WOW, sitting here on Saturday night thinking that days like today are why we sail model racing yachts, what a start to the new season for the DF95 !
For the first event of the winter series of 2019 a beautifully sunny day with mid A rig breeze met a great turn out of 10 skippers. The wind wasn’t straight down the lake but near enough to allow a decent course to be set. About half the lake was used until this could be extended when the power boat enthusiast from Malta left us free to use as much as we wanted. The shifting ESE wind made for tactical racing which was a joy to be a part of, after the first few races there was only going to be one winner at this event ( when you discard a second its going well ) but the racing was close throughout the fleet including for the win on some occasions. It seemed a shame to finish after the usual 8 races had been completed so we threw in an extra two lap race at the end finishing just after 16:00.
Thanks again to Bob and Garry for all the organisation, it really is appreciated.
However we do need to share the load, a class captain who can be present for most events is required, please speak up if your interested, there’s plenty of support for anyone who wants to have a go.
Next DF95 event on the 14th Dec, more of the same please.
There is now a draft version in the calendar on this website. Event finish times are an approximation merely to give an indication of the length of the event. The annual booklet will shortly be going to the printers. As soon as it is available next year’s membership documents will be issued.
To all club members who are also members of the MYA. As you will be aware the MYA 2019 AGM is scheduled for 30th November 2019. As the club’s MYA contact I have received associated documents below. Please read and if you decide to vote let me know your decisions; it seems voting is at club level not individual members. Also note closing date for votes.
Our start to the new season saw nine skippers turning out on
what was a damp, cold, overcast afternoon. With an Easterly breeze, a
triangular shape course was set, and eight races were had in our time.
Early problems for Darren with servo trouble saw his day
spoilt, and Ken too with a leak meant he had to retire half way through to
investigate. The rest of us got through unscathed and enjoyed some good
With John and Garry in good form, it was always going to be
between those two who got the honours, and it went down to the last race to
decide the winner, John taking the day overall by a point. A mention for Steve
who had a good days sail, and took third spot respectively.
Many thanks to Ian who kindly did the scoring.
So that’s it we are off and running and look forward to our
next outing which is on Sat 7th December with a 1pm start.
An excellent turnout for this the last event in the series,
and the final evening event of the year for the Dragon 65.
With a strong westerly wind it was a toss-up whether to go
with B or C, majority went with the B, but it was a disadvantage on the runs
with nose diving, but most stuck it out right through, the odd one changing to
A sausage shape course was set and eight races were had
before darkness fell, although the last race was on the limit to test your
eyesight. Tacking was difficult for all, and if you didn`t get it right first
try, it would set you back a few places, so it was a case of either taking on a
tack and hoping for the best, or gybing to stay up with the fleet.
Derek was with us this week, and no surprise that he won on
the night with his six bullets. Chris performed well enough to take second spot
and the overall Series win, only just from Bob, who if he had finished third,
it would have been enough for him to take the series, as it was Walter edged
Bob out of third by a point, and Chris finished up winner of the series by two
points. Congrats to him.
So a great but difficult nights sailing, to end our evening
events, and wonderful to see many boats on the water.
We’ve had a good summers sailing with some very good
attendances, and I hope for much of the same next year, when we will do it all