DF 95 Winter Series 4

Saturday 16th February

We had 9 skippers for event 4 in the Winter series DF95.

The course was set on a bias and starting from under the bridge. One lap, just to see how it went, had us beating up to the half way mark on the near side. Across the pond to the far side and then a reach across and another back to the pump house and concluding in an ‘M’ shaped course.

Derek nominated himself as score master being the first one home. He repeated his success up until race 6 when he decided to leave out a race for a friendly chat. Tony lent out his boat for a couple of races, where it’s been decided as, similarly to the Lasers, when you lend out a boat to a guest skipper you get an average of your score or their score if better. You can’t lose, so this is encouraged to do, but you cannot win the first couple of races and then leave them to it.

After race six we had a coffee break and, apart from the first race, the rest were all two laps. Derek continued where he left off and really only had Gordon on his heels. The first wins were by nearly half a lap, but by the end of the racing as Derek tired we were all coming in just after  him and we had learnt most of his route. Race nine had another lent out boat, but for just the one race.

The scores in the end after race 12 had Derek and Gordon on the same score of 25 points, but then as you take off the discards, Derek wins. Eric Austwick was in third place.

We had some good racing and we did it all in ‘A’ rig.

Tony. W

Laser Winter Series

Winter Series overall results to follow.

Sunday 17th February – Winter Series 4 – This time we had 7 Skippers. Again we completed 20 races and it was split into 10 races for Winter Series 4A and 10 races for Winter Series 4B.

Sunday 17th February - Fleetwood Lasers - Winter Series 4A

Sunday 17th February - Fleetwood Lasers - Winter Series 4B

The date was changed from the 24th February due to there benig no water in the lake at Southport.

Sunday 10th February – Winter Series 3 – 6 Skippers turned out again. The day saw the Laser Fleet complete 20 races, 10 races for Winter Series 3A and 10 races for Winter Series 3B.

Sunday 10th February - fleetwood Lasers - Winter Series 3A

Sunday 10th February - Fleetwood Lasers -Winter Series 3B

Sunday 27th January – Winter Series 2 – 5 Skippers turned up this week and you guest it too Windy again, Racing Abandoned.

Sunday 13th January – Winter Series 1 – 6 Skippers turned out, Winds and Gusts to strong for even Lasers in either Lake. We even had two Skippers sailing in the Kiddies Pool (yes there was enough water). Racing abandoned.


DF 65 Winter Series 4

9th Feb 2019

Gale-force wind greeted the five skippers who turned up for this the fourth event in our Winter Series, with everyone on C rig we were away a little after 12 noon.

A simple triangular course was set to begin with to see how we coped with the challenging conditions, and to be fair all managed well, and we soon learnt the art of gybing and used it when needed. As we progressed through the races the wind was dropping all the time, and soon we were able to alter the course to a more interesting figure eight type with more chance of tacking both ways.

After a short break for a brew and a bite to eat, we were back out.

Late on in the day, as it calmed a bit more although it was still gusting occasionally, for the last three races, Garry and Bob decided to change to B rig, the others staying on C, It turned out to be a good choice especially for Garry who took the last three.

All in all, we had a great days sailing, with all of the skippers taking at least one bullet, from the thirteen races we got in, but it was Garry who finished top of the pile followed by Ken and Eric.

Our next outing for the 65 is on Saturday 16th March at 12 noon.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

Late Cancellations

The events below have been cancelled owing to frozen lakes.

Birkenhead Winter Series race SATURDAY 2nd FEB now postponed to SATURDAY 9th FEBRUARY FROZEN LAKE.

Rotherham MYC have cancelled their Craig Raistrick IOM event tomorrow (Saturday 2nd Feb) because of a frozen lake

Askern RSC are keeping a tight eye on the weather for this Sunday’s (3rd Feb) Barnby Dunn IOM Open meeting, and will make a decision about if the event is running or not tomorrow (2nd Feb). It would be wise to check by email with Jo Sharpe before you travel. This has now been re-arranged for Sunday 3rd March

DF 95 Winter Series 2 & 3

Here are some belated results for the DF95s

15th December 2018

As storm Deirdre passed over the coastline, five foolhardy skippers tested their skills in C rigs and managed just a handful of races before the horizontal rain set in. A mixture of calamities, including Peter and myself being hooked up and drifting to end of the lake not to mention a blown servo and last but not least a broken jib pivot cord added to the ‘enjoyment’! Congrats to Gordon as the results reflect some excellent course management and yacht maintenance.

Garry Benson

Sailing Secretary

Saturday, 19th January 2019

With quite a few regulars missing four skippers from Fleetwood made the 12pm start joined by two visitors from Scotland who must have completed at least a 500 mile round trip to come to the event. With the wind from ESE it made course setting difficult, half the length of the lake was used and a simple sausage course set. One lap was sailed for the first two races which was extended to two for the rest of the day. The wind swung around and changed strength quite often during just about every race which allowed for some tactical racing. We were joined after race five by Tony, John also put in a cameo appearance for three races. Gordon B. took the honours followed by Gordon R. who was racing his new 95 for the first time and got better as the afternoon went on. Peter was third and supplied us with a nice shiny refurbished buoy to use as the windward mark. For Bill it was a day to forget as several new boat issues plagued him all afternoon, his boat only being put together the night before. All in all a pleasant, good natured afternoons sailing with a reasonable A rig breeze, bring on the warm weather!

Report by Gordon Bayliffe