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Strebor IOM Open and Northern District Championship at Birkenhead

by Graham Elliott 7 Nov 2021 22:04 PST 6 November 2021
A light wind start to the Strebor IOM Open and Northern District Championship 2021 © Dave Williams

Saturday 6th November saw 14 skippers from 5 different clubs competing for The Strebor Trophy and Northern District Championship, the 14 skippers also included 3 IOM World Champions.

The wind direction for the day was not the most favourable, a South West direction with massive holes and gusts to contend with but 'A' rig was definitely still the choice of rig for the whole day.

Peter Baldwin kindly wore the waders to set the buoys with a windward, leeward gate course and plenty of bias on the start-line and the leeward gate The first five races were dominated by Rob Walsh and Brad Gibson, with them taking the top two positions in each race, something that never happened for the following 11 races. After completing 16 races, we had 5 different race winners, a bit of rain, a bit of sun, plenty of wipe-out gusts but most importantly 14 smiling faces.

It was good to see our visitors and mention must be made to Peter Walters who had travelled the furthest from Lincoln to launch his new Venti design. In the end it was Brad Gibson that took the win on countback from Rob Walsh with Darin Ballington rounding off the podium, all sailing the BritPOP! design. Then in 4th was Graham Elliott sailing his Widget design and 5th was Martin Roberts sailing his Vanilla design.

Much thanks must go to Bernie and Dave Williams for starting us, Jack who stood outside all day finishing us at the age of 92, Judith for scoring us and Joyce for the refreshments.

The next 'Open' event at Birkenhead is our much loved Xmas race on Saturday 18th December, entries are now open for this by clicking here or following the links on the home page.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubDesignR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16Pts
1stBrad Gibson62BirkenheadBritPOP!1221211‑4134‑11114‑524
2ndRob Walsh25FleetwoodBritpop!21121‑332‑412‑4331224
3rdDarin Ballington98Manor ParkBritPOP!3433‑956136312‑72‑742
4thGraham Elliott9BirkenheadWidget43‑7‑842462‑712653648
5thMartin Roberts22BirkenheadVanilla6‑115‑105425558(DNS)525360
6thDerek Priestley67FleetwoodDead Reckoning(DNS)‑13443673847776(DNF)874
7thPeter Baldwin63BirkenheadLintel MMX569‑14‑11‑14886856447177
8thPeter Walters65LincolnVenti(DNS)5667‑121077263‑1286477
9thNeil Westbrook3MerseysideWidget7985879111011(DNF)889‑12‑13110
10thTracey Ballington49Manor Park RSCBritPOP!‑12101011108111011101159‑139‑12125
11thJohn Berry12EtherowViper1012121269‑131299(DNF)10‑1310119131
12thAlan Watkinson23BirkenheadBritpop97‑1413121314(DNF)14(DNS)991011810139
13thAndrew Peter66BirkenheadV9118139‑141112(DNF)12(DNS)101211121011142
14thLawrence Drennan57BirkenheadBritpop81411713105913(DNS)(DNF)(DNF)14141314145

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