Sat 14th December
A non event with 4 hardy souls turning up to gaze out of the window at the atrocious conditions and decided that prudence was the better part of valour with 40 knot winds blowing down the lake.
7th December 2019
A favourable wind to start from the SE, enabled us to set a figure eight course with a longish beat to the windward mark, it was between an A and B, and the majority chose A.
With the wind becoming flukier as proceedings progressed, some sail changing was needed for some, and in the eight races we managed to get in, there were some very close finishes, with five different skippers getting at least one bullet.
Considering we had persistent drizzle for most of the afternoon, and with the wind doing all sorts, it didn`t dampen the enthusiasm of the skippers to enjoy a good days sailing, although it was a bit of a lottery sometimes as to whether you were able to do the final tack to the windward mark without coming to sudden halt, only to see another boat somehow find something and sail right past you.
Bob Jones seemed to master it best, and put in a good consistent days sailing taking three bullets, and deservedly took the honours with Walter in second.
We have a short break now for Xmas, and are back on the water with the 65 on the 4th Jan 2020, with a start of 12.00 pm.
Saturday 30th November
WOW, sitting here on Saturday night thinking that days like today are why we sail model racing yachts, what a start to the new season for the DF95 !
For the first event of the winter series of 2019 a beautifully sunny day with mid A rig breeze met a great turn out of 10 skippers. The wind wasn’t straight down the lake but near enough to allow a decent course to be set. About half the lake was used until this could be extended when the power boat enthusiast from Malta left us free to use as much as we wanted. The shifting ESE wind made for tactical racing which was a joy to be a part of, after the first few races there was only going to be one winner at this event ( when you discard a second its going well ) but the racing was close throughout the fleet including for the win on some occasions. It seemed a shame to finish after the usual 8 races had been completed so we threw in an extra two lap race at the end finishing just after 16:00.
Thanks again to Bob and Garry for all the organisation, it really is appreciated.
However we do need to share the load, a class captain who can be present for most events is required, please speak up if your interested, there’s plenty of support for anyone who wants to have a go.
Next DF95 event on the 14th Dec, more of the same please.
There is now a draft version in the calendar on this website. Event finish times are an approximation merely to give an indication of the length of the event. The annual booklet will shortly be going to the printers. As soon as it is available next year’s membership documents will be issued.
To all club members who are also members of the MYA. As you will be aware the MYA 2019 AGM is scheduled for 30th November 2019. As the club’s MYA contact I have received associated documents below. Please read and if you decide to vote let me know your decisions; it seems voting is at club level not individual members. Also note closing date for votes.
9th November 2019
Our start to the new season saw nine skippers turning out on what was a damp, cold, overcast afternoon. With an Easterly breeze, a triangular shape course was set, and eight races were had in our time.
Early problems for Darren with servo trouble saw his day spoilt, and Ken too with a leak meant he had to retire half way through to investigate. The rest of us got through unscathed and enjoyed some good competitive racing.
With John and Garry in good form, it was always going to be between those two who got the honours, and it went down to the last race to decide the winner, John taking the day overall by a point. A mention for Steve who had a good days sail, and took third spot respectively.
Many thanks to Ian who kindly did the scoring.
So that’s it we are off and running and look forward to our next outing which is on Sat 7th December with a 1pm start.
DF 65 Capt.