Dinghy Reports

The weather is getting stormy, there’s a chill in the air and the nights are drawing in.  Only one thing to do – run for the hills and don’t forget to bring a dinghy with you!

This is exactly what the 14 competitors, which for most was the first round of the Watling Street Winter Dinghy Series did on Sunday morning.

All but five competitors missed a classic Sunday morning last week on Injebreck reservoir which lies in the west Baldwin Valley which runs north/south.  The strong westerly for most of the Island was near gale force but in the shelter of the valley gave the Race Officer the opportunity to set a course with two windward marks, one at each end of the lake. The full write-up can be found here – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 14 November 2021.

Manx Sailing & Cruising Club are pleased to announce that once again Manx Utilities are allowing us to use West Baldwin Reservoir to hold our Winter Dinghy Series.

Weather permitting the first race of the ‘Watling Streetworks Winter Series’ will be on Sunday 7 November and every Sunday morning starting at 10.00am through to Sunday 27 March 2022. Injebreck – Sailing Instructions 2021 2022 and Sailing-Area.

As part of the Conditions for Sailing and Boating on West Baldwin Reservoir (MSCC)2021 with Manx Utilities all boats must be cleaned before sailing on the reservoir.  This can be carried out on Saturday 6 November between 10.00 and 13.00 though cleaning solution will also be available each Sunday morning before racing. All competitors are also requested to read the Conditions for Sailing.

The charge for the entire series will be £50.00 per boat for Adults, £25.00 per boat for those under 18 or in full time education or a nominal fee for occasional sailors. You can book and pay here Injebreck Boat Parking & Race Fee.

Many thanks to Manx Utilities and Doug Watling of Watling Streetworks, who has very kindly agreed to once again be our sponsor for the season.

Manx Sailing & Cruising Club are hosting their Laser Regatta this coming weekend in Ramsey Bay. It will be a one day event on Saturday 9th October with the option of switching to the Sunday if the weather doesn’t play ball, Standard and Radial Classes, 4.7 and 8.1 Rooster (separate class if 3 or more) can compete for the overall.

Four short course, windward/leeward races, with one discard. If you don’t own a Laser, beg or borrow one (there’s plenty out there). Sailing Instructions can be found at this link – Laser Regatta 2021-Sailing Instructions.

The Start!!

With a very promising 12 to 14 knot south easterly at the start a fast trip to Laxey was on the cards despite a beat to Maughold Head, but the wind began to die off from Cornaa onwards stringing out the 12 boat fleet, with the tail enders drifting across the finishline on the tide.

Congratulations to Angus Jolly who took the win in his first outing after being out with an injury, only 37 seconds behind on handicap was Peter Cope in second and Stuart Brew third.

The MS&CC Ramsey to Laxey dinghy race, it’s a challenge and not for the faint hearted! The race for the Green Cup is a coastal race with spectacular scenery if you have time to look!

Hosted by MS&CC the Le Mans type beach start is at 10.30 on Saturday 24 July.

Laxey Sailing Club are holding their Regatta on Sunday 25 July starting at 11.30. LSC Sailing Instructions can be found here