Dinghy Reports

Following the postponement of this Regatta back in July, Laxey Sailing Club have now re-scheduled the event to Sunday 25 September with the first race starting at 10.15. Fingers crossed the weather behaves and we can help Laxey run the final regatta of the 2022 season.

Sailing instructions can be found at this link – Laxey Regatta Sailing Instructions

Daisy & Emily in action

Write up by Jerry Colman

Despite a forecast of very little wind at all, 16 teams (including 5 youth teams) from 4 island yacht clubs assembled in Ramsey for the 2 day, 6 race 2022 Manx Yachting Association Isle of Man Dinghy Championships. The fleet launched in a light North-Westerly breeze to find an area of good breeze North of the harbour entrance with the committee boat anchored in the middle of it. 3 windward/leeward races of around 40 minutes each were completed with defending champion Phil Hardisty’s Ultimate 18 ‘King Penguin’ (presumably named in memory of their now departed yacht Albert Penguin) showing almost indomitable speed upwind which coupled with good starts saw the three man crew of Hardisty, Iain Fenna and Gary Proctor (IOMYC) taking the lead on day 1. For the full write-up click this link – MYA IOM Dinghy Championships 2022.

The MYA IOM Dinghy Championships 2022 will be taking place this year in Ramsey Bay hosted by the MS&CC on the 27th and 28th of August, first start on the 5th is Midday. The sailing instructions for this event can be found at this link – MYA-Dinghy-Championships-2022-Sailing-Instructions

His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and Lady Lorimer

As many will be aware the club took delivery of three new RS Quests to add to the training fleet, with financial support from the ‘Manx Lottery Trust’ and the ‘Ramsey Adventure Trust’ (Ramsey Rotary Club). Our joint patrons The Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer KCB DSO MBE & Lady Philippa Lorimer MBE performed the naming and the Rev David Greenwood blessed them and all who might sail in them. The weather was stunning and a large number of our Instructors, trainees and club members attended the naming ceremony followed by a ‘Regatta Tea’.

The wind was that light a sail looked unlikely but in the end as if by magic a brief window appeared with 3 to 5 knots. Dave Kneale took some great photos from land, sea and air, many thanks to him for giving up his evening. The photos can be viewed at this link – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5qxnmf4s12ceceu/AACf8nvc2qVLqwxemM2L4Heua?dl=0

MS&CC would like to thank His Excellency and Lady Lorimer for attending and also Sarah Kelly and Sophie Pearce from the Manx Lottery Trust and Peter Hoosen-Owen from the Ramsey Rotary Club.

Ready for the off!!

It was a dull damp start but that didn’t stop 10 crews venturing out into the mist, the start was a little delayed to allow for the launch of the final ‘Patrol Boat’ but it’s important to have the patrol crews in place for this race, many thanks to Kev Christian & Claire Allison, Helen & Emily Kee, Graham & Adrian Wilson and Ken Callister & Crew for keeping an eye out for the welfare of the competitors.

Blowing westerly around 10 knots at the start made for quick progress to Maughold Head but with the wind turning more southwest it turned into the obligatory beat.

First to cross the line in just under three hours after the start was Tom Cringle and Darsey Withington in their new to them Laser 2000, this was good enough to seal the win ahead of James Bishop and Raph Kee in second and third ( both sailing Lasers).

Many thanks to Barry Murphy for the photos.