DF Squadron 18th Feb 2017

First up were the DF95s, Garry’s report follows:-

Today we welcomed John Brookes and Mike Benson to our ever expanding fleet and yet again in a maiden race John takes the bullet; Mike’s boat, in the very capable hands of Derek (even with a faulty rudder) gets a credible 4th.

Chris Chatfield, fresh from his extended antipodean vacation, also graced us with his presence and took the overall honours in eight closely contested races which saw wins for four different skippers who were faced with a challenging and fickle breeze coming from varied directions.

Thanks to Derek for acting as RO and his continual rules guidance.

Results below (I’ll get to grips with the MYA spreadsheet eventually!)

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 Next up were the DF65s

Derek decided to race his DF65 so for the other eight skippers it was a case of racing for second place which Garry achieved again. Chris C normally shines with his 65 but not today; perhaps he was overcome with his success on his first DF95 outing!

Results and positions to date below.

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Mustang for Sale

There is a Mustang yacht (K79) for sale and it can be viewed in the club house. It’s in good condition and complete with pod (winch and servo) and three rigs but no radio set. The Mustang fleet sails on Tuesday afternoon from 2pm and this year the dates  are March 14th – October 31st inclusive.

Proceeds from the sale will be to the club’s fund.

Sealed bids should be sent to any member of the committee; the highest bid wins. Bids under £60 will not be accepted!

The closing date for bids is March 8th 2017 at 10.30 a.m.

DF Squadron 4th February

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Eight skippers turned out for the DF65 races which were first up today. A SSW wind proved challenging but not for Mick Parkington who ran away with six of the eight races, the other two being shared between Garry B and Tony W. Unfortunately Tony’s rudder servo packed in on the penultimate race and eventually Paul Balcombe got the rescue boat out to recover it. Then my winch went on the last race with the sails fully out but some clever steering got me to the end of the landing stage.

Thanks to Eric Reid for acting as Racing Officer; by the way Eric I have booked you an appointment at Specsavers!

Results and league table below.

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Only three DF95 skippers ventured out and one had technical problems so no racing took place. Where were you all??

M & 10R Nationals

Marblehead Nationals

  • Thu 6th July 14:00 to 18:00 – Registration and Practice
  • Fri 7th July 08:00 to 18:00 – Day 1
  • Sat 8th July 09:30 to 18:00 – Day 2
  • Sun 9th July 09:30 to 16:00 – Day 3

10 Rater Nationals

  • Mon 10th July 08:00 to 18:00 –  Day 1
  • Tue 11th July 09:30 to 16:00 – Day 2

Socialising:

On Saturday and Monday evenings there will be a meal after racing concludes, food will be provided for all (inc partners, kids & dogs) as part of the entry fee but please bring your own drinks. There are once again rumours circulating of uncle Dereks famous quiz being held (minimum 20% of the questions will be Sir Ben Ainslie related!) racing in ‘other’ classes and many a trip to the local pubs in between the serious stuff.

How to enter & further information:

Entry List:

Marblehead Nationals:

Name Sailnumber Design Club Country
Paul Allen 28 Astrix Fleetwood GBR
Darin Ballington 98 Grunge Manor Park GBR
Brad Gibson 42 Grunge Birkenhead GBR
James Edwards 88 Grunge Yeovil GBR
Victoria Gibson 2 Paradox Birkenhead GBR
David Thomas 88 F-4 Australian RYA AUS
Phil Holliday 66 Quark Datchet Water GBR
Colin Goodman 266 Quark Coalhouse Fort GBR
Eric Van der Kindere 157 Skalpel FRA
John Smith 43 Quark Manor Park GBR
Laurent Gerbeaud 71 Quark CV Bordeaux Lac FRA
Mike Cooke 74 TBC Sedgemoor GBR
Graham Whalley 16 Starkers Manor Park RSC GBR
Rob Vice 41 Uproar Clapham MYC GBR
Bill Culshaw 21 Grunge Birkenhead GBR
Robert Walsh 25 F3 Fleetwood GBR
Colin Walton 3 Starkers Cubed Manor Park GBR
Henning Faas 6 F-4 VdMYS GER
Terry Rensch 92 Quark Datchet Water GBR
Duncan Ellis 6 Starkers Cubed Norwich MYC GBR
Rolf Andersson 93 Gothic XP SMSF SWE
Tony Edwards 75 Grunge Yeovil MBC GBR
Per Martensson 27 Vici smsf SWE
Richard Uttley 70 Indie Datchet Water GBR
Yves Girod 116 Sisco Ploermel FRA
Hugh McAdoo 16 Prime Number Datchet Water GBR
Nigel Winkley 3 Nioutram VdMYS GER
Roy Stevens 54 Quark TRI-Services RYA GBR
Matteo Longhi 24 Nioutram NW Garda Sailing ITA
Yannick Rossignol 22 Nioutram US Carmaux Voile FRA
Marc Pomarede 44 Nioutram US Carmaux Voile FRA

10 Rater Nationals

Name Sailnumber Design Club Country
John Tushingham 28 Sonix Keighley GBR
Phil Holliday 66 Diamond Datchet Water GBR
Eric Van der Kindere 57 Kamsin FRA
Henning Faas 6 F-4 VdMYS GER
Terry Rensch 92 Diamond Datchet Water GBR
Richard Uttley 144 Grafito Datchet Water GBR
Hugh McAdoo 16 Diamond Datchet Water GBR
Nigel Winkley 3 Blade VdMYS GER
Matteo Longhi 24 Kamsin2 NW Garda Sailing ITA
Yannick Rossignol 22 ?? US Carmaux Voile FRA
Marc Pomarede 44 Kamsin2 US Carmaux Voile FRA

DF Squadron 21st Jan.

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Last Saturday was our first joint meeting. This time it was the turn of the DF95s to go first at 12 noon. Here is Garry’s report.

Ice Cold in Fleetwood

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First of all grateful thanks to Paul Balcombe for his assistance with the markers on the adjacent lake and to Michael Benson for braving the elements and taking the results etc. on an exceptionally cold day!

Nevertheless, six cold blooded DF95 skippers were not deterred and managed eight races in the best of the day’s breeze – see Ken’s DF65 report!

Another maiden launch brought a first place for Rick Ford although normal service was resumed when Derek sorted his rig and reeled off the next seven, hotly pursued by Rick and Eric.

1st  Derek Priestley

2nd  Rick Ford

3rd  Eric Reid

(comprehensive results to follow when I have got my head around the MYA’s spreadsheet)

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Next up were the DF65s. Although twelve skippers turned up only nine sailed and one was a guest. For the others it was either too cold, leaking boat or bad electrics. By the time the first boats put to water the wind had dropped to a mere wisp. We tried the same course as the DF95s but whereas they did two or three laps each race we did one just to see how things went. About twenty minutes later a change of course was obviously needed and it seemed like the far side of the lake might offer a bit of wind; it didn’t and not even a flock of ducks swimming through the course could generate any additional movement. After just two more races, drifting ever slower as the wind dropped completely, we called it a day and went back to the club house for a hot drink and another valuable lesson on tactics from Derek. Many thanks to Harry Norris for doing the scoring.

The results are

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We had two DF65 meetings last year, one in October and one in November which are not enough to make a series so I am including them in our Winter series which means we have now had three out of a possible four meetings. The league table is below.

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Ends in Salad

What a great year… plenty of big events, club racing, lots of laughs and Eddie Greenwood’s epic struggle against the dreaded weed which tormented our keels all year.

And now we look forward to the DF Squadron, Lasers, Schooners, IOM Opens, DF Opens and MYA National Championships in three of our finest classes. 2017 is shaping up nicely.

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Mark your calendars, the big un’s are coming:

  • MYA M Nationals – 7th/8th/9th July
  • MYA 10R Nationals – 10th/11th July
  • VANE A Class Nationals Week – 30th July > 4th August

Look for news about these exciting events here:

2017 Calendar Published

Peter and Ken have put in a great effort to import all of next years events into our online calendar and produce a downloadable 2017-club-events-PDF  Printing out the agenda view also works pretty well or try subscribing to it using your own calendar software. Using the ICAL link or HTML. The next 10 events will always show on the homepage on the righthand side and the calendar page is here if you haven’t spotted it. Finally, if you see anything wrong with event dates/times, do let us know here.