DF Squadron Report


Series 1 Event 6 | Tuesday 23 May 2017

As you will see from the results table Shaun Holbeche dominated the fleet of nine who also had the added hazard of bandits at six o’clock ie Jelly Fish! This made for some amazing reversals of fortunes as they have no prejudice to who they cling to.

Nevertheless, and even allowing for a very fickle WSW failing breeze, we managed eight one lap races and gained valuable tuning knowledge for the forthcoming Nationals.

We are have another DF95 POP-UP this coming Bank Holiday – Monday the 29th – 10.30am. This is another golden opportunity to avoid the traffic jams and prepare for the Nationals in Milton Keynes.


Series 1 Event 6 | Wednesday 24th May 2017

A few spits and spots from a sea fret before the start had us thinking we might be in for a wet evening but no, just overcast and no bl**dy wind again!! A simple course of an obtuse angled triangle finishing on a run proved quite a challenge: six skippers each taking a first place including Tim S who had his first ever first place. (Since he bought that s/h boat from John Tush he’s shooting up the leader board! Think JT might have forgotten to remove the turbo drive!)


Ken Crabtree  DF65 Fleet Captain

Fleetwood DF95 Squadron heads to Milton Keynes!

Calling all Fleetwood DF sailors,

The DF95 National Championships are being held over the weekend of 10/11th June, and the Fleetwood DF95 Squadron are taking part in force!!

Already entered are:

  • Tim Lanigan
  • Chris Chatfield
  • Shaun Holbeche (Winner of 6m Nationals held recently at Norwich)
  • Garry Benson
  • Mick Parkington
  • Sue Parkington
  • Derek Priestley

With that entry we hope to make a big impact on the event but we could always make a bigger impact. If any more of you would like to come & join us you’d be most welcome. The event is to be hosted by the 2 Islands club sailing on Furzton Lake next door to the Premier inn of the same name. We are all staying at the Premier Inn and partying at the Hungry Horse pub next door.

Entry details are here

If you know anyone who would like to come but needs a boat let me know & I’ll find one for them. Contact us through the form, email Derek, ask Garry or speak to me, the Fleetwood MYPBC Web Donkey

Hope to see you there.

Derek Priestley
Yachting section Chairman.

PS We have awesome FWD DF Squadron Stickers for all those representing 🙂

Schooner 1st Quarter Results 2017

A Class

1st      John Mac
2nd    = Roy Pickering
2nd    = Tony Carey
3rd      Tom Pearsall

B Class

1st      John Plant
2nd      Mike Priest
3rd    = Bary Ward
3rd    = Graham Ardron
3rd    = Tim Saam

C Class

1st    = Terry Griffiths
1st    = Ray Baron
2nd      Ian Thompson
3rd      Harry Wilkinson

MYA Vane “A” Class National Championships & Yachting Monthly Cup

Dear Vane “A” Class Enthusiasts,

The Fleetwood Club is proud to be once again hosting the MYA Vane “A” Class National Championship which will be for the 41st occasion since the opening of our lake in 1932. The Championship will run SATURDAY 29th JULY to FRIDAY 4th AUGUST 2017

Entry to the Vane “A” Class Championship will be open until the official closing date of 16th July. Please send your entry on the modified MYA National Championship entry form attached, or using the on-line MYA entry facility, if preferred. However, in either case, the entry fee of £50-00 per yacht must be paid by the above closing date. Skippers entering the National Championship will automatically be entered in the YM Cup Competition, for no extra cost, unless they notify the Race Committee otherwise. Competitors who wish only to sail in the YM Cup and not the National Championship will be allowed to join in, on payment of a £5-00 entry fee. Further Details in the NOR posted below

MYA Vane Championship Entry Form
Link to MYA Online Entry form

DF Squadron Club Racing 5

This evening we were again blessed with excellent late spring weather and the rapidly diminishing breeze again provided varied results although, as per the norm, Tim Lanigan prevailed with another set of consistent results.

A good turnout of nine skippers initially sported B rigs which were rapidly upgraded to the A rig as the WNW breeze abated and the testing one lap course which was shortened for the last two had the added advantage of avoiding the setting sun.

As you will now be pleased to see, I have now (and about time) managed to get my head around the MYA scoring program and as there are two more events in this series I will publish the overall positions asap.

Garry Benson
95 Squadron Club Captain

DF65 Wednesday 17th May

KC reporting from beautiful Pembrokeshire and with other regulars in Bermuda, Turkey and Spain it wasn’t a bad turnout. Looks like it will be a close race between John and Garry but Paul is creeping up on the rails.

Classic and Vintage Vane M Class Weekend Results

Saturday 6th May

1st Alan & David Bell FMY&PBC Foxtrot Designed by C.Adams 19 points

2nd John Plant & Derek Priestley FMY&PBC Blood Axe R. Stollery 16

3rd Peter Whiteside FMY&PBC Bosun S.Witty 14

4th David Mathers Vintage MYG Wasp S.Witty 12

5th= Martin Bandey Vintage MYG 7

5th= Peter Iles FMY&PBC S.Witty 7

Alan & David Bell were top “Vintage” design and received Walter Jones Trophy

John Plant & Derek Priestley were top “Classic” and won Mayoral Cup

Thanks to Bob Jolly for the Photographs.

Sunday 7th May 2017

1st Peter Whiteside FMY &PBC Bosun S,Witty 17 points

2nd Alan & David Bell FMY&PBC Foxtrot C.Adams 17

3rd Damian Ackroyd FMY&PBC Blood Axe R.Stollery 16

4th John Plant & Eddie Greenwood FMY&PBC Sula W.Sykes 15

5th David Mathers Vintage MYG Wasp S.Witty 10

6th Martin Bandey Vintage MYG 0

1st place was decided by a sail off, with Peter Whiteside winning both beats to windward.
He received the Hayes Trophy for top “Vintage” yacht

Top “Classic” was sailed by Damian Ackroyd who won the Pearson Trophy.

All trophy winners received a FMY&PBC engraved glass tumbler.

Thanks are due to Race Officer Eric Watkinson and to Tony Wilson who acted as mate for those without.