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Topic: Blithfield Barrel
Posted By: mikethelark
Subject: Blithfield Barrel
Date Posted: 02 December 2013 at 10:13
Hi everyone

There is a well known winter series here in the Midlands called the 'Blithfield Barrel'- the second race in the series is this weekend coming, 2 races only on the Sunday, first race 12.00, second at 14.00hrs.

The race is a general handicap usually involving Merlins, Ospreys, Phantoms etc, all in aid of a barrel of amber nectar. The remaining races are in January and February, and yours truly is going to give this one a go at least - I might need some persuading if the weather turns properly cold!

Anyone care to join me? Strang? Harry? 

Mike O

Posted By: CLINT
Date Posted: 05 December 2013 at 11:31
Good luck Mike!

Posted By: Dick Garry
Date Posted: 16 December 2013 at 20:17
Hi Mike

You looked a bit chilly in one of the photo's taken at the 'Barrel'. Any stories to tell us about the day you had ?

Dick G.

Posted By: mikethelark
Date Posted: 21 December 2013 at 17:51
Hi Dick

I was trying to keep a low profile after a fairly dismal performance I fear. The highlight of the day was getting there to confirm that the only damage to the boat was a catch on the cover that had given way in the 70 mph winds that came through on Thursday. There were quite a few boats laid on their sides, but I understand that the damage was minimal. The day itself was good sailing, just lack of practice (I hadn't sailed it since the Nationals) and the spinnaker fouling on something at the front (thus getting totalled 'cos I just had to get it down in the melee approaching the leeward mark at the end of the first lap) meant we effectively did both races minus a kite. Oh, and the Merlins here are seriously quick!

Still, we didn't fall over, and were beginning to get back in the swing by the end. Want to come and play in January, give the Merlins a drubbing - accommodation can be provided I'm sure  Wink

I trust everyone has a wonderful Christmas, regards to all

Mike O

Posted By: Dick Garry
Date Posted: 23 December 2013 at 21:53
Hi Mike

Glad to hear you had no major damage from the weather. Just getting our second drenching of the day down here now.
I am guest helming in Sam Woolner's boat (2108) at the moment, while mine is in dry dock waiting for Tim to do a repair. Sam is hoping to get his other hornet (2150) on the water in the new year, so no doubt we will be fiddling around with that one for a while.

I will mention to Sam about the 'barrel' and will let you know if it is possible for us too do one of the forthcoming dates.

No such thing as a seriously quick Merlin - just incorrectly handicapped ones. Wink
Are Blithfield sailing all the boats off the RYA 2013 handicap ratings ?. The Merlins are now sailing off 991 from 994, Thumbs Up but the Hornets have also moved down to 969 from 973 Thumbs Down at Starcross.
I see that 'Sailjuice' are using lower numbers than the 'Barrel'.

Weather permitting !!! Merry Christmas everybody.

Dick G.


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