in before the Feva of James Allinson got away at 11:10, over the next 10 minutes the rest of the fleet got away and the chase was on. Click here for the full report – Frostbite Regatta 2020

Report by Andrew Dean

Despite there being 19 to 20 knots of wind in the Irish Sea, there were calm patches at the West Baldwin reservoir when the fleet arrived to rig the dinghies on Sunday morning for the latest round of the Watling Streetworks Winter Series  Fortunately the wind filled in during the morning, reaching sufficient strength to cause at least one capsize before sailing ended at 1140hrs.  A healthy fleet of 16 boats launched consisting of 4 RS Aero7’s, 2 Finns, and one each Laser standard, Laser Radial, Fireball, Aero9, Aero5, RS Feva XL, RS Tera Sport, Gull and Devoti D-Zero grey rig and blue rig.  Quite a variety to watch. Click here for the full report – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 20 December 2020

A rare northerly breeze blowing down the West Baldwin valley definitely put the ‘Winter’ into the Watling Streetworks Winter Dinghy Series at the reservoir on Sunday morning.  Whilst clearing ice off boats and rigging, the light breeze steadily built as the sunshine came over the hills to give conditions that are about as good as it gets.  Gust free and steady breeze with no holes and bright sunshine. Follow this link for the full write-up – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 6 December 2020

A sunny day at Injebreck!!

Write-up by Jerry Colman

There was bright sunshine for a change in the Baldwin Valley for the competitors of the Watling Streetworks winter dinghy series.  However, as it was the MS&CC’s annual dinner dance and prize-giving on Saturday night at the Park Hotel in Ramsey it made the start time of 1000 hrs at Injebreck next morning a bit of a struggle for some.

Click on this link for the full write-up – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 22 November 2020