Our start to the new season saw nine skippers turning out on
what was a damp, cold, overcast afternoon. With an Easterly breeze, a
triangular shape course was set, and eight races were had in our time.
Early problems for Darren with servo trouble saw his day
spoilt, and Ken too with a leak meant he had to retire half way through to
investigate. The rest of us got through unscathed and enjoyed some good
With John and Garry in good form, it was always going to be
between those two who got the honours, and it went down to the last race to
decide the winner, John taking the day overall by a point. A mention for Steve
who had a good days sail, and took third spot respectively.
Many thanks to Ian who kindly did the scoring.
So that’s it we are off and running and look forward to our
next outing which is on Sat 7th December with a 1pm start.
There was only going to be one winner this week, out of the
disappointing turnout of only four skippers, and that was John with his
consistent sailing taking six bullets in his tally, leaving the rest of us to fight
it out for the other places.
With a westerly light breeze, all of us on A sail, a
triangular shape course was set, and with Derek our race officer, eight races
were had in the time.
Eric put in some good finishes and came a deserved runner
up, Walter unfortunately had some transmitter problems, but did well to keep
racing and took third spot, ahead of Bob.
So a poor turnout once again, and very disappointing that
only four out of the thirty or so boats registered at the club turn out.
That said we will try again next week on Thursday 3rd
Sept 6.30pm start, when it is the last evening event of the year for the 95.
With a very light wind forecast and being held on a Bank Holiday, I was feeling a bit negative to whether the day would actually go ahead. Surprised to when a good handful of Laser skippers had actually turned up, I set to into putting a Mustang together..The wind slowly filtered through and the day was looking better as a constant wind of about 5 MPH began to blow from a westerly corner of the lake. We managed to club together five Lasers and four Mustangs, so we could in effect do some racing. A sausage shape windward / leeward course of two laps and finish a bit further up the field was the order. We tend to play these days by ear and it was fair enough to just race and not bother with results and this seemed to keep us in check and not get to over excited as we sometimes do. The morning went to the Lasers, being lighter in weight and able to cope better with very light winds. Eric A. was having some good results and was usually the winner. The wind all the time picking up a touch and even Mike P. on just a B rig was doing fine with the Laser. We had a spectator from Manchester that had a go with a Mustang and then a couple of more goes with separate Lasers until his misses and family dragged him away. He says he had a little black boat at home that he was hoping to sail on a pond. Couldn’t think of what it was called but remembered a Dragon emblem on the sail. Only had it about 2 Years and still in the packet. So we hope to have whetted his appetite. After lunch and the Mustangs came alive. As the wind picked up a little more all the while, by the end of the day it was breaking the 10 MPH barrier. Leaving the Lasers by a greater margin, the Mustangs seemed to be now coming in first. Another spectator this time from Cambridge was able to also have a brief go with one of the boats at the end of play and was very grateful. Some had exchanged boats through the day for a try with something different.You could say a day of two halves and all in all a fair day.
the success of the first ever Six Metre open meeting in April the Six
Metre section is holding another open meeting on Sunday 25th August. We
have already had a very good response to this event and would welcome
further entries from any six metre owners who would like to get on the
water and race in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. With the
Nationals coming up in early September this represents a great
opportunity for a shakedown and sharpening your skills at a great venue
for larger yachts. I also have a six metre that is available for loan at the event if someone wants to have a go!
Entry can be made via the MYA entry system or directly via email to Shaun Holbeche (see NOR). The Notice of Race is below. Shaun Holbeche
On Saturday 17th August the Fleetwood Model Yacht and Power Boat Club is holding an Open Day, starting at 10.30 a.m.
welcome to drop in for as long as you like. There will be plenty of yachts,
power boats and schooners to have a test sail with and you can even try racing
against some of our experienced skippers. There will be members there to answer
any questions and to give advice on the art and skills of sailing so come along
and discover why so many people are attracted to this sport.
Following the success of the first ever Six Metre open meeting in April the Six Metre section is holding another open meeting on Sunday 25th August.
We have already had a very good response to this event and would welcome further entries from any six metre owners who would like to get on the water and race in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. With the Nationals coming up in early September this represents a great opportunity for a shakedown and sharpening your skills at a great venue for larger yachts.
I also have a six metre that is available for loan at the event if someone wants to have a go!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.