2023 M Worlds Update

Word on the street is that there may be a few spots available for the M Worlds in April. GBR has taken up 12 places but there are likely to be more available if you fancy it?

For more information please contact Phil Holliday.

Italy in April? You know you want to…

2023 Worlds- Interested in Going?

A note from the MYA Chair regarding the upcoming Worlds in Italy.

Dear Skippers,

I am writing to you because you are in the top 15 skippers on the Marblehead Ranking list and, or, in the top 10 skippers on the 10 Rater Ranking list. If you know of any other skippers who would like to take up a place, if available, then please forward this email to them.

The combined World Championships for the Marblehead and Ten Rater classes takes place from the 22nd April 2023 to 3rd May 2023 at Castiglione del Lago, Italy. The Marbleheads will race from the 22nd to the 29th April and the 10’s from 1st to 3rd May. The entry process has been delayed slightly to make sure as many countries as possible have been able to join the IMCA and ITCA and send skippers to the Championships and, as a result, the entry forms and the allocation of places are not yet available. It would be of great assistance to the MYA in organising the GBR entry if you could let me know as soon as possible if you wish to apply for a place at the Championships and let me know which, or both, classes you would like to sail.

The provisional NoR can be found here,  https://www.m-10rworlds2023.com/notice-of-race/, and as soon as entry forms are available I will be sending them out.

The GBR entry will be chosen from the Marblehead and Ten Rater ranking lists as shown on the MYA website at the end of 2022 in the order of the ranking positions shown therein.

Brad Gibson, as the reigning World Champion in both classes, will have an automatic entry which will not affect the GB allocation.

Many thanks

Phil Holliday

If you are interested in going, whether you think you may have qualified or not, please contact Phil and get your name on the provisional list.

Email Phil HERE

Italy in Springtime anyone?

M Worlds 2023

Details are starting to be released for the 2023 Marblehead Worlds, taking place in late April the venue and setting looks fantastic.

If you have any reports on the sailing conditions please share with us, but for now we give you the website and a couple of images.

The Notice of Race has been published and we will get confirmation from the MYA on the entry timescales and process.

Click HERE for the event website.

It looks fun, whatever you sail….

Please share this info with as many people as you can.

Ranking 3 & 4- A cracking weekend of Wind, Sun, Rain, Shifts and Good Company @ Keighley

Day 1:

A smaller fleet than usual presented themselves at the briefing on Saturday morning, (more on the size later) John Tushingham our PRO for the weekend called everyone together for a minutes silence for Her Majesty the Queen, and then went through the normal briefing notes and identified the course and potential hazards before sailing started promptly at 10.00am.

A northerly breeze and a bit of liquid Yorkshire sunshine kept most in their jackets for the early races, although shorts were still in view, mainly from those outside of Yorkshire. The race team set a simple windward leeward course with a good long beat and finish line at the top of the course. The wind direction created a walk from the launching pontoon (with new easy access steps) and the race course, but the single fleet and decision to hold a series of races back to back meant that there was plenty of racing and little lost time. The recent investments in the class was evident in the limited number of gear failures with only Roy Stevens really suffering as his winch suddenly decided to eat batteries, 3 races being his limit before a new set was required. Further investigation is needed on this, the blame was put on the winch but it could have been down to the swing rig and Gizmo, Roy will no doubt get to the bottom of it.

It was good to see that the fleet has a mix of designs and that these gave their skippers good racing, Damian was sailing his newly printed Peroni development hull, and a like an F1 test car it was without sponsors logo and coloured in primer grey for the shakedown but allowed John Taylor and Damian to evaluate progress before their next move.

Racing was competitive with boats evenly matched and finishing positions were mainly dependent on shifts, patience and a bit of luck but at the end of the 1st day Darin was pronounced the winner with Rob Vice and Tony Guerrier 2nd and 3rd. the gap from 2nd to 5th was only 10 points and the finishing order only decided in the last few races.

Day 1 result:

  1. Darin Ballington- 21pts
  2. Rob Vice-38pts
  3. Tony Guerrier- 43pts
  4. Duncan Ellis- 46pts
  5. Austin Guerrier- 48pts
  6. Martin Roberts-56pts
  7. Rob Wilson-77pts
  8. Roy Stevens-80pts
  9. Damian Ackroyd-110pts

Day 2:

After retiring to the pub for a evening of food and water (!) the fleet minus Martin reassembled for Ranking 4, Damian gave the sticks to John Taylor and racing, delayed by a lack of wind, commenced slightly after the scheduled time. Direction was now more South East and launching closer to the course. Duncan Ellis was the man to catch in the early light breeze with 4 bullets in the 1st five races. As with Saturday there were numerous winners and no one controlled the day. And like Saturday there were only a few short stoppages for boat tweaks and repairs. The club members did a sterling job in keeping racing flowing, moving marks as required and allowing the visitors access to their superb lake.

16 races were completed on both days giving everyone 3 discards each day.

All in all a great weekend and a fantastic advert for the class.

Day 2 Result:

  1. Darin Ballington-23pts
  2. Duncan Ellis-29pts
  3. Rob Vice-30pts
  4. Austin Guerrier-49pts
  5. Tony Guerrier-54pts
  6. Roy Stevens-60pts
  7. Rob Wilson-73pts
  8. John Taylor-95pts

Unfortunately the prize giving on Saturday was not recorded but below are the images for Sunday’s.

Thanks to John Tushingham, the race team and all the members of Keighley & District MES for allowing us to sail and making us very welcome. See you all next year….

Size of the fleet – Why?

Discussions were held over the reasons for the smaller fleet and the general consensus was that timing, planning of calendar and cost of travelling were the overriding reasons. As a class there is only so much we can do about some of these things but holding large MYA events on consecutive weekends increases costs and pressure on family time, and no doubt reduced the entries in this instance, something that we should avoid. This will be presented to the MYA as a point for discussion and will be considered by the class when looking at the calendar for 2023, however, ultimately there are only so many weekends in the season and clashes may be unavoidable so we need to make the class as welcoming and friendly as possible alongside the fantastic racing that our class brings.

Keighley- Entry Open

With the 2023 Worlds now confirmed the final rankings of 2022 at Keighley will count towrads qualification and the be the final chance this year for all M skippers to get together and discuss plans for 2023.

Entry is now open HERE along with the current competitor list.

Lets make this a great weekend of M sailing at this fine venue.

Rankings, Next Up – Keighley

Hi All,

Just a reminder to keep an eye out for the entry opening for the next ranking events at Keighley.

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September are the dates for these two rankings which, if reports are correct, may be important qualifiers for a World Championship in April 2023.

The Keighley club always put on some great racing at this elevated and open venue and all skippers will be welcomed.

More info to follow next week with the NoR.

2022 Nationals at Datchet Water RSC

Congratulations to Brad Gibson for taking out this years event from Peter Stollery and Graham Bantock.

A brief report can be found on the MYA website here

Thanks to the team at Datchet Water SC for hosting.

Keep an eye here and on the MYA website for upcoming events in 2022 and a strong calendar of events for 2023.

2022 Nationals at Datchet Water SC

Datchet Water Radio Sailing Club are please to announce entry is open for the Marblehead National Championship over the weekend 2nd/3rd July 2022.

The Datchet clubhouse will be open for competitors use throughout the weekend. Motorhome parking and camping are available on site by arrangement with the organisers. There are plenty of local hotels available.

The NOR, online entry form and updated entry list can be found Here