Dinghy Reports

Thanks to inclement weather and Lockdown 3.0 this maybe the
final sailing we see on Injebreck this season

Write-up by Jerry Colman

Sunday morning brought an early taste of Spring to the fleet of 10 dinghies on West Baldwin reservoir in a moderate and almost warm Southerly breeze. This was quite a contrast to the last round of the Watling Streetworks Winter Series, held in a northerly blast with slivers of ice around the boats.

The start line works well with a Southerly so that everyone on the line at the gun has a good shot at winning clear air up the first beat, to no. 1 mark. Employing the ‘trigger’ technique accelerates the boat off the line at the gun and Ffinlo Wright (Aero 9) got it exactly right at the first start and was never headed thereafter. The breeze was a little stiffer nearer the left-hand end of the line and those of us starting towards the pin gained over those who started nearer the West bank. The header we encountered a little way in asked the question – how far into the header to sail before you tack? A little way further than first knock meant you could cross the fleet on port tack as they all approached on starboard. There were a few shouts nonetheless. A lot of thinking to do so early on a Sunday morning as well as the effort required to wrestle the boats upwind through the gusts, lulls and shifts. Follow this link for the full write-up – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 21 February 2021

The sun shone for the return to sailing after Lockdown 2.0

The Covid firebreak appears to have worked and has allowed the Watling Streetworks Dinghy Series to continue on West Baldwin reservoir.  As Storm Darcey raged around the Island, amid the shelter of the Baldwin valley racing took place on Sunday morning.  No mistaking the easterly wind, just above freezing and after the wind had wrapped itself around our hills, what reached the reservoir could best be described as ‘wind soup’.  From all directions, all strengths, including up and down, not forgetting those vicious calms, more of those later. Click this link for the full report – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 7 February 2021.

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