MDWCS 17-18 Event Dates.

Following the District AGM on 3rd October we have confirmed 4 dates for this seasons  District IOM winter sailing.

The full list is under the Calendar & Entry tab.

It is hoped that we can fit in a date for Market Bosworth RYC and once details have been finalized they will be published.

Don’t forget there is also the “Clive Hand Memorial Trophy” at Lincoln MYC on 8th October, and details of how to enter is here:


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MD IOM Championship “Mac Colyer Trophy” 2017.

13 skippers arrived at Manor Park to be greeted with a good top suit ESE wind blowing across the lake round the end of the sailing area towards the main club house. Darin (PRO) was in the boat laying out the course, whilst the skippers were enjoying a bacon sandwich.

The briefing over, Darin, indicated that we would sail one heat then take a break for 5 minutes before doing 3 heats back to back. The wind was close to the limit of top suit and unfortunately boat 35 (John Burgoine) was involved in an incident and his jib boom was damaged so he was unable to continue in the heat. David Alston had a spare jib which he offered John enabling him to re-join the race at heat 4.

It was at this time that new to the fleet Martin Taylor arrived – don’t ask – Sat Nav issues, however his entry was short lived as transmitter battery issues created problems that could not be overcome, it was good that Martin stayed around and watched the racing, he left determined to resolve his electronic issues and join the fleet in the near future. – We look forward to officially welcoming you to the fleet Martin.

During a short break Colin Walton measured the wind speed from the sailing area and it was showing an average of 12mph with gusts of 16mph, admittedly it would be less at water level, either way a brisk days sailing.

The next batch of 3 heats produced some very close racing with many different routes to the windward mark allowing for lots of place changes.

Heat 8 was another close one and an incident between boat 11 and boat 77 resulted in boat 77 getting under the boom of boat 11 and this caused the boom to fracture at the kicking strap connection point. Obviously boat 11 could not continue in the heat due to damage and 77 subsequently retired. A request for redress was lodged and found so a decision was made to take lunch to enable 11 time to make a repair.

During Lunch the race team saw that there had been a change in the wind direction so laid a new windward mark before we started the next batch of 3 heats. Mick (46) obviously had a good lunch as he quickly mastered the new course winning all 3 heats.

We went back to the earlier course as the wind had backed and the speed in the gusts had picked up. Mike Kemp (37) snapped his Jib connection line and decided to change down to the B suit and whilst he was quick up wind he could not hold them off down wind, unless they got hit with a gust and broached.

The top 2 places were very close, we were displaying HMS on a large screen so all skippers could see their position after each batch of 3 heats.

The race team conscious of the later MD AGM agreed that they would run 3 more heats at around 3.15pm, which would bring the number of starts to 17 by around 3.45pm. Mick (46) once again won the 3 heats, with David (11) coming second in 2 of them. Another skipper having a good afternoon was Tony Pickering (52) with no score less than 4th.

Boats were packed away and we gathered in the club house for the prize giving. We decided to do the prizes in reverse order as it was so close, and this year’s title of Midland District Champion going to Mick Chamberlain.

Darin also presented a bottle of Burton’s finest to Stephen Holbeche of the Fleetwood MY&PBC as the furthest travelled.

The consensus of the skippers was that the racing was good, along with the weather and banter.

All in all a cracking day out.

Full results are under the Results Tab.

Next date for the diary is the 8th Oct and the Clive Hand Memorial Trophy at Lincoln MYC, hopefully another bumper field will be there.

MP Race team.

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IOM MD Championship 2017, entries.

The following skippers have already entered via the MYA online entry system for this years championship being hosted by Manor Park SC.

1: Colin Walton (3), 2: Mike Kemp (37), 3: Mick Chamberlain (46), 4: Laurie Brown (69), 5: John Smith (43), 6: Graham Whalley (16), 7: Stephen Hodgkinson (14), 8: Don Charlesworth (77), 9: Tony Pickering (52), 10: David Alston (11), 11: Shaun Holbeche (16), 12: Eric Finley (28), 13: John Burgoine (35),

Please help the host club by getting your entry in by 21:00 on 31st August.

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IOM MD Championship 2017, NOR & Entry.

Manor Park SC are hosting ths years IOM MD Championship on 3rd September for the “Mac Colyer” trophy, and welcome all skippers to the summer seasons finale.

See NOR below for details.

The MYA online race entry system has been activated here:

Please help the host club by getting your entry in by 21:00 on 31st August.

The MYA Midland District AGM will take place in the club house after racing.

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MDCS & C 2017 Series Results.

After 5 events completed in the 2017 IOM MDCS series we can now confirm the winners.

IOM MDCS Skipper:        Chris Harris (Windrush RYC).

IOM MDCS Club:              Manor Park RSC.

So congratulations to both with Chris defending the title from last year and Manor Park RSC taking over from Leicestershire RYC.

The full series results have been posted under the Results tab, and the Roll of Honour has been updated in the About tab.

The series shields will be presented at this year’s district AGM, which is scheduled for 3rd September 2017 at Manor Park after the Midland District IOM Championship event.

Season round up.

This year we had to re-arrange round 5 from Watermead MBC to Manor Park RSC and we thank them for stepping in, and one event only attracted 8 entries. This has led to the following analysis to see if we need to look at the series structure.

     2017.                                    2016.  

  • Top skipper score: Chris Harris.                                  300pts                                   300pts
  • Number of different MD skippers                               33                                            33
  • Average number of MD skippers at each event        14                                            17
  • Number of skippers doing all events                           3                                              5
  • Number of skippers using series discards                  7                                              10
  • Top Club score:                                                             1121 MP RSC                   1241 Leic RYC
  • Number of MD clubs                                                      8                                              7

Boat Analysis.

  • Number of different designs                13                                           14
  • Britpop!                                                    15 off (48%)                        13 off (40%)
  • V9                                                               3                                             1
  • Kantun                                                       2                                             0
  • Fraktal                                                       1                                             1
  • Rubix                                                          1                                             1
  • MX1                                                            1                                             1
  • Widget                                                        1                                             2
  • Psycho                                                        1                                             0
  • Chienz                                                         1                                             0
  • Slimtel                                                         1                                            1
  • Lintel                                                           2                                            3
  • Gadget                                                         1                                             3
  • Nemesis                                                       1                                            0
  • Alternative                                                  0                                            2
  • Vision                                                           0                                            1
  • Stealth                                                          0                                            1
  • Triple Crown                                               0                                            1
  • Fe Fe                                                             0                                            1

So in conclusion the two most popular events remain Market Bosworth and Manor Park, whilst the boat to have appears to be a Britpop!

Let’s see if we can challenge the norm for 2018 and bring another venue to the top, so over to the other host clubs. Get your offer to run a 2018 event in at the District AGM.

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MDCS & C 2017 R5 Manor Park SC Race Report.

We enjoyed a great days racing on a weed free water, with a single fleet of 20 yachts from 11 clubs, completing 19 heats.

A long start line and ample room between the windward and leeward buoys provided few collisions with turns carried out with goodwill.  It was the first time that the new green container cabin on the radio sailing hill has been used to its full potential.  The electricity supply allowed Gordon Sears to run his computer and display the scores after each race on the television behind the end window.  This was very elegant and much appreciated.

The course was unusual for Manor Park, as the wind veered from West to North, and all the directions in between, over the day and sometimes throughout each race.  The course board remained the same after the first 3 races, even as the buoys were adjusted to cope with this shift.  Yachts rounded the windward marks 1 and 2 to port, close by the bank, before a run down to the gate in the distance alongside the island (twice).  The windward mark No1 by the bank provided the skippers with a clear view from above as they closely negotiated the fraught tack on to starboard, at the same time as the wind direction changed markedly.  A-rigs were used throughout with around 6 to 10mph breeze.

Rob Wilson was the clear leader at all stages. The following positions were closely fought by visiting sailors Mick Chamberlain, Peter Cropper and Laurie Brown with the leader board changing throughout the day.  The Manor Park skippers slugged it out for the middle positions between themselves.

Thanks to the Ballington girls, Penelope and Emily, for helping with the booking in, finish line scoring and moving the buoys with Darin.

The new luxurious cabin, plus the restored Met Office Mark II wind vane, along with the site layout and facilities means that it will also be a fantastic venue for the A Nationals next weekend.

Colin Walton (Pro).

Pictures have been posted to the Gallery Tab.

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MDCS 2017 R5 Manor Park Race Results

Today’s results from round 5 of the summer IOM series at Manor Park SC have been posted under the results tab.

Individual and club positions will be calculated and posted soon.

Thanks go to Manor Park for stepping in and hosting this event, Colin Walton (Pro) and Darin Ballington (Aro) managed the racing and got 19 races completed.

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MDCS 2017 R5 Manor Park Entries

The following skippers have already entered via the MYA online entry system.

1: Laurie Brown (69), 2: Graham Whalley (16), 3: Don Charlesworth (77), 4: David Alston (11), 5: Garry Box (1), 6: Mick Chamberlain (46), 7: Stephen Hodkinson (14), 8: Eric Finley (28), 9: Rob Wilson (97), 10: Albert Whitehead (34), 11: John Smith (43), 12: Mike Kemp (37), 13: Tracey Ballington (8), 14: Peter Cropper (68), 15: John Burgoine (34), 16: Tony Pickering (52), 17: Jen Hand (169), 18: Mark Tipping (146),

Please help the host club by getting your entry in by 21:00 on 13th July 2017.

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MDCS & C 2017 R5 Manor Park SC NOR & Entry

The racing now moves onto Manor Park SC who have stepped in to host the Watermead event for the fifth round of this years series to be held on 16th July, see NOR below for details.

The MYA online race entry system has been activated here:

Please help the host club by getting your entry in by 21:00 on 13th July 2017.

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IOMMDCS 2017 R5 Venue Change

Earlier this year Chris H and I discussed the ongoing development work being undertaken at Watermead and the effect it was having to club sailing.
Since then Clive Bardell has confirmed that unfortunately this is still the case and they would not be able to run the IOMMDCS R5 this year.

A few Midland skippers had been discussing this possibility and were looking round for an alternative venue. So after several conversations and emails we had an official offer from the Manor Park committee saying they would be happy to host the event, so round 5 will now be at.

MANOR PARK SC on 16th July 2017.

A NOR will be issued shortly and the online entry system activated.

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