16th August 2018
C rig conditions greeted us as we arrived at the lake for this the fourth event in the series, and we all prepared for a real challenge. Eight skippers set out, and it was good to see Garry back with us after a short layoff due to other commitments. Eight races were had in the evening, but the weather got the better of some, and shortened their nights sailing with breakdowns.
John again was in unstoppable form taking seven bullets and finishing top, with Chris in second spot by one point from Garry.
Many thanks to Peter for being Race Officer.
DF 65 Capt.
The 2018 Vane Marblehead National Championship will take place at Fleetwood MY&PBC over the weekend 27th & 28th October 2018.
The NoR can be found here: Vane M Nationals 2018 Notice of Race
The race entry fee will be £15-00 per yacht and will be accepted at registration, or cheques in favour of Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club (NB must be written in full) can be posted with entry forms.
Entry is now open. To enter download the entry form MYA Vane M Championship Entry Form
Tuesday 14th August 2018
In superb A rig conditions, with the breeze coming straight down the lake, ten of the Squadron contested the customary eight races.
First and foremost a mention for Susan S who, as you will see from the results is now becoming a much deserved force to be reckoned with!
As the course covered the full length of the lake the tacking duals were numerous with Mark Rose being a runaway overall winner in taking five bullets, two seconds and a third.
With two bullets and consistently good results Gordon Bayliffe was a worthy runner up.
All-in-all a thoroughly good evening’s racing!
Due to fading light:
Event 5 of Series 3 is next Tuesday, the 21st August at 6.15pm
DF 95 Captain
Good turnout. Consistent breeze enabled to use the full course. This resulted in some very good racing with multiple winners. The fleet was well behaved and an enjoyable evening was had by all.
Report by David Rose
9th August 2018
Well we got perfect conditions for a great nights sailing with wind straight up the lake, and A rig verging on B. Thirteen skippers turned out and a long sausage course was set using most of the length of the lake. Eight races were completed in our allotted time and it was a joy to see so many boats on the water for this the third event in the series.
John was once again on form and dominated with seven bullets and a second, the fight for second place was a tighter affair with Eddie just pipping Bob by a point.
We hope for more of the same conditions when we next meet, for the fourth event in the series on Thurs 16th August at 6.30pm.
Many Thanks to Peter for RO.
DF 65 Capt.
Five Fleetwood yachts entered the Model Yachting AssociationNational Vane “A” Class Championship held at Gosport in Hampshire.The yacht “Loki”, sailed by Fleetwood members, David and Alan Bell, finished in second place overall and received the Wing & WingCup for winning the most downwind legs. In third place wereFleetwood members, Graham Butler and Keith Wiseman, sailing theyacht “Dignity” and received the Little Portugal Cup for being thehighest placed contestants who had not previously won this Championship event.
The Fleetwood “A” Team consisting of David, Alan, Robert andMargaret Bell, Peter Whiteside and Eddie Greenwood won the teamevent and received the Neptune Trophy. Peter Whiteside won theVeteran Skipper’s Trophy. The Fleetwood “A” Team yachts were alldesigned by Fleetwood member, John Simpson, who also designed theyacht “Yell O Pearl”, the National Championship winner, sailed by Martin Roberts and Bernie McNulty of the Birkenhead Club. The yachts in this competition were around 7 to 8 feet longand about 9 feet tall, not controlled by radio, and representedeight UK and one Dutch Clubs.
Peter Whiteside, Vane-steered Fleet Captain
For those that didnt make it Saturday morning, you missed a treat as we had A rig conditions verging on B, with a wind almost straight up the lake.
A beat to the windward mark, then a reach and a run down to a central mark, rounding and a beat to the finish, made for some exciting close races. In all we had sixteen at a leisurely pace, calling it a day around 3.30pm.
Sadly only six skippers turned out with Tim only doing the morning session, and Walter just the afternoon. John as always was in dominant form and easily took the honours, with the rest of us fighting it out for the minor places.
Darren with a battery problem was the only one with any issues, and we waited for him as he quickly sorted that out, and he was soon back on the water. Bob had to miss one race due to dealing with a new membership enquiry, so was given a last place in that race, rather than a DNS.
Thanks to Peter once again for RO duties.
Our next event in the Saturday Series is on the 15th September at 10 am.
DF 65 Capt.