10th Nov 2018
The first event in our Winter Series saw nine skippers turning out, in what was mainly a dry day with a few light showers, and a light breeze, so it was A rigs all round. A figure eight course was set with two laps per race, fourteen were had in the time before the light faded.
It wasn`t until the fifth race before the full complement of skippers were all in the same race, due to breakdowns of one sort or another. Gordon was in good form taking eight bullets in the day and took the honours from Chris and David.
It was good to welcome Mike back after a short absence and he fared well finishing mid table, even with having problems with his winch. For Eric it was a day to forget as his new Kawasaki green boat was reluctant to play most of the time.
Our next DF 95 outing is on Saturday the 15th December at 12 noon.
20th October 2018
A good turnout of twelve skippers made it a great start for the first event in our Winter Series. A fine dry day for a change with a light breeze, was an ideal opportunity for those who had them to try out the A+ rig, now allowed in events at the club. Only Garry and Bob out of the twelve so far had acquired the sail, and the difference in performance was reflected in the results, with Garry taking nine bullets out of the eleven raced. John P as usual was well placed using the stock A sail, with Bob close behind.
We completed eleven races at a leisurely pace with a break in-between for a brew. On what was akin to a pentagon shape course of two laps, changing the start line a few times for the wind change.
All got through the day without major failures, except for Ken with winch problems in his second race, this put him out for the day, and was the last thing he needed having already arrived a little late due to a start time mix up, but he kindly stayed on and recorded the finishes for us.
Our next DF 65 event in the Series is on December 1st at 12 noon
DF 65 Capt.
29th September 2018
In ideal autumnal B rig conditions the majority of the Squadron were otherwise absent including DP representing the club at the IOM ranking.
Nevertheless six skippers enjoyed ten competitive races including with breaks for tuning and refreshments.
Tony W missed the first couple of races and admirably managed (including a 3rd) with his A rig. I am sure we will soon be seeing him sporting his new B.
The first one lapper saw David F taking the bullet and the remaining two lappers, over an excellent tacking course, proved to be fruitful for yours truly with DF in hot pursuit.
As you will see from the results sixteen of the Squadron raced on a Saturday and we also welcomed a couple of guest appearances with Tim Lanigan being the overall winner.
The next 95 racing is the first of the winter series on Saturday, November 10th when we will be starting at 12 NOON to allow for the available daylight hours.
DF95 Club Captain
15th September 2018
It was all about the minor places as John continued his good form this Series to take the title in this the final event of our Saturday Series.
Ten skippers turned out for our new start time of 1pm, and with a light unpredictable shifting wind, A rig was the sail of choice. A figure eight course was set and twelve races were had in the time.
Garry sailed well and took three bullets finishing in second place, but it was John who out performed us all by taking seven firsts and five seconds.
Only one breakdown of note this week, Bob Jones a servo replacement caused him to miss the first three races.
Thanks to Peter for RO.
We now move on to our Winter Series which starts on Saturday October 20th at 1pm.
DF 65 Capt.
8th September 2018
Weather awful, non stop rain for most part, delayed start, great wind
straight down the lake.
Two lap triangular course
Should have been C rig to start, but Peter and Eric only had B, Eric’s
rig was broken so he had to rebuild that, so we had an early lunch and
ventured out as the rain eased, Bob started on C rig the others on B.
Peter broke down behind the start line first race (rudder servo) joined
us again in the third race.
The wind eased and Bob changed to B in third race, race 6 and we changed
to A as it eased again, tenth race Eric’s rudder servo went this time, so
we called it a day.
Report kindly provided by Bob Jolly.
The next Saturday event is on the 29th September at 10am and as we have now finished the evening events it would be really good to see more of the Squadron on the water!
Tuesday 4th September 2018
On final event of the evening series Mother Nature proved to be a cruel mistress as eleven of the Squadron were ‘blessed’ with a most frustrating breeze which fluctuated not only in strength but also in direction and the results were a reflection of the shifts.
In preparation for the Marblehead Nationals DP did not frustrate himself with the customary eight races and yours truly had to switch to a spare hull due to rudder servo failure – oh joy.
It was good to see Anna back amongst the fleet fresh from her ‘wet sailing’ successes.
Congrats to Chris C on an excellent demonstration of ‘shifty’ sailing and to Shaun H for his overall victory for the series which was competed for by 19 of the Squadron.
DF 95 Captain
6th September 2018
What a joy to see thirteen dragons out on the water for this the final evening meeting of the year. C rig was the sail of choice for the majority of the fleet with a couple opting for the B.
A figure eight course was set as we got away at the new time of 6pm. Difficult conditions didn`t stop Derek, John and Chris leading the way as usual, but it was Derek who was unbeatable taking seven bullets and finishing ahead of John who was second by seven points.
Overall a good nights sailing in tough conditions was had by all, although there were a couple of breakdowns in the evening which were quickly remedied, and the boats were soon back on the water.
So that brings us to the end of Series 3, with John taking the title with maximum points, congratulations to him, and thanks to all for turning out over the summer evenings to make the Series such a success.
My thanks goes to Peter J for being race officer over the series, it really is a big help, allowing me to sail rather than worry about who’s over the line at the start etc.
We look forward now to the Winter Series, so get your coats, gloves and wet weather gear at the ready, it will be upon us soon. Doris is already charged and raring to go.
DF 65 Capt.
Here is the final result for the series
Wouldn’t it be great to see all 18 skippers on the water at the same time! (Editor’s comment)