DF95 2019 Saturdays No. 1

Saturday 4th May

Yesterday we had hail and there was talk of snow today, so it was cold.

First glance at the lake and there were some flat spots due to the wind coming over the sand hills. The course was set up near the clubhouse and there were many families enjoying the day out. Six skippers all using the big rig and we just did a one lapper to get the ball rolling.

The second race we added a lap and this was where the confusion started during the race. We had broken every rule on course setting, using buoys more than once and in different directions and even the odd crossover. Some were sailing the correct course, what the course should be, or even what they thought the course was.

It didn’t help when many boats were being caught on crab lines. When you turned your back, you realised some had been casting their lines out towards the middle of the lake. ( well the first nearest buoy anyway) We couldn’t sail any further after half way as there was a fast power boat doing it’s thing, and we still had the flat spots, so had to make do with what we had.

Rounding the buoys the wrong way or missing out marks continued for a while up until coffee break, race six. The wind direction was fluctuating.

Then the simplified course was adopted. Only 4 marks to be used. Start line, Port, Starboard, starboard, Port and Finish. and only one lap.It went much better, we are all still learning.

The wind swung lakewise during the break, it got up and also all fishers of men had gone home, because it was now feeling a lot colder. Most Skippers doubled back into the clubhouse and dropped down to ‘B’ rig.

Chris had been doing well during the afternoon with only dropping the odd win to the other guys. The wind continued to strengthen with gusts and after a few more races ‘C’ rigs became the norm.. Thirteen races in total and we finished just before 5 pm. It had been a long challenging afternoon, very sailable and rules had been adhered to.

Tony Wilson


DF65 2019 series 1 Event 3

2nd May 2019

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 recalls.

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.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF95 2019 series 1 Event 3

30th April 2019

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 the scoring.

Our next DF95 event is on Saturday 4th May 1pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Winter Series 5

16TH March 2019

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 around 3pm.

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.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF 95 Winter Series 4

Saturday 16th February

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.

Tony. W

Laser Winter Series

Winter Series overall results to follow.

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.

Sunday 17th February - Fleetwood Lasers - Winter Series 4A

Sunday 17th February - Fleetwood Lasers - 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 10th February - fleetwood Lasers - Winter Series 3A

Sunday 10th February - Fleetwood Lasers -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.