DF65 Series 2 Event 6

12th July 2018
Again a fine turnout of eleven skippers, battled with the A rig conditions which were forever changing and very fluky to say the least. Eight races were had over a course which was simple but quite challenging. Derek joined us for the first time this series being clear of commitments, and duly took the honours for the evening, closely followed by John. A quick mention for Walter and Bob Jones, our newest member, both are improving very quickly and had some fine results on the night.
A couple of breakdowns this week, battery problems after four races for Tony spoilt his evening, and a switch problem for John caused him to miss out a couple of races, but he got that sorted and came back to take three bullets, to keep up his challenge for the title.
Many thanks to Peter for being RO
Our final event of this series is on Thurs 19th July 6.30pm.
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.

DF65 Series 2 Event 5

Thursday 5th July 2018

A great turnout of eleven skippers enjoyed a good nights racing which began on B rig, and later on as the wind dropped most of us changed to A.

A shifting wind made it difficult at times, with nobody enjoying taking on the dreaded mark on the far side of the lake, a few expletives were heard at times as sailors either missed the mark or were pushed off course by the shifts, but credit to all for persevering.

The first four races comprised a beat, a reach, and a run and as time was on our side we changed the course to include a beat to the finish for the remainder.

John and Eddie continued with their battle in this series, and took first and second place respectively. With two events left, thirty four points separate them.

Thanks to Peter for doing the starts and scoring on the night.

Our next DF65 event is on 12TH July 6.30pm.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

Model Yacht Sailing Informal Open Day

Ever seen model yachts being sailed and wanted to know how it was done or to have a go?  Now is your chance! A group of Fleetwood yacht skippers will be at the model yachting lake with their boats on Saturday 21st July 2018 between 11:00 and 15:00 and we look forward to showing you what it is all about.

If you have any questions/queries in advance please contact us here

Location: the Model Yachting Lake, Laidleys Walk, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 7JL

Note: Whilst older children may participate at the discretion of the club members, this is not an activity suitable for the under 12s.  All children MUST be under appropriate supervision.

DF 95 Saturday Series Event 4

30th June 2018

The ‘champagne’ sailing enjoyed by nine skippers included a welcome visit from Peter Baldwin who, yet again, proved that there is no substitute for experience and therefore topped the table at the end of day.
The noon start in bright sunshine and a top of the A rig north, north easterly saw three skippers taking bullets including many a change of positions, especially during the final upwind finish.
A mention for Peter Iles who sported his B rig due to ‘damage in transit’ which highlights the necessity of keeping the rigs flat packed and assembling upon arrival!
The much welcomed noon start allowed for a lunch break and during the ten races we also had plenty of time for much needed rehydration breaks prior to a 4pm finish.

Yet again the sight of these elegant yachts on the water attracted interest from the general public and the 95 continues to be a great asset to the model yacht world.

The next Saturday Series (Event 5) is on the 8th September when I hope to see all the Squadron on the water.

Garry Benson
DF95 Club Captain

DF65 Series 2 Event 3

21 June 2018
We wanted some wind for a change and boy did we get some. A course was set up the lake to take out some of the chop, C rig was the choice, but even then it was difficult, tacking was hard and we all struggled, but after saying all that I think everybody enjoyed the challenge.
No breakdowns of note, other than a couple whose batteries ran out, and Eddie whose batteries died in his hearing aid, and we had a short delay as he changed those so he could hear the starter, and we all came off the lake after our eight races, with no broken boats.
John and Eddie showed that they can cope well with any conditions, and took the top two spots.
Thanks to Peter for being Race Officer for the evening, and being lenient with all the uncontrollable jostling on the start line.
Our next DF 65 event in the series is on Thurs 28th June at 6.30pm
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.

Mustangs and Lasers Experience Day

Well it didn’t turn out too good. First hurdle was a portable pump filling up the lake bang on the corner with a mass of pipes to hinder the walk around under the bridge. So we agreed and settled to sailing from the near bank.

The idea for the day was multipurpose. First to give guys that had never had a go with Mustangs and Lasers a taste of a one sail rigged boat and they are pretty similar to each other. Then if numbers allow, to race one against each other to compare as some say the Mustang is quicker.

About half a dozen guys turned up and the weather wasn’t great. The first hour or so was a familiarisation to each others crafts and we had spare. The task was, first race Lasers only to set the usual rules in place. The next race was Mustangs only, again using the basic rules although not to the familiar Mustang course that’s sailed on Tuesdays. We had to change course just to catch out a couple of the seasoned Mustang sailors and even up the odds as we found the Mustangs are definitely quicker.

Also wanting to hinder collisions as the bigger boats are much heavier and pointy, although very old in themselves and some are pretty much held together by whatever means and could likewise be a bit fragile.

Race three and four were mixed races although you had to race one of each on both races. By the end of all four races you would have four separate scores.

Derek won the first three races, huddled along the club cabin out of the drizzle. If his radio range would have been better, I’m sure he would have raced from the comforts of his armchair from home with a set of binoculars. He then left us for family matters and a spot of lunch and forfeited his fourth score.

This was all trial and error and just a low key practise for guys. It was only at about 2 pm that the rain finally stopped. Ken had left us with his four scores and the rest of the guys decided for an additional round. John Plant had spent most of the morning caged in his car parked along Peter that was taking scores.

As the cloud over head disappeared the wind stiffened up and swung around 90 degrees to come straight down the lake which was good.

Bob had never sailed a Mustang before so it was a bit of a treat for him. Ian Hawtin had a go of both boats and was so happy about sailing and not decorating at home that he wanted to sail in all of the races which was fine. His preference in the end, was he decided the Laser was the favourite for him. Dennis also joined in and was happy to have a free sail of trimming his boat

John pinched a couple of firsts, but then he had to sail a Laser against the Mustangs, while Tony with a couple of firsts had beat Peter Iles in a very close fought battle using Peter Jackson’s heavier boat against John’s all winning super quick Mustang.

Trevor totted up the days scores and it was all separated by single points with Tony as Victor followed by Peter Iles and Ken in third. We hope that the next event on 7th July is better, as it certainly couldn’t be any worse and this paves the way nicely for the 21st July when we are programmed to be sailing all RC sailing yachts in sunshine.

New Model Shop

A new model shop has recently opened in Fleetwood. It is JAYBEE Models, 202 Lord Street Fleetwood.

There is a link to its website under ‘Suppliers’ but as yet it is still under development. Whether it will cater for our needs or not remains to be seen but if they don’t know what we want they can’t, so it may be worth popping in from time to time and suggesting items that will be useful to us.