Thursday 14th June
B rig verging on C conditions greeted the eight skippers as we made it onto the water. B rig was the sail of choice, as we moved the course up the lake to where it was less choppy and friendlier, it worked well and we managed to stay on the same rig all evening, although boats were tending to nose dive on the downwind run early on, but that lessened as the races progressed, and the wind dropped a touch.
Eight races were done in the time, with a couple of two lap longer ones towards the end in what weren’t easy conditions, but it was Eddie who was unstoppable, he had set his boat up perfectly, and took seven bullets out of the eight, and was the runaway winner for the event with six points, with the usual two of Chris and John fighting it out between them for second.
Many thanks to Peter for his race officer duties.
Our next event in Series 2 is on Thurs 21st June at 6.30pm.
DF 65 Capt.
Tuesday 5th and 12th June 2018
There is no report for Event 1 but the results are also below.
Event 2 enjoyed ten testing races in B rig conditions which proved to be a John Sharman demonstration of tactical awareness and excellence!
Although many of the Squadron were otherwise engaged this did not detract from a very competitive session which the results reflect.
I am in debt to the skippers who allowed me to enjoy a race with their boats whilst mine ‘dried out’ and I hope to see you all on the water and making the best of the lake prior to the forthcoming Nationals.
9th June 2018
A short delay was needed for the start of our Event Four in the Saturday Series, as we waited for the wind to pick up. We didn’t have long to wait before there was enough for the nine skippers to get on the water with A rigs, and start the day’s proceedings. A simple triangular course was set and we enjoyed a full days racing in what was fair to good conditions in the main, if a little iffy in places.
Sixteen races were completed in the day, with six different skippers taking bullets, but it was David, John and Garry who were always up at the front, and it was always going to be between those three who got the glory. It was a close call in the end as David and John finished on the same points, but on countback David got it.
All in all a good days racing in the warm sunshine, and with only a couple of breakdowns which were quickly rectified. I think all enjoyed the day, even if there was a little bit of moaning about the conditions early on.
Many thanks to Peter for being Race Officer and Scorer.
Our next event in the Saturday Series is on the 4th August 10am start.
DF 65 Capt.
Thursday 7th June
Well a good turnout of eleven skippers endured the evening’s calm conditions, and we made the best of what there was.
A simple course was set, and it was the usual contenders who coped best, with John taking five bullets in the evening coming top, and Chris second.
By the time we got to our last race, there was barely a breath, so a reduced course was set to get our eight races in. It was fascinating to watch, as there must have been about seven boats side by side on the run in, or rather drift in, going for the finish line, some getting a small lift and others not, then it would alternate, a real lottery.
One good thing to report for the night, there were no mechanical failures this week.
Well let’s hope for better conditions next time out, and we can have some proper exciting racing.
DF 65 Capt.
Unfortunately not much to report this week on what should have been an exciting climax to the series, with Chris and John fighting it out for overall top spot with only twenty eight points separating them before the event.
Instead we had to endure an evening of drifting and taking a gamble on searching for a lift of any sort, which were few and far between. To give you an idea of the conditions it took us nearly half an hour to complete race 1, a short triangular course of two laps, so this was shortened to one lap, and we persevered managing five races in the evening before it became an absolute calm.
It was of no surprise that Chris and John were managing the conditions better than the rest of us, and it was John who came out on top for the evening, but it was not enough to prevent Chris taking the title of Series 1 winner by only six points.
Thanks goes to the sixteen different skippers who turned out during the series to make the events possible.
So now we move on to Series 2, which begins Thurs 7th June at 6.30pm.
Hope to see you there.
DF 65 Capt.
The final event of series one featured, for one reason or another, only five of the Squadron who initially sported the rarely used C rig and in a rapidly decreasing breeze culminated with the A rig which then included Tony Wilson (alias ‘flyingtony’) who is a much welcomed addition to the fleet!
David took the honours with a near faultless display and this is just reward, especially considering that he travels from Kendal.
This series was contested by seventeen of the Squadron and (no surprise) congratulations are in order to DP, our overall winner and to a worthy runner-up John Sharman.
Next Tuesday, the 5th of June, is the first event of series 2.
DF95 Club Captain