Dinghy Reports

Report by Andrew Dean

Despite there being force 5 or 6 winds, gusting 7 in the Irish Sea, there were reasonable conditions at the reservoir when the fleet arrived to rig the dinghies on Sunday.  For the first of two races the wind was a moderate southerly with a few stronger gusts to test the unwary.  A fleet of 9 boats launched consisting of 2 RS Aero7’s, 3 RS Tera Pros, and one each Finn, Devoti D-Zero, RS200 and Laser standard rig.  For the most part it was dull and it rained, but the valley setting remained attractive. 

Andrew’s full report can be read here – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 22 January 2023

Wind conditions on Sunday for the latest round of the Watling Streetworks dinghy series were very much better than the general Island forecast predicted.  The West Baldwin valley as usual putting it’s own special spin, literally on wind directions.

Whilst crews were rigging their dinghies there was an excellent breeze blowing, unusually down the valley, however, as the sun rose it took with it much of the wind.

The first race, on a rather optimistically large (as it turned out) starboard (clockwise) course was set.  The wind forecast was for the wind to ‘ease’ during the morning, it did, almost to nothing with the adults managing two laps and the juniors just one. Full report here – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 15 January 2023

Winner Teddy Dunn being presented with the SE Quayle Cup by Brian Quayle

Write up by Keith Poole

A lot less wind than forecast but still a good test. The slower Tera Pro’s of Tom Watterson and Will Osborn were the first to start and both managed to complete a full lap of the course before the next starter, Ralph Kee, in his Laser. The Tera’s would prove hard to catch over the sixty minute race but one man, Teddy Dunn was revelling in the conditions and quickly took the lead of his starting group that included fellow Aero 7 sailor David Batchelor and the Finn of Jerry Colman.

By the end of the first lap Teddy had also overhauled Ralph who started two minutes earlier than him, as time went by the fleet started to come closer together as is the nature of a pursuit race and despite Young Will and Tom’s valiant efforts they were both overhauled by Teddy on lap five. Will was unlucky enough to be overtaken Ralph and Batch as the race came to a close but neither could catch Tom.

Final results were a commanding defence by last year’s winner Teddy Dunn, an excellent performance by Thomas Watterson to secure second and a remarkable recovery by Ralph Kee who early on sailed the wrong course, corrected this error and dropped to fifth at one point but finish third in the end.

Dinghy racing did take place on West Baldwin reservoir despite it being a little on the nippy side.  Although not the largest fleet this season, some may have been put off by the cold or maybe lured by the hot meal being provided by IOMYC Commodore Phil Hardisty.  Full marks though for a full turn out from Peel, the Whiteleggs Senior and Juniors!

The breeze, as last week was blowing down the Baldwin valley, crews arriving to rig early even wondered if it was a bit too strong.  They needn’t have worried, by the start of the first race it was about perfect (for Injebreck!). Click here for the full report – Watling Streetworks Winter Series – 11 December 2022

Report by Jerry Colman

A fresh Nor’Easter seasoned with a little ice cold rain greeted the slightly reduced fleet at Injebreck on Sunday morning for the first two races of the December Series. The bitter wind swept down the lake brushing up white horses at the fronts of the gusts which occasionally and unaccountably switched direction, scooting off to one side or another of the reservoir.  Some – not all – of the elder brethren decided on discretion after observing this for a while but all the younger contenders went straight to their boats and took the covers off so we were going to have a race. Full report can be found here.