Fleetwood MY&PBC is holding the annual weekend of Classic and Vintage Vane (or Free Sailing) “M” Class racing, on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018. I am informing you earlier than usual so that you can start preparing your yacht in good time for the event.

Racing will commence at 10.30 am on the dates above. Skippers can choose to visit for either the Saturday or the Sunday, for an entry fee of £3-00 per yacht, or sail both days for the bargain price of £5-00 per yacht.

Trophies awarded will be the Walter Jones Trophy for the top “Vintage” yacht and the Mayoral Cup for the highest scoring “Classic” yacht on the Saturday, then similarly the Hayes Trophy and the Pearson Trophy for top “Vintage” and “Classic” yachts respectively, on the Sunday.

For the purpose of this event we define “Vintage” as the yachts designed from the inception of the “M” Class rule in the early 1930’s, through to the late 1960’s. During this period it was a class rule that the circumference of a 2” disc must fit between the hull and the garboard. Typical examples of these designs are “Witchcraft”, “Foxtrot” and the many Stan Witty designs such as “Manta”, etc. “Classic” covers early fin and bulb designs up to circa 1980, e.g. “Blood Axe”, “Reflection”, Bill Sykes “Sula”,etc. If in doubt whether you have a yacht conforming to either of these definitions, please contact me.

If you do not have a Classic or Vintage “M” Class as defined above, but would like to be involved in the event, please come along. We always need “Mates” to help “Skippers” and also people for starting and scoring duties.

Skippers are reminded that sometimes there is plenty of wind on the Fleetwood Lake, so it is always advisable to bring your smaller suits of sails as well as your top suits!

Sandwiches and snacks, etc., are available at kiosks situated at both ends of the lake. Tea and coffee will be available in the Clubhouse. It would be appreciated if you could please inform me by Thursday 10th May if you intend to visit on this occasion. e-mail: We normally have a de-brief for food and drink, at a local hostelry, in the evening after racing on the Saturday.

Easter Monday 65cm Pop Up

This is an early notice we are holding a DF65 & RG65 Open Meeting on Easter Bank Holiday Monday: 2nd April 2018.

Last year we competed for the mystical Fleetwood Crab, won of course by Mr Tushingham…

Who subsequently, in a clear Rule 69 violation, barbecued it..

So this year there will be a new prize 🙂

Event Schedule

• 09:45 Briefing
• 10:00 First Race
• 16:00 Last Race
• 16:30 Prize Giving

Entries can be made via the contact us link, please let us know if you intend to race RG65 or DF65. Remember we’ve also got a club DF65 if you fancy a bash.

The entry fee of £3 to be paid on the day. Free tea and coffee, please bring your own sarnies.

Entrants to date:

  • John Sharman – DF65
  • Susan Sharman – DF65
  • Bob Jolly – DF65
  • Tim Lanigan – RG65
  • Derek Preistley – RG65
  • Garry Benson – RG65
  • Tony Wilson – DF65

DF65 Autumn/Winter Saturday Series 3

3rd March 2018

Well the Beast from the East abated and left us with a sunny at times, A-Rig breeze, a little cold on the fingers, but dry, and quite a pleasant day, definitely one of the better ones we have had in this series, so for those who didn’t turn out you missed a great days sailing.

A one and a half lap triangular course was set for the eight skippers, and made good time, getting in five unhurried races before a break for lunch, and another seven in the next session before calling it a day.

Garry took the honours this time out with four bullets and three seconds, with Flying Tony in second.

Thanks once again to Peter J for doing the scoring duties.

So that brings to the end our Autumn/Winter series combined, and I can report no days were lost due to bad weather, although we sure had some atrocious days, so credit must go to all skippers who turned out in those conditions.

The final league table shows Tim well ahead of the competing field, with John second and Garry third,

Congratulations to all.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Captain

DF95 Winter Series 2018 Event 2

 Saturday 17th February 2018
For those of the Squadron who could not race today, well they missed out on some ‘Champagne Sailing’ in blessed A rig conditions!
Eight skippers were set an excellent Olympic course by Chris C over two laps which saw four of us all taking bullets during close racing throughout the fleet.
It was pleasing to welcome Richard Clarke to the fleet and the day belonged to Dave Burke who sailed consistently well throughout the day.
As per the norm, many thanks to Peter Jackson being RO for the day.
The next club racing is on Saturday 17th March, 12 noon.
Garry Benson
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain



8 of our members took part in the first DRAGONFLITE 95 TT event at Southport on Sat. With a large entry of 33 boats racing in 2 fleets our members acquitted themselves well finishing as follows:

  • 4th Derek P
  • 9th Tim L
  • 12th Mick P
  • 14th Chris C
  • 22n Garry B
  • 24th Anna Mc
  • 26th Susan P
  • 31st Mike B

Sunday saw a much reduced compliment of Fleetwood Boats with just 3 of us in a fleet of 28 DF 65’s raced all as one fleet which made the starts & the racing overall challenging to say the least. The wind was light & all sailors but 3 were using the A+ rigs. 8 long 2.5 lap races were completed by 3pm our results as follows.

  • 2nd Derek P
  • 23rd Mick P
  • 27th Susan P

The A+ rigs really made the difference! & if you wish to race on the TT circuit they are WELL worth the £70 investment.

Full results on the dfracinguk site with great photography from Anna Mc

Also on Sunday there were 7 lasers racing on a separate course although I haven’t seen any results I do know that Shaun Holbeche from Fleetwood won & that they sailed 16 races!

DF65 Winter Series 2

Autumn / Winter Series 2  3rd Feb 2018

With the TT event being held at Southport on the day, it was understandable that only a small group would contest the 2nd event of the club’s Winter Series, so while the big boys were away, it was a chance for others to get some points for the series.

A rigs were the order of the day and we had to contend with a light drizzle for most of the day.

A two lap triangular course was set, and we got four races in before we took a break for a brew and a bite to eat. Harry joined us after the break, and we managed to get in another six races, making it ten for the day, before we called time.

Eddie took top spot with Bob second, both having the same points.

Many thanks goes to Peter Jackson for doing the race officer duties.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Club Captain