DF Fleet Autumn Series 2

Saturday 11th November 2017

DF65 Fleet

A total of 9 skippers turned out, and we also welcomed Ken back after a lengthy lay off, and he soon got back into the swing of things, taking a fourth in his first race.

A Triangular shape course was set for an awkward A rig wind, with many dead spots on the lake it made it frustrating at times, but credit goes to all for getting on with it without any fuss, and after changing from two laps to one for the last few races, we completed our eight races in the allocated time.

Tim took the honours with five bullets, and Chris in second, congratulations to them, and many thanks goes to Peter Jackson for acting as race officer.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Fleet Captain

 

DF95 Fleet

When the lake was built in 1929 the current picturesque sea-facing sand dunes were not a feature and a NNW breeze did not present the frustration of reaching the ‘sheltered’ beat to the windward markers which the squadron of nine contended with today.
In saying that, the breeze built and after six classic Olympic style courses we attempted a basic two lap ‘sausage’ to the far upwind marker and back which proved to be even more challenging, if not only entertaining!
After missing the prompt 12 noon start, John Sharman continued his winning ways with Tim L hot in pursuit.
As ever, we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO duties whilst braving the cold.
Event 3 is Saturday 2nd December at 2.30pm
See you on the water.
Garry Benson
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain

FMY&PBC AGM 2017

Members are reminded that the club’s AGM is on Sunday 19th November 2017, 2.30pm in the club house. The closing date for motions and nominations for office has now passed but if you want to vote or ask any questions this is your chance. The agenda is below.

I hope to see many of you there.

Ken Crabtree  (General Secretary)

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DF65 Autumn Series 1

Saturday 21st October

A big thanks to all the skippers who turned out in what were to be trying conditions, although not as severe as was forecast, lucky us.

B rig was the choice, and to take your chances with the gusts, and after finally settling on a challenging course, set by the more experienced skippers, we were able to get our customary eight races in before the rains came.

A huge thank you to Peter Jackson for doing the scoring duties, and to those who helped ease me into my new role.

Tim held on for the win by a point over Garry, congratulations to them.

 

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron 2017 Saturday Series 6

Saturday 9th September

A very poor turnout saw the DF95 event at 12 noon being cancelled. Final positions will be posted later.

Four skippers for the DF65 meeting donned B rigs in a strong NNW wind and managed the usual eight races without any disasters. This was the sixth and last meeting in this series, the results and final league table are below. Congratulations to Chris Chatfield, winner of the series and Eddie Greenwood, runner up in what was a closely fought contest..

   

KC DF65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing Series 3 No.7

DF95 Series 3 Event 7

Tuesday 5th September

The final Tuesday evening DF95 racing in a brisk B Rig Westerly was hotly contested by nine skippers and a culmination of circumstances including Chris C’s failing rudder servo, and myself having a detached winch main sheet resulted in one of the closest event results of the year.
Congratulations to John Sharman’s well-deserved event win and to Chris Chatfield and Derek P for the Series Overall first and second respectfully!
This series was contested by seventeen of the Fleetwood DF95 Squadron and big thanks to those who travel a considerable distance and also to DP, CC and to Peter Jackson for their invaluable help to make this racing so enjoyable.
This Saturday we have 95 racing at 12 noon followed by our Fleetwood Dragon Open (Saturday the 16th DF65s and on Sunday 17th September the 95s) .
Don’t forget the Dragon Travellers TT at Weecher Reservoir, Keighley on the 14/15th October.

See you on the water.
Garry Benson
DF95 Club Captain

  

DF65 Wed. 6th Sept

A blustery westerly wind and choppy waters pointed to use of C rigs but nine hardy skippers opted for the Bs. As most of our buoys had been blown out of position a starting line the full width of the lake was easier to manage in the conditions and a shortish course of what is best described as a sausage followed by a short reach and then a short beat to finish at the start line allowed Peter to take shelter from the wind in his car. Was Paul too cocky that he was in an unassailable position overall? Or was his B rig playing up. Whatever, John took adavantage to score another event win.

Many thanks to Peter for scoring and generally organising things in my absence for the series.

 

So the final league table shows Paul and John tied on 390 points. How to resolve that? Count back? John has only four events so no count backs. Does that make Paul the winner? Or do we say John got 390 from only four events so he wins? Or, if we look at race wins in each of their four best events we get: Paul 11; John 14. So, with my captain’s hat on I have decided that the latter two viewpoints prevail and John is the winner with Paul runner-up.

KC DF65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing Series 3 No.6

DF65  Wed. 30th August

A fine sunny evening with a good old westerly wind. A rigs all round except for Harry who chose a B rig for the first few races. A fair few DNSs and DNFs; technical problems and jellyfish. Garry caught one in the sixth race whilst in the lead and finished as a DNF.

Next week is the last one in the series and it looks like it could be a tie between Paul and John for the title. If it is we’ll need countbacks.

    

Ken Crabtree  DF65 Fleet Captain

DF95 Tue. 29th August

Although the racing was not without its uninvited marine life the 95 fleet are in debt to the Jelly Removal Squad’s endeavours which certainly reduced the frustration level from previous weeks.
Nevertheless Chris C seemed to not only attract the inevitable but he also managed to be ‘hooked up’ and be inseparable the length of the lake and whilst being in first position on both occasions! Still, as you will see, the discards came to his rescue.
The weather proved to be favourable and many thanks to Derek for setting another challenging beating and running course which resulted in some exciting tacking duals throughout the fleet during which Derek then demonstrated that with some fine tuning and a master at the ‘helm’ (see race 6) any of this one design can get a bullet.
Next week is the final event in the series and another opportunity to get some tuning in prior to the upcoming Fleetwood Dragon Open (16/17 September) and the Dragon Travellers TT at Weecher Reservoir, Keighley on the 14/15th October.

See you on the water.

Garry Benson

DF95 Club Captain