2021 TT Round 4 @ Watermead

After Round 3 on Saturday at Bournville, the show moved onto Watermead for Round 4 on the Sunday. Eleven sailors turned out with seven from Saturday joined by four new entries. Racing got underway soon after 10 following a briefing from Clive Bardell. Although there was more wind than Saturday at typically 5 to 8 mph (with significant lulls and some stronger gusts later), the direction was offshore creating a course setting problem for the race officer and a challenge at times for the sailors as well. At least the sun shone after lunch which warmed everyone up and no rain showers to dampen proceedings.

Although there were five different race winners during the day, the lions share of 7 went to the overall winner John Tushingham who had the ability to find the breeze and pull through the fleet even if he was buried in the pack at the start. Second was John Brierley (one win) only one point ahead of Dorian Crease (4 wins) in third. Peter Baldwin (2 wins) finished a close fourth only a further point behind. The final race winner was Vernon Appleton, who unfortunately lost a couple of races otherwise he may also have been in contention for a fourth or even higher placing.

A good days sailing with 16 races completed before the final cut-off time of 4pm. The club would like to thank all competitors for the friendly and sporting way that the racing was sailed – well done everyone.

2021 TT Round 3 @ Bournville

Well, it was wet, but not terribly windy, what there was, was light and fitful. As it said in the beautiful game it was a race of two halves and it isn’t over until the fat lady sings.

So, let’s cut to the chase, a fleet of 11 boats started the day, varying designs and rig configurations, some swing rigs, others favouring conventionally rigged boats. Race officer John Burgoine set a sensible sized course for the conditions and the aim was to get 16 races, therefore three discards, in during the day.

It was nip and tuck between John Brierley and Peter Moore, John sailing an Uno and Peter a Scurry, with Peter leading for most of the day. John managed to pull away in the latter races to head off Peters challenge.

The other Peter, Baldwin that is always had third place very firmly in his hands despite a late charge from John Tushingham. The remaining section of the fleet had their own turf wars in the middle of the fleet and there it was any bodies. The weather was awful, starting off in light rain and no wind finishing in rain by the bucketful and a reasonable light breeze.

It was sailed in very sportsmanlike conditions and John B very capably assisted by his wife kept the event going despite the weather. Finally, enough is enough, you can have too much of a good thing, couldn’t get 16 races in so time to dry out and move on down to Watermead MBC for the next TT the very next day.

Race report and photos by Bill Green.

Winner – John Brierley
Second – Peter Moore
Third – Peter Baldwin
“Action” from the early part of racing