July 19th 2018
Shame that a feeble wind spoiled what could have been a great nights racing as ten skippers turned out for the final event of Series Two. Setting a course we thought would be adequate we started on time, but the first race took too much time because of the lack of wind, that we decided to run the remaining races over a shorter course.
We persevered and got our eight races done in the time, with Chris taking the honours for the evening, but it was John who did enough on the night to come out on Top for the Series, winning the Williams Cup.
Thanks to Peter for being RO.
We look forward now to Series Three which begins next Thurs the 26th July at 6.30pm
DF 65 Capt.
The final event of Series Two over eight races was completed for in ‘champagne’ conditions with a constant A rig breeze coming straight down the lake which lent itself to some fine tacking duals over the whole of the eleven strong fleet.
It was good to see David and Mark Rose back on the water although they enjoyed mixed results culminating in David being RO for the final four races due to rig failure.
Congratulation to John Sharman – the overall winner for this event and for the series and to David Foster a worthy series runner up!
This series was contested for by nineteen of the Squadron and you may note that only two points separated the third, fourth and fifth which reflects the highly competitive and close racing with the 95.
The first event of series 3 is next Tuesday, the 24th at 6.30pm
DF95 Club Captain
12th July 2018
Again a fine turnout of eleven skippers, battled with the A rig conditions which were forever changing and very fluky to say the least. Eight races were had over a course which was simple but quite challenging. Derek joined us for the first time this series being clear of commitments, and duly took the honours for the evening, closely followed by John. A quick mention for Walter and Bob Jones, our newest member, both are improving very quickly and had some fine results on the night.
A couple of breakdowns this week, battery problems after four races for Tony spoilt his evening, and a switch problem for John caused him to miss out a couple of races, but he got that sorted and came back to take three bullets, to keep up his challenge for the title.
Many thanks to Peter for being RO
Our final event of this series is on Thurs 19th July 6.30pm.
DF 65 Capt.
First and foremost, congratulations to Derek on becoming the DF95 National Champion and to those of the Squadron who competed so admirably over the weekend!Tonight, except for a couple of the eight races, Derek gave his boat to Bob Jones to taste the difference to his 65 and it is hoped he gets his hands on one as he soon became competitive and managed a second in the final race.Sadly Chris C is having a ‘servo attack’ yet still managed a respectable overall result and Susan S is now realising her potential and climbing the board.The WNW breeze which slowly abated, again tested our patience as it varied its strength and the ‘flicks’ were a feature of the night over a course which covered the whole of the lake and John S eventually ran out a worthy winner.The final event of this series is next Tuesday, the 17th at 6.30pmGarry BensonDF95 Club Captain
Thursday 5th July 2018
A great turnout of eleven skippers enjoyed a good nights racing which began on B rig, and later on as the wind dropped most of us changed to A.
A shifting wind made it difficult at times, with nobody enjoying taking on the dreaded mark on the far side of the lake, a few expletives were heard at times as sailors either missed the mark or were pushed off course by the shifts, but credit to all for persevering.
The first four races comprised a beat, a reach, and a run and as time was on our side we changed the course to include a beat to the finish for the remainder.
John and Eddie continued with their battle in this series, and took first and second place respectively. With two events left, thirty four points separate them.
Thanks to Peter for doing the starts and scoring on the night.
Our next DF65 event is on 12TH July 6.30pm.
DF 65 Capt.
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
A baker’s dozen of the Squadron, including the welcome return of 147 ‘the green machine – aka Eric Read’ and the addition to the fleet (Walter Audley) initially suffered the now familiar fickle summer A rig breeze but finally, in the last two of the eight races, we were treated to the best tacking races of the year as the wind filled whilst totally changing its direction.
During this eventful evening DP gave an almost faultless display whilst John S befell a servo failure and David cleared the lake of crab lines – not to mention the occasional jelly-brake!
As this was the final event prior to the Nationals at Weechers Reservoir, Keighley this weekend (7/8 July) we wish good fortune to the travelling Fleetwood 95 Squadron.
DF95 Club Captain
30th June 2018
The ‘champagne’ sailing enjoyed by nine skippers included a welcome visit from Peter Baldwin who, yet again, proved that there is no substitute for experience and therefore topped the table at the end of day.
The noon start in bright sunshine and a top of the A rig north, north easterly saw three skippers taking bullets including many a change of positions, especially during the final upwind finish.
A mention for Peter Iles who sported his B rig due to ‘damage in transit’ which highlights the necessity of keeping the rigs flat packed and assembling upon arrival!
The much welcomed noon start allowed for a lunch break and during the ten races we also had plenty of time for much needed rehydration breaks prior to a 4pm finish.
Yet again the sight of these elegant yachts on the water attracted interest from the general public and the 95 continues to be a great asset to the model yacht world.
The next Saturday Series (Event 5) is on the 8th September when I hope to see all the Squadron on the water.
DF95 Club Captain