DF Squadron Saturday 18th March

First up this time, the DF95s. Here’s Garry’s report.

A golden opportunity to test the smaller rigs was enjoyed by six enthusiastic skippers in less than welcoming weather on our freshly filled lake. Various rig failures were experienced and some inventive tuning proved to be valuable knowledge. Six races on a simple two marker up and downwind course had everyone trailing in Tim’s wake and Eric, who had borrowed a B-rig, was a sight to behold on the run. I trust that everyone who has not already entered and, can make it, comes and supports the club at the Dragon Travellers racing this coming weekend.

Results: 1  Tim Lanigan    4 pts

                2  Peter Iles          9 pts

                3  Eric Reid          10 pts

Next up were the DF 65s

By now the rain had eased off and the wind had dropped a bit so we all started off with B-rigs on a sausage course, starting and finishing on a beat.  After race one Tony had leak problems, again, and had to retire. The wind dropped more during the fourth and fifth races so we broke for 10 minutes whilst everyone went up to the A-rig. The forecast for the DF TT event on Saturday is full sun so no excuse for missing out what should be great couple of days.


Fleetwood DF Squadron 4th March 2017

So here we are again on this foreign lake. We seem to be plagued by S or SW winds, the worst possible. Our marker buoys have been  mucked up by the recent gales so much that the only course would be a slalom! Unfortunately we didn’t have an Olympic hammer thrower to put some  markers in better positions but there was a friendly  kayak-er on the lake and he obliged by re-positioning  a marker to allow us a reasonable course with a short initial beat. The DF65s were first up. Although A rigs were the order of the day some of the markers caused many a disaster, except to the ‘expert’ sailors, (how do they do it?) so there were no surprises in the results other than Tim lost one race to Garry!!

Thanks to Eric Reid for scoring for us.

The day’s results are below together with the final league table for the DF65s winter series.

winter-2016-meeting-7  final-df65-winter-series-table

Next up the DF95s captained by Garry.

Being second up we fortunately benefited from the prior 65 racing and also from Bob Jolly for taking on the RO duties. Yet again the 95 offered a maiden race to Peter Chester who just fell short with a second to Tim Lanigan’s first of six bullets.

Full race details of this inaugural winter series will be on the web shortly. In the meantime today’s first three are:

  1. Tim Lanigan
  2. Chris Chatfield
  3. Peter Isle

PS Don’t forget the DF TT on March 25th/26th!!  65s on the Saturday, 95s on the Sunday. If you are going to race please register on-line; it gives us an idea of how many to cater for.

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!)


 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.


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.

This has now been sold!

DF Squadron 4th February


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.


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

DF Squadron 21st Jan.


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

DragonFlite 95 Winter Series 21st January 2017

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)


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


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.