DF Squadron Club Racing Series 3 No.1


The only missing link on a glorious summer evening was a decent breeze. Nevertheless, nine optimistic skippers endured four races in which the failing wind managed to swing from west to north to gone!

Again, Derek demonstrated his skills, even allowing for a late first race start and for Trevor Bell taking his boat for the final slog.

I note that various regular skippers were unavailable to participate tonight and I look forward to a full turnout next week.

See you on the water.

Garry Benson
DF95 Club Captain Club

PRACC Weekender 2017

Right, that was last year, the plan for this year is as follows…

Saturday 5th August – Practice & tune up.

  • Shoot the breeze with your A Class mates
  • Start 1pm (To allow travel to event)
  • Last race 5pm
  • Sat Evening socialising food, drinks and debrief in the Mount Hotel Fleetwood!

Sunday 6th of August – Racing proper

  • Start 10am
  • Last race 3pm (To allow travel home)

Free hot drinks over weekend, please bring your own sarnies.

Entries to Derek but we will, of course, accept them on the day.

Entry List:

  • Derek Priestley      67
  • Damian Ackroyd   101
  • Dave Stewart          12
  • Bob Conner            05
  • Nick Cayman         42
  • Terry Rench           92

DF Squadron Club Racing Series 2 No.7

DF95 Fleet Tuesday 18th July

Tonight Derek kindly revisited the ‘ask for water’ rule prior to racing and this resulted in calamity free & enjoyable racing.

Nine skippers were again treated to a NNE in which all but two initially sported a B rig and subsequently switched up to an A rig as the wind abated. The exception to this was Russell who ploughed on all evening with his B and proved very competitive beating to the first mark.As you will see from the results four different skippers took bullets and some of the finishes tested Derek (who kindly was RO) to the limit.

This series has seen seventeen skippers participating with this exciting class and congratulations go to overall winner Chris Chatfield and to runner-up Mark Rose who pushed him all the way.

Next Tuesday is the first of a new series and I look forward to seeing you on the water.

Garry Benson
DF95 Club Captain

DF65 Fleet Wednesday 19th July

What has happened to the weather on Wednesdays? At 5.30pm it was lashing it down with thunder and lightning but as fleet captain I felt obliged to turn up and thank whoever for also turning up. To my surprise nine skippers arrived and by 6.15 the rain had turned to a light drizzle but the wind had completely disappeared; lake flat as a pancake. After watching a few boats drift aimlessly at 7pm I decided to abandon any chance of racing. What happened? Ten minutes later the wind picked up so eight of the nine skippers started racing over a short triangular course. After two races the rain came down again but, hey, we’ve come down so let’s carry on, which six of us did. Despite the wind starting to die again and eventually going in the opposite direction we managed to achieve six races. As usual results and final positions for the second series are below.


Congratulations to Mark who takes the series and Paul, runner up.

Thanks again to Peter Jackson for scoring, from the comfort of his car!

Ken Crabtree,  DF65 Fleet Captain

10 Rater Nats – Day 2 report

What a difference a day makes at Fleetwood… torrential rain, followed by a consistent drizzle and the wind shifted 180 degrees from the previous 5 days. The first race was held in a gusty 14 knots with Dave Potter taking an early win. Slowly but surely the wind died away to nothing with John Tushingham scoring a couple of well deserved races wins and Yannick taking a brace with his swing rigged Kamsin2 (which looked particularly tasty in the light).

With the wind giving up and doing the crazy things it became impossible to set a decent course and the fleet went for an early bath with 25 races completed by 2pm.

Graham Bantock sailed a super consistent regatta to take the Championships with Yannick sneaking into second place late in the day with string of good results. David Potter and Matteo Longhi came in 3rd and 4th respectively with Roy Stevens winning the Classic Trophy with his IOTA.

We like to thank the following race team for carrying on after the Marblehead Nationals and putting on another cracking event for the 10’s…

  • Derek Priestley
  • Peter Baldwin
  • Judith Baldwin
  • Robert Owens
  • Rick Ford
  • Ken Crabtree
  • Tim Lanigan
  • Paul Balcombe

And of course we’ll finish with even more more pictures!