Twixmas Regatta Day 2

IOM

For day 2 of the Twixmas Regatta at Fleetwood it was the turn of the IOM fleet.  The forecast was for 9 knots from the S or SSE, but unfortunately it was mostly 3 to 5 knots with some large shifts although predominantly straight across the lake.  The course consisted of a long fetch/close reach from the clubhouse to the first mark and spreader and then four reaches and beats across the lake finishing in a close reach to the finish at the clubhouse end. 

After a presentation of the MYA Chris Dicks Award to this years winner Dave Hollom and a short briefing, racing got underway promptly at 10:00. With a total of 23 boats finally registering on the morning, the fleet was split into two seeding heats to try and avoid congestion at the first mark with the wind direction.  Mick Chamberlain (Sedici) and Rob Walsh (Britpop) won the two seeding races, with both of them establishing a useful lead at the first mark and then extending this as the race progressed. Race 2 was won by Rob, with Mick second and James Hadden (Alternative) third, a boat self built this year and on its first open event airing.  Race 3 was taken by Derek Priestley (Dead Reckoning), with Dave Hollom (Dead Reckoning) second and John Sharman (Vision) in third.  There was then a short break for mince pies and mulled wine (or tea/coffee), before a heat reschedule and racing re-started.  Race 4 was again won by Derek, with Rob second and John Berry (Viper) third.  In Race 5, it was another win for Mick, with Dave Darwell (Moster) second  and James third. 

After lunch, Rob must have been suitably refreshed as the afternoon belonged to him, with a win in Race 6, James in second and Dave Darwell third.  He followed it up with another win in Race 7 and a second for John and third for James.  With the light still being good, a final race 8 was run which provided two discards for the fleet.  This was once again won by Rob with Shaun Priestley (In-Transition) second and Derek in third.

This ended a good but tricky days sailing with the podium ending up as Rob in first, with James having a consistent day placing second and Mick in third. 

A separate prize was awarded to the person who was best placed over the two days of racing and this was won by John Sharman on 5 points, with Mick Chamberlain second on 9 points, Derek Priestley third with 10 points and Peter Baldwin fourth with 11 points.

Thanks must go to Bob Jolly and Judith Baldwin for running the racing and scoring over the two days of racing together with Maureen and Elaine in the galley keeping everyone fed and watered.

Report by

Peter Baldwin

….and some piccies, again from (Flying) Tony Wilson

Twixmas Regatta Day1

DF95

In the end, 20 sailors registered for the first day of the Twixmas event at Fleetwood Model Yacht and Power Boat Club.  After a short briefing by Derek Priestley, racing got under way shortly after 10:00 under the watchful eye of Bob Jolly as RO assisted by scorer Judith Baldwin.

The fleet raced as one on a course with two beats at a slightly different angle to try and make the best of the shifty 5 to 10 knot breeze.  Dave Burke was quick out of the blocks to win Race 1.  Derek took wins in Races 2 and 3, with Dave then picking up Race 4.

This was followed by a short break for mulled wine and hot mince pies and then resumed with Race 5 where it was the turn of Mick Chamberlain to take the win, followed by Jen Hand picking up Races 6 and 7 by a good margin from the rest of the field.  The final race (number 8) before lunch provided yet another winner in the form of John Sharman.

After a quick break for lunch, John again showed the fleet a clean pair of heels to win Race 9.  Race 10 then provided another new winner in the form of Chris Chatfield, followed by the first win for Peter Baldwin in Race 11.  Derek picked up Race 12 from Peter right on the finish line, the final race which may have been unlucky for some was won by Peter as a small compensation for narrowly missing out on Race 12.

When the final scores were added up, only one point separated the top three, with John Sharman (Keighley) taking the win on count back from Dave Burke (Lincoln) and Peter Baldwin (Birkenhead) in third just one point behind them.

Report by

Peter Baldwin

Some piccies, courtesy of Tony Wilson

DF95 Winter 2019/20 Series 1

Saturday 30th November

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. 

Gordon Bayliff

2020 Events Calendar

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.

MYA 2019 AGM

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.

DF65 2019/20 Winter series 1

9th November 2019

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 competitive racing.

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.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 7

5th September 2019

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 C.

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 again.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.