No report this time I’m afraid, only to say our second IOM outing post full lockdown was just as good as the first which was amazing. Full social distancing observed. Please note this Wednesdays (12th Aug) IOM practice has been CANCELLED due to most skippers having other commitments. More IOM racing soon we hope, watch this space.
Sunday was a nice day for sailing and as we weren’t racing, we thought we’d just let the boats race themselves instead. Normally scheduled in the club’s calendar for the Vane steered ‘A’ boats, which had been cancelled, some thought it would be an ideal opportunity to test the latest design on the block from John Taylor, a 3D printed hull with help from Damian, using Bob J. as volunteer Skipper and proud new owner. The ability to fully social distance with only a couple of boats racing at a time and a mate to pole off on the far bank to prevent them crashing, makes this look very acceptable. Four boats in total to sail in pairs at allotted times, gave us all three ups and three downs. Remix, the prototype hull sailed by Bob, only dropped a beat all morning, proving a very worthy contender for future events.
Although the club is still closed we have started to hold social sailing events. There have been three so far and below is a resume, from Derek, of what has happened to date.
Last weekend on Sat we had 8 DF95’s out for a trial run of “socially distanced” sailing, followed on Sunday with 5 IOM’s and on Tuesday night we had 10 df95’s out. Wind conditions were very varied over the 3 days with Sunday being the best when a stiff no2 rig blew for the IOM’s. Boat reliability was also very varied with some (mine included) proving to be less than reliable.
According to the club book, the IOM fleet are scheduled to race on this coming Sunday from 10am, so I invite you to come down and enjoy some “socially distanced” informal racing/sailing. I will be there, from 10am, with the back door open for access to the toilet (alcohol based hand gel on site) please bring your own refreshments. Club room is currently under refurbishment & is therefore closed.
I look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday. Derek Priestley
This evening, Thursday 24th June, it is the turn of the DF65s at 6.30 pm. A good turn out is expected but social distancing rules will be strictly enforced.
UPDATE: We have now been in the draws for 3 weeks and 34 tickets have been bought by 11 supporters. We should achieve our initial target of 50 tickets in four weeks but surely we can do better. We have not had any winners yet but it is only a matter of time. In the meantime club funds have been boosted by £17 and the prediction is that this will increase to almost £500 for a full year at the current support level. It could so easily be £1000; so if you haven’t yet subscribed, think about it.
Wyre Council has started a community lottery. It takes place every Saturday and tickets cost £1. Of that, 50p goes to the community group selected when the ticket was purchased. There has been one lottery so far, prizes were nothing particularly exciting but the lottery is advertised with the slogan ‘your chance to win £25000’. It doesn’t say when or how frequently.
Fleetwood MYPBC has been accepted as a community group and if every member was to buy 1 ticket per week then the club would amass approximately £2500!! Any such monies received by the club will be ring fenced and used to improve the facilities of the club.
For the last event of our Winter Series, nine skippers turned out, on what was a mild fine day with a moderate wind, enabling us to adorn the A rig. What a change from recent weeks when we have been battling the storms.
A triangular shape course was set, with a long beat to the windward mark then a reach to a mid-point, then a run down to the leeward mark and beat to a finish, in very fluky conditions it must be said. Ten races were had in the time with four skippers taking bullets, Garry 4, Bob 4, Steve 1 and Chris 1. So it was Garry and Bob first and second, pushed hard by John who was a late starter and missed the first two races which he discarded, but with his six second places, he only finished up one point behind Bob and took third spot.
Many thanks to Ian Hawtin for being race officer for the day, allowing me to concentrate solely on my racing. It really is a big help
Garry’s win on the day confirmed his position at the top of the table for the series, by winning three events out of the five he couldn`t be caught. Johns third place pushed him up to runner up overall, with Steve in third respectively. Congratulations to them.
We now look forward to the start of our Saturday Series which begins on the 4th April, 1pm start.
First and foremost, we are grateful to Bob Jolly for taking on the Race Officer duties, not to mention him gaining some good results when taking the helm in a couple of races.
On a personal level (and I am sure that amongst others) I am also grateful to Mike Parkington for his Britpop set-up expertise and to Derek for assisting us all with his input in getting various boats ship-shape and race worthy!
It seems that this winter is less than kind with the weather and although the sixteen races were not in rain and a storm, the direction and the gusts proved to be more than a challenge and the day ended with us all on a B rig.
As you will see from the results there were five different skippers taking a bullet and close racing throughout the fleet.
The final event of this series is this coming Sunday the 15th March – and don’t miss the IOM Mayoral Cup which is an Open event the following Sunday – both 10am starts.
Yachting Section Secretary
Here are some piccies, on YouTube, supplied by (Flying) Tony Wilson
Eight skippers turned out, on a dry cold afternoon to contest part four of our Winter Series. The wind was good to begin with, although blowing from the worst direction, as it meant the start line being over in the corner by the bridge. Most of the fleet set out on A rig, but all ended up on B later on in the day, as the threat of Storm Ciara predicted for later that afternoon started to show its face.
Conditions were very awkward as lulls and gusts came through and directions changing all the time. A rectangular shape course was set to start, and changed to more of a zig zag after our half time cuppa, to add a little more interest.
Eight races were had before we called time, and it was Garry who easily came out on top mastering the challenging conditions better than us all, and he took five bullets in his final points tally of 7. A mention for Steve who continues to improve, and he took a well-deserved runner up place with some consistent sailing and six top three finishes.
It was good to get back on the water with the 65 after a lengthy lay off, but for some of us it was a day of hardship trying to get to grips with the unpredictable conditions, which amazed us at times.
Our next outing for the 65 is on Saturday 14th March, 12 noon start.