DF65 Autumn/Winter Saturday Series 3

3rd March 2018

Well the Beast from the East abated and left us with a sunny at times, A-Rig breeze, a little cold on the fingers, but dry, and quite a pleasant day, definitely one of the better ones we have had in this series, so for those who didn’t turn out you missed a great days sailing.

A one and a half lap triangular course was set for the eight skippers, and made good time, getting in five unhurried races before a break for lunch, and another seven in the next session before calling it a day.

Garry took the honours this time out with four bullets and three seconds, with Flying Tony in second.

Thanks once again to Peter J for doing the scoring duties.

So that brings to the end our Autumn/Winter series combined, and I can report no days were lost due to bad weather, although we sure had some atrocious days, so credit must go to all skippers who turned out in those conditions.

The final league table shows Tim well ahead of the competing field, with John second and Garry third,

Congratulations to all.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Captain

DF95 Winter Series 2018 Event 2

 Saturday 17th February 2018
For those of the Squadron who could not race today, well they missed out on some ‘Champagne Sailing’ in blessed A rig conditions!
Eight skippers were set an excellent Olympic course by Chris C over two laps which saw four of us all taking bullets during close racing throughout the fleet.
It was pleasing to welcome Richard Clarke to the fleet and the day belonged to Dave Burke who sailed consistently well throughout the day.
As per the norm, many thanks to Peter Jackson being RO for the day.
The next club racing is on Saturday 17th March, 12 noon.
Garry Benson
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain


DF65 Winter Series 2

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.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Club Captain

DF95 Winter Series 2018 Event 1

 Saturday 20th January 2018
For many and various reasons a much depleted 95 Squadron braved the inclement weather and completed just six races over a testing course kindly set by Derek.
John Plant steered 67 to a well deserved overall victory with Michael Benson and Bob Jolly also taking some bullets. It was also good to see Russell back on the water and enjoying some good results.
Sadly, yours truly suffered an electrical failure which on a positive is better now than at the upcoming Travellers Series at Southport on the 3rd and 4th of February.
As per the norm, many thanks to Peter Jackson being RO for the day.
The next club racing is on Saturday17th February, 12 noon.
Garry Benson
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain


DF65 Winter Series 1

DF 65 Autumn/Winter Series 1

Jan 6th 2018

What a delight to have B rig conditions on a rain free day for a change, as that was what greeted us on arrival at the lake, for this the first event of the New Year. Although it was spoilt for some with breakdowns, namely: – Garry-rudder failure late on, Mike-winch failure late on, and Ken’s winch which failed prior to us getting under way, so he took out the club boat, but that let him down later on with a faulty switch.

For the rest of us, it was a day of great racing and some close finishes, on a triangular course which was set. We completed 10 races at a leisurely pace, and decided that was enough as the temperature really dropped late in the day.

Tony appeared just after the lunch break to take a few photos, and was persuaded to join in for a few races, taking over Bob’s boat, he actually won the final race of the day, so hopefully he has the bug again for the 65, and will become a regular on Saturdays.

On the whole, the new format for Saturdays, was a great success, and should work well for the Dragons, with the 95 up next on 20th Jan.

Tim was once again top of the tree with 5 bullets and 3 seconds in the day, followed by Uncle Derek and Chris.

Thanks goes to Peter for doing the scoring duties.

And a special mention to Garry for contributing B rig, sail bag and servos for the club boat.

Bob Jolly

65 Class Captain

DF Fleet Autumn Series 4

DF95  Autumn Series 2017
Event 4   Saturday 16th December 2017
Well, the skies cleared as forecasts and the winter sunshine was a delight.
We even managed eight races including a ‘Who can drift the quickest?’
 Then, low and behold the breeze arrived and went but not before the remaining seven races saw three skippers taking bullets.
 As you will see, Eric took the honours with David a worthy runner up
 Yet again we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO.
 The next event is Saturday 20th January at 12 noon and this will be ALL AFTERNOON as we are running separate Saturday race days and alternating with the 65s.
Season’s Greetings to you all and, as always, I will be blessed to see you on the water in the New Year.
Garry Benson
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain
And some piccies courtesy of Anna McKone.


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.

Bob Jolly

65 Fleet Capt.

DF Fleet Autumn Series 3

DF65 Autumn Series 3

2nd Dec 2017

Zero wind and showers greeted us as we arrived at the lake, and as thirteen skippers including two guests had turned out, one felt sorry for those who had travelled a distance to join us, so we waited, and waited some more, till finally a very light breeze appeared and we all rushed to the side of the lake, and quickly a simple course was laid, and boats were on the water ready for the off.

Difficult at first with just a drift, and patience was tested to the full, as most were going nowhere fast. As time went by conditions improved gradually, and we managed to get some acceptable racing in, and by the end of the allotted time we had managed five races, with Tim taking the honours once again in this the third in the series.

Thanks goes to Peter for doing the scoring duties.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Class Captain

DF95 Autumn Series 3

Today we welcomed David Burke and Anna Mckone to the Squadron and you will note from the results table that there is no substitute for experience as David took the honours including three bullets! Derek P, who set the course in a frustratingly fickle light breeze, again shared his boat with John Plant and even with a short course we still managed only five races before the dark ensued.

On the positive side a major benefit was the absence of jellyfish and hopefully, with due diligence, this is the last reference to the havoc they can cause.
As ever, we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO duties whilst braving the elements.

Event 4 is Saturday 16th December at 12 noon

See you on the water.

Garry Benson
DF95 Class Captain