Ten skippers turned up today, including one guest, perhaps expecting a nice wind of about 10mph and bright sunny intervals. Well, not much sun and the wind to start with was very light but at least it was an easterly, straight down the lake so we could set a course with a beat to a windward mark and a good beat to a finish. On two occasions the wind shifted slightly northwards so we did the same course but in an anti-clockwise direction for two races. It also increased almost to the point where a change down to B rigs might have been better but not worth the effort for one final race. We managed eight races in our two hour slot and the results are below.
We don’t appear to have lifted the 2016 ‘curse of the dodgy winds’ at Fleetwood. Sunshine we can do… good breeze? not so much. Will it ever blow straight down the lake again? Do South Westerly winds even exist anymore? Do we have to build a giant crab shaped effigy to the Westerly wind god Zephyrus and make ‘certain’ sacrifices on a moonlit night? Hang on, can we even find any virgins in Fleetwood to utilise in this crazy ceremony? So many questions too few Peroni’s :)
Anyway, on to actual sailing, we had a healthy turnout of 13 boats today, 3 more than last year and 13 more than the year before. 16 races were run in good spirits with the occasional beat and a lot of reaching. Despite the scalextric courses there was still plenty of tight battles to be had throughout the fleet as can be witnessed in the final scores below. At the end of the day Walshy came out on top with Sean ‘the ringer’ Priestley in second and Mike Parkington earning a well deserved 3rd.
- 1st Rob Walsh: 17 pts
- 2nd Shaun Priestley: 22 pts
- 3rd Mike Parkington: 47 pts
- 4th Bill Culshaw: 54 pts
- 5th Derek Priestley: 60 pts
- 6th John Brierley: 63 pts
- 7th Peter Baldwin: 80 pts
- 8th Rick Ford: 81 pts
- 9th Tim Lanigan: 82 pts
- 10th Tommy Mills: 101 pts
- 11th David Foster: 120 pts
- 12th Sue Parkington: 127 pts
- 13th Chris Chatfield : 129 pts
Special mention for Derek, who having lent his boat to his son, played the role of super sub and sailed a race in every boat in the fleet. He was successful in this endeavour, helping a few of us out at the back of the fleet with tuning and tweaks but was ultimately bamboozled by Bill Culshaw’s transmitter. Apparently the waggling stick was on the left and stop/go stick was on the right!? Sounds like some kind of strange voodoo to me! Good effort Mr P.
Thanks, as always, to Eric ‘Get Back you lot’ Watkinson for keeping us honest and keeping the scores.
And finally some great pictures from Peter Baldwin who snatched them while Derek was galavanting around with his boat. Cheers Peter.
A sunny afternoon and a gentle North Westerly wind brought out a good turnout for our final Summer Saturday series, twelve local skippers and a guest skipper, Tony from Wigan, who has not had much opportunity to sail on his local waters because of ……….. a weed problem!!
Despite the low wind we managed our customary eight races in about an hour and a half at which point we handed the lake over to our DF95 colleagues, eager to get some practise in readiness for the Nationals at Lincoln.
The DF65 results are below with the final positions for the series. Congratulations to the winner, Tim Lanigan and runner-up Chris Chatfield.
And to wrap things up, these wonderful pictures have just come in from 10 yr old James McKone, cheers James🙂
Apologies for the tardiness, here is the albiet brief notice of race for the Windsor Trophy to be contested this coming Sunday (09-10-16)
- 09:30 Registration
- 10:00 First Race
- 16:00 Prize giving
Please enter via the contact form, just let us know know your sail no & club. Entry costs £3 on the day.
- David Foster
- Chris Chatfield
- Tim Lanigan
- Mike Parkington
- Sue Parkington
- John Brierley
- Bill Culshaw
- Derek Priestley
- Shaun Priestley
- Matt Stevenson
- Tommy Mills
- Rick Ford
- Peter Baldwin
Lever Cup Saturday 4th June 2016
There were 3 entries and one round was sailed.
- 1st John Plant / 6 points
- 2nd Eddie Greenwood / 5 points
- 3rd Peter Jackson / 4 points
Leech Cup Saturday 20th August 2016
There were 5 entries and one round was completed in torrential rain and strong winds. Smallest suits of sails were used throughout and even these were almost too much for these small boats to handle when the wind freshened even more during the afternoon. For the last 2 heats beats only were sailed, to reduce the possibility of damage to yachts and competitors.
After Heat 4, three yachts had the potential to win the event. Eddie had 11 points, Martin and Peter W each had 10 points. In the last heat Martin beat Eddie and
Peter J beat Peter W, resulting in an overall win for Martin. Final scores were:
- 1st Martin Pritchard / 13 points
- 2nd Eddie Greenwood & Eric Watkinson / 11 points
- 3rd Peter Whiteside / 10 points
- 4th= John Plant / 3 points
- 4th= Peter Jackson / 3 points