The 2010 MYA IOM National Championships will be held over the weekend of May 29th - 31st at West Kirby Sailing Club.

Situated on the Wirral Peninsula, it will also be the venue for the 2011 World Championships.

Supported by the MYA, ( Model Yachting Association) MYA Northern District and West Kirby Sailing Club, it will be attended by some of the top skippers from the UK and Europe.

It is open to any skipper who is a member of the MYA or affiliates to it via other organisations.

This site will be the place for all your information relating to this event, before, during and after the event.

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Saturday, 19 June 2010

A Competitors View No 3

Greg, Josh and myself embarked on the three day IOM National event on 29th‐31 May held
at West Kirby, a man‐made retained lake adjoining an estuary, with raised embankments,
exposed to the elements from the west.
We were warned that you could expect to use all three rigs, preparation did of course
include the storm rig which we seldom if ever is used on Midland lakes.
After an endless drive up the M6 we phoned ahead and managed to persuade the
measurers that we would just make the end of day deadline for last to be scrutinised, which
made day 1 preparation less hectic.
The course on the three days consisted of two windward buoys, a leeward gate and start
and finish line between. These would be adjusted to suite wind direction variations.
Day 1 Fleets A ‐ E‐ Saturday, there was little in the way of wind so top suite was a certainty.
The seeding races went well and we all sailed consistently throughout the day, Greg
managed to get into the A fleet once after finishing 2nd in the seeding race, Josh fluctuated
between B, C, and D, and I sat in C and B feet's.
Day 2 ‐Fleets A ‐ E Sunday.
As we approached the water to the north of the reservoir promenade it appeared flat and
tame, travelling down the side road waves fetched into a mini swell, maybe they were right,
storm rigs were going to be used in anger.
As the day progressed the swell turned into a choppy waves and a stiff breeze never abated
all day even though local dinghy sailors promised that it would.
Sailing in storm suite is a knack and skill all of its own, going windward through the tack a
double flick of the rudder is required simply to aid the bough to go through head to wind,
going down wind to the gate was hairy, with boats half surfing down the backs of the swell,
desperately trying to find open water so not impede other sailors and half pray that when
you reach the leeward gate that there is space enough to sling shot your boat around the
buoy, nose propelled skyward and head windward again.
Greg, Josh and myself learnt that day how to survive the onslaught of bad weather, look
after the boat and rigs, and staying clear of trouble at the buoys so to carry us over safely
into day three. For the unfortunate few rig failure forced retirement.
Day 3 ‐ Monday, Fleets A‐D was calm and serine with light airs up to 11.00 am.
Top suite was used to good effect with fleet promotion for Greg into B, Josh stayed in Fleet
C with myself for most of the day.
Rig 2 was used for a couple of raced with Greg being the first to persuade the fleets to
change up to top suite again from second for the remainder of the day sailing which played
Sailing in such an event with such a high calibre of entry was formidable, to stay in fleet A
was a great achievement in itself with European and World Champions. Fleet B was also
very stiff competition with well respected sailors.
After three days sailing in all conditions it was a true test of sailing ability and durability of
boat preparation.
The end result was Greg finished in top position 32nd, myself 40th
Josh came in 44th position and won the IOM MYA Junior Trophy for the second year
running, previously held by Greg in 2008.
These events are a great way of learning the rules and sailing at the top end of your own
ability against like minded sailors that can part so much information to help you sail more
Overall it was a great occasion which was officiated by Peter Stollery who kept the race
impetus flowing.
My only advice to many of the Midland sailors is get those third rigs out of the boxes and
practice in any storm that comes your way.
Congratulations to Midland sailors Tony Edwards, and Darin "surfing up the rankings"
Ballington showed us how to sail with positions of 12th and 34th respectively.

Team King:

Terry- Widget 181
Greg- Isis 55
Josh- Stealth 122