Tuesday, 6th August 2019
A glance at the results table is a reflection of the less than friendly conditions which greeted seven skippers with just three left on the water by the end of the customary eight races.
Initially the fleet was split between B rig and C rig which proved successful for Derek (sailing Chris Haworth’s new yacht) with yours truly and Chris C with the B rig.
A break for a change of rig to Cs proved to be the right choice although Chris persevered with his B rig and Walter had no choice as a C rig is now on his shopping list. Yours truly suffered a mast stub breakage and continued with the RO duties and a blast with Bob’s.
The breakages continued, including winch failure for Walter. On the positive side Bob J’s yacht was flying and even allow for John Plant and myself creating an average score of two, he was still a clear winner as the yacht took five firsts with Bob doing three of them.
All credit to the fleet that were not blessed with what can only be said as a difficult howler of a gusting wind in the worst possible direction.
Yachting Section Secretary
Sunday, 26 May 2019
Allowing for the absence of notable absentees including Derek, eight of the fleet’s skippers were ‘blessed’ with an unseasonable howler of a westerly, not to mention intermittent rain.
As we use an average system the final result does not reveal three different skippers taking bullets with Mike Benson’s Britpop, not to mention John Plant gaining some excellent top three finishes with yours truly’s In-Transition.
Shaun suffered electrical gremlins which when eventually sorted saw him well up the fleet only to return and spoil his day.
It was good to see David back on the water if somewhat inhibited by his lack of mobility specially on the fast downwind run which proved more that interesting at the mark!
As you will see, Gordon enjoyed an excellent result with his new boat as opposed to Eric who could not compete until he acquires B and C rigs.
So, after sixteen races over an excellent full lake course, much deserved congrats to John Sharman who proves once again that the cream rises to the top.
Many thanks to Bob Jolly for taking the RO duties.
The next IOM club session is Wednesday the 19th June at 630pm and the second event is Sunday the 30th June at 10am.
Tuesday 21st May
Six Yachts this week with a bit of sharing again, Derek and Gary taking the helm for some races. What a difference a week makes as the wind was from the the West, more or less straight down the lake, strong enough that all bar two used the B rig for the first two races, all then changing up to the A rig. Each race used three quarters of the lake for two laps.
Shaun’s lead for the majority of the first three races before his boat took on a large amount of water during race 5 after the hatch had been removed to fix a problem encountered the race before and not sealed back down sufficiently, let’s hope he is back on the water soon leading the way again.
The finish was slightly later than usual taking advantage of the available daylight.
The next DF95 racing at Fleetwood is this Saturday.
Tuesday 14th May
8 yachts and 9 skippers this week, with David and Derek sharing the same boat (Derek’s own being polished on the dining table ready to defend the DF95 nationals). The evenings sailing began with a light wind from the West which was enough to allow a course using half the lake for two laps, two races were completed in this fashion.
The lake then went completely calm. After a short break one of the yachts still out there started on a reach down the lake, that was excuse enough for a course to be set across the lake by the bridge. After two further races with some of us just drifting around but the same faces still at the front and along way ahead an end was called to proceedings. The result was only going to go one of two ways with a masterclass of light air sailing, after finishing on the same points Shaun took the win from Mark after taking the discard into consideration.
All in all quite frustrating to only get 4 races completed, for once a barbecue might have been the better option.
Thanks to Bob & Derek for arranging everything and setting the courses.
Next week more wind ? More boats ? More races ? Hope so !
First, The DF95
Tuesday 7th May
A reasonable turn out of 7 yachts arrived for the evenings sailing, it’s a big lake so there’s room for plenty more !
With the wind from the North East Derek set us a course using the 3/4 of the lake nearest the club house with a Starboard rounding of the windward mark followed by a spreader, back down the lake for a Port rounding with a beat to the finish, the first three races used this course.
The wind moved to the East and more or less straight down the lake, allowing a longer course, we had gate at the bottom of the lake just to add to the decision making. A great nights racing with a shifting wind which varied in strength but never dropped too much, there were four different winners including Derek who borrowed David’s yacht for three races, close racing was had throughout the fleet. Hopefully more of the same next week.
Next the DF65s
9th May 2019
What could be better than going radio sailing on a wet miserable and cold Thursday evening in Fleetwood. Well nine of us didn`t think there was, except for Ken who must wish he had stayed at home in the warm, as somehow he forgot to put a patch over the battery, and soon after launch for race one, saw his beloved new version six sink to the depths, ending his participation. Derek volunteered to get out the rescue boat and do the recovery job.
So after a slight delay it was left to the eight of us to get on with race night. With all of us on A rig and the wind from the East, a course had been set with a start mid lake beating up to a windward mark up by the bridge, then a run back to a couple of marks and then a beat to a finish. With the wind fluctuating all evening it became increasingly difficult to get around the windward mark, as it just became a dead spot, so RO Derek moved us up the lake and altered the course slightly to keep us away from the bridge.
The usual candidates were up for top spot with John and Garry fighting it out, but John was let down by a mast/sail failure and had to miss out three races, even so he managed a creditable second place, and a good night for Walter who was third.
So it was Garry who took the honours with consistently good sailing all night including four bullets.
Our next outing for the 65 is on Thurs 16th May 6.30pm start.
DF 65 Capt.
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