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.
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.
As storm Deirdre passed over the coastline, five foolhardy skippers tested their skills in C rigs and managed just a handful of races before the horizontal rain set in. A mixture of calamities, including Peter and myself being hooked up and drifting to end of the lake not to mention a blown servo and last but not least a broken jib pivot cord added to the ‘enjoyment’! Congrats to Gordon as the results reflect some excellent course management and yacht maintenance.
Saturday, 19th January 2019
With quite a few regulars missing four skippers from Fleetwood made the 12pm start joined by two visitors from Scotland who must have completed at least a 500 mile round trip to come to the event. With the wind from ESE it made course setting difficult, half the length of the lake was used and a simple sausage course set. One lap was sailed for the first two races which was extended to two for the rest of the day. The wind swung around and changed strength quite often during just about every race which allowed for some tactical racing. We were joined after race five by Tony, John also put in a cameo appearance for three races. Gordon B. took the honours followed by Gordon R. who was racing his new 95 for the first time and got better as the afternoon went on. Peter was third and supplied us with a nice shiny refurbished buoy to use as the windward mark. For Bill it was a day to forget as several new boat issues plagued him all afternoon, his boat only being put together the night before. All in all a pleasant, good natured afternoons sailing with a reasonable A rig breeze, bring on the warm weather!
For our first club event of the New Year, twelve skippers turned out in what began as a flat mill pond with hardly a breath, it took forever to complete our first race on a simple up and down course using half the length of the lake. In hindsight if we had waited about three quarters of an hour or so we would have been blessed with a nice breeze from the start, as it was we struggled on through our first few races with the wind very slowly picking up, we decided a brew was our best option and to get into the warmth of the clubhouse for a while. Brew over and to our amazement not only had the wind got up, but it was enough for a sail change from A+ to A, so out we went, and after a slight course change we had some good racing for the remaining time. Eleven races were had in the day with five different skippers taking bullets, but it was Uncle Derek who came out on top, from Garry and John. So what began as looking like a non-event, turned out to be a great days racing, and we even had time at the end for Derek to go over one or two rules, regarding the start and rights of way at the marks.
Eleven skippers turned out for this the last 65 event of the
year, and had to endure light winds and rain showers all day.
A figure eight course was set of two laps, and we did eight
races before the light faded. A+ rig was the sail of choice if you had one, but
the A rig came more into play as the wind strengthened a little later on.
Garry was in dominant form taking six bullets, and two
seconds, easily putting him top of the tree, with Chris in second spot.
Thanks to Peter for RO duties.
So that’s it for this year regarding the 65, we are back in
the New Year on 5th January at 12 noon for the Winter Series 3