Any member with a couple of hours to spare this Sunday is welcome at the club house to help with our annual maintenance. It’s not hard labour, just routine things like cleaning windows, oiling locks and a general spring clean. These things don’t do themselves so if you’re free please come along.
8 of our members took part in the first DRAGONFLITE 95 TT event at Southport on Sat. With a large entry of 33 boats racing in 2 fleets our members acquitted themselves well finishing as follows:
- 4th Derek P
- 9th Tim L
- 12th Mick P
- 14th Chris C
- 22n Garry B
- 24th Anna Mc
- 26th Susan P
- 31st Mike B
Sunday saw a much reduced compliment of Fleetwood Boats with just 3 of us in a fleet of 28 DF 65’s raced all as one fleet which made the starts & the racing overall challenging to say the least. The wind was light & all sailors but 3 were using the A+ rigs. 8 long 2.5 lap races were completed by 3pm our results as follows.
- 2nd Derek P
- 23rd Mick P
- 27th Susan P
The A+ rigs really made the difference! & if you wish to race on the TT circuit they are WELL worth the £70 investment.
Full results on the dfracinguk site with great photography from Anna Mc
Also on Sunday there were 7 lasers racing on a separate course although I haven’t seen any results I do know that Shaun Holbeche from Fleetwood won & that they sailed 16 races!
Autumn / Winter Series 2 3rd Feb 2018
With the TT event being held at Southport on the day, it was understandable that only a small group would contest the 2nd event of the club’s Winter Series, so while the big boys were away, it was a chance for others to get some points for the series.
A rigs were the order of the day and we had to contend with a light drizzle for most of the day.
A two lap triangular course was set, and we got four races in before we took a break for a brew and a bite to eat. Harry joined us after the break, and we managed to get in another six races, making it ten for the day, before we called time.
Eddie took top spot with Bob second, both having the same points.
Many thanks goes to Peter Jackson for doing the race officer duties.
DF 65 Club Captain
As you may or may not be aware we’ve been running a little project to get a Club DF65 together for new skippers, friends and family to try out. The boat, rigs, paint job, sails, electronics and transmitter muff have all been kindly donated by our members. Top effort all round.
The boat is available in the New Year via Bob Jolly our DF65 Captain. Drop Bob an email or drop us a message through the contact form.
One last thing, it needs a name, Poll is open for one week, anyone can vote, have at it:
More details here: https://fleetwoodmypbc.org.uk/2017/12/01/iom-xmas-race-2017/
- Derek Priestley
- Tim Lanigan
- Shaun Holbeche
- John Taylor
- Mick Chamberlain
- Chris Chatfield
- Darin Ballington
- Tracy Ballington
- Martin Roberts
- Mick Parkington
- Sue Parkington
- Damien Ackroyd
- Paul Allen
DF 65 Autumn Series 4
16TH Dec 2017
Forecast was for clear skies, a rise in temperature and a 8-9 mph wind. Great, or so we thought, well they got the temp and the skies right, but where was the main ingredient to propel a yacht.
Preparing ourselves for a dull, boring drift about, in little or no wind, we went on the water endeavouring to at least show something on the score sheet. A simple sausage course was set, and we managed to complete 5 races, although not in record time, or maybe it was a record, for the longest time to complete a short course.
Enough said, the pictures below, courtesy of Anna, say it all.
Johns experience showed, and he came out on top, with Eddie a close second
Happy Xmas to you all, and see you in the New Year.
Have a good one.
65 Fleet Capt.