A brilliant night of sailing was had by the ten skippers who turned out, in what were near perfect conditions for a change.
Our RO Derek got us underway at 6.30 pm prompt, setting a
sausage shape course and with all the fleet on A rig. With respect being shown
on the start line, all the ten races we got in got away cleanly and with no
Most of the races were quite tight and competitive, and with
five different skippers taking at least one bullet, it was always going to go
down to the last race before the winner was confirmed.
Chris managed to get through the last race unscathed and
took a win, so he was the confirmed winner on the night, from Eric in second.
A disappointing evening for the Rose Family as their boats
played up all night with differing problems, but Mark managed to get on the
water with his Dads boat for a few races and took a couple of bullets.
So a great night on the whole, and we hope for much of the
same next time out, which is on Thurs 9th May 6.30pm start.
A disappointing turnout of only four skippers for this the
third event in the series, in what can only be described as a still evening
with very little wind, on the good side it kept fine with no rain.
We started off with a one lap figure eight course at the clubhouse end of the lake, which worked to a point but became increasingly difficult as time went by, so RO Derek moved us up the lake where there seemed to be a little more breeze, and reset a triangular course for us to take on. And we just managed to get our eight races in before it became a still calm, shame because we still had good light.
Eric with five bullets performed consistently all evening
and was a worthy winner on the night.
Thanks to Derek for keeping an eye on proceedings and doing
Our next DF95 event is on Saturday 4th May 1pm
The final event in the Winter Series, turned out to be a
real challenge for the five skippers who turned out, in what was almost
impossible conditions as Storm Hannah blew through, but the little Dragons did
us proud and managed to cope with the huge chop and very strong wind and gusts.
We managed to get in five races before the conditions
worsened, and it became too dangerous to sail, so we had to call it a day
All that said there was some very close racing, especially
between Garry and John, who even tied one race, and both finished on the same
points, but Garry took the honours on count back, and with John missing the
first race this maybe cost him in the end.
So this brings to an end our Winter Series with the final
result as follows:-
3rd place: Walter Audley 200 pts.
2nd place: John Plant 254 pts.
1st place: Garry Benson 300 pts.
We now move on to our next event, and the start of the Saturday
Series, which is on 6th April start 1pm.
We had 9 skippers for event 4 in the Winter series DF95.
The course was set on a bias and starting from under the bridge. One lap, just to see how it went, had us beating up to the half way mark on the near side. Across the pond to the far side and then a reach across and another back to the pump house and concluding in an ‘M’ shaped course.
Derek nominated himself as score master being the first one home. He repeated his success up until race 6 when he decided to leave out a race for a friendly chat. Tony lent out his boat for a couple of races, where it’s been decided as, similarly to the Lasers, when you lend out a boat to a guest skipper you get an average of your score or their score if better. You can’t lose, so this is encouraged to do, but you cannot win the first couple of races and then leave them to it.
After race six we had a coffee break and, apart from the first race, the rest were all two laps. Derek continued where he left off and really only had Gordon on his heels. The first wins were by nearly half a lap, but by the end of the racing as Derek tired we were all coming in just after him and we had learnt most of his route. Race nine had another lent out boat, but for just the one race.
The scores in the end after race 12 had Derek and Gordon on
the same score of 25 points, but then as you take off the discards,
Derek wins. Eric Austwick was in third place.
We had some good racing and we did it all in ‘A’ rig.
Sunday 17th February – Winter Series 4 – This time we had 7 Skippers. Again we completed 20 races and it was split into 10 races for Winter Series 4A and 10 races for Winter Series 4B.
The date was changed from the 24th February due to there benig no water in the lake at Southport.
Sunday 10th February – Winter Series 3 – 6 Skippers turned out again. The day saw the Laser Fleet complete 20 races, 10 races for Winter Series 3A and 10 races for Winter Series 3B.
Sunday 27th January – Winter Series 2 – 5 Skippers turned up this week and you guest it too Windy again, Racing Abandoned.
Sunday 13th January – Winter Series 1 – 6 Skippers turned out, Winds and Gusts to strong for even Lasers in either Lake. We even had two Skippers sailing in the Kiddies Pool (yes there was enough water). Racing abandoned.
Gale-force wind greeted the five skippers who turned up for
this the fourth event in our Winter Series, with everyone on C rig we were away
a little after 12 noon.
A simple triangular course was set to begin with to see how
we coped with the challenging conditions, and to be fair all managed well, and
we soon learnt the art of gybing and used it when needed. As we progressed
through the races the wind was dropping all the time, and soon we were able to
alter the course to a more interesting figure eight type with more chance of
tacking both ways.
After a short break for a brew and a bite to eat, we were
Late on in the day, as it calmed a bit more although it was still gusting occasionally, for the last three races, Garry and Bob decided to change to B rig, the others staying on C, It turned out to be a good choice especially for Garry who took the last three.
All in all, we had a great days sailing, with all of the
skippers taking at least one bullet, from the thirteen races we got in, but it
was Garry who finished top of the pile followed by Ken and Eric.
Our next outing for the 65 is on Saturday 16th
March at 12 noon.