Members are reminded that the club’s AGM is on Sunday 19th November 2017, 2.30pm in the club house. The closing date for motions and nominations for office has now passed but if you want to vote or ask any questions this is your chance. The agenda is below.

I hope to see many of you there.

Ken Crabtree  (General Secretary)

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Yachting Section AGM 2017

This years Yachting Section AGM will be held on October 17th @ 19:00…

Dear members,

Your input as Yachting members of our club is vital, your ideas and requests will be used to formulate next years sailing programme. Ken has emailed out some talking points around the Dragon sailing programme, have the weekend events been a bit of a damp squib? What can we do better next year? The Agenda will be coming out shortly, if you would like anything to be included please let Derek/Ken know or just come down for a brew and a chat on the night (there might even be some biscuits on the go)

Vane 36R Lever Cup Saturday 19.08.17

Despite comments of “Surely you are not going sailing in all this wind?”, from Members of other Sections of the Club, the intrepid group of Vane 36R sailors launched or threw their yachts into the large white-topped waves on Fleetwood Model Yacht Lake. The smallest rigs available were the order of the day. The wind was blowing right down the lake from the west end and was much stronger than it had been at the recent Vane “A” Nationals. However, with our sensible heads we decided to do beats only and launch from the side of the lake adjacent to the Clubhouse. The lee yacht would set off from a position astern of the weather boat, then when the lee boat was level the weather boat was released.

Two rounds were sailed. Thanks are due to new recruits, Ian Thompson and Bob Jolly, for acting as mates to the small fleet, and to Race Officer Eric Watkinson.


  • 1st Peter Whiteside 15 points
  • 2nd Peter Jackson 12
  • 3rd John Plant 9
  • 4th Eddie Greenwood 0

DF Squadron 2017 Saturday Series No. 5

DF65 Fleet

The 65s were up first this time at 12 noon. It was B rigs all round in a NNW wind. There were the usual disasters of bits falling off, breaking or burning out. Results and league table to date are below. Note, there is one more Saturday event on 9th September.


Thanks again to Peter Jackson for scoring and brief report.

Ken Crabtree DF65 Fleet Captain

DF95 Fleet

Many thanks to Peter Jackson for being RO.
It would appear that there was some close racing and it was good to see Eric back on the water, although it would appear he endured a few problems. 


DF Squadron Club Racing Series 2 No.5

DF65 Fleet Wednesday 5th July

A partnership of Derek and Phil Halliday was, as expected, unbeatable taking first place in 6 of the 8 races, the other two going to Robin and John. The light wind proved problematic for the novices among us, particularly yours truly and a second place by Derek with my boat proved that the problem is not the boat but as Peter Jackson says, ‘The pratt between the sticks’! As usual the results and positions to date below.

DF95 Fleet Tuesday 4th July

Whilst I was being blessed with a primary school music prom I am in debt to Chris C for standing in at short notice and his following report.

All talk is of the impending RM Nationals this coming weekend and the first competitor to set up in the car park was Phil Holliday who borrowed Derek’s boat. Meanwhile Derek was intent on honing his PRO skills but did make a guest appearance to win race 5. In almost ideal conditions with wind from the west the racing was close throughout the fleet with Dave, Phil and Chris managing to get away and John getting his mojo back towards the end. The ever improving duo of Rob and Bob had a close tussle and Susan getting more confident as shouts of starboard echoed round the lake.

Garry Benson

DF95 Club Captain