DF95 2019 Series 1 Event 7

Tuesday 28th May

The last event of 2019 series 1 for the DF95 had some familiar themes, 7 Yachts, guest helms, wind from the West, Chris Chatfield the man to beat from the start (We all tried and Derek almost succeeded).

With the wind from the West and at mid B rig strength a course was set using the full length of the lake, start near the clubhouse, up to the two buoys closest to the far end used as a spreader and back to the matching pair at the other end of the lake used as a gate. A longish beat to the finish about half way along the lake completed the course. The first 5 races used this course, it was then shortened slightly to allow the sea cadets some rowing practice at the top end of the lake which proved quite popular anyway as it reduced the downwind running (on the bank). The last race was held over two laps to use up all the available time.

Thanks to Mike Benson for keeping the starts prompt to maximise time on the water. Thanks also again to Bob for throughout the series organising all the things that are easily overlooked, scoresheet, charging of the starter, advise on the scoring etc etc etc.

12 skippers overall for series 1, Chris taking the honours with just one blip on the evening when the wind was extremely light. For series 2 it would be great to see more yachts on the water, so come and join in, the slates wiped clean and the weather should be getting warmer.

Gordon Bayliff