A wonderful turnout of thirteen skippers for the second
event of our evening series, which was delayed slightly. As we were about to
get underway a heavy downpour with thunder and lightning came through, and had
us dashing to the clubhouse for cover, it soon passed and we were out again
only to find the wind had dropped considerably, but there was enough for us to
A figure eight course had been set with a start across the
end of the lake by the bridge, then a run to mid lake and across and back
again. Garry was on song once again taking the first five races and it was
clear he was going to be the winner on the night with his consistency.
As darkness drew in we just managed to get our customary
eight races in for two discards to count, much needed for a few, as some had
terrible starts getting used to the conditions, and there was the odd breakdown
here and there.
Many thanks to Derek for being RO and doing the scoring.
Hi Chaps 8 boats turned up for the second round of the series. A good A Rig breeze faced the skippers and some good competitive sailing was experienced. The winner on the evening was Chris Chatfield taking the honours in a fiercely fought contest from Mark Rose. Thanks to Derek for scoring throughout the race. David
Well what a great start to the first of our evening series
of the year with thirteen skippers turning out. With the wind from the East and
all of us on A rigs we set about taking on a simple up and down course with a
reach at each end to spread the fleet. The earlier start of 6pm seemed to be
the right choice, as we just managed to get our eight races in before the light
Derek took the first two races and he looked like the man to
beat, but he gave us all a chance after lending his boat to an interested guest
to have a go after race three. John set off well after missing the first race,
but sadly a breakdown later on put paid to any chance of him pushing for a top
spot, but it was, Chris, Steve, Ken and Bob Jones fighting it out for the
honours, and it couldn`t have been closer, with only two points separating the
top four. Chris and Bob shared first on nineteen points respectively, but Chris
got it on count back, with Steve just edging out Ken for third.
A great race night was had by all, so for those of you who
missed out we are doing it all again next week, with event two on 25th
April 6.30pm start, come on down and enjoy the fun.
Tonight was the first evening outing for the DF95s in 2019. Eight skippers arrived at the ready all dressed in A rigs at the amended time of 18:00, just in case an overcast sky turned the lights down early. A continued breeze from the East had us set a course from the midway mark of the lake and we had two laps of ideal beating up the lake and to finish a short way up. The shifty winds were just as you made your way past the boathouse. A short somewhat cramped start line, but we just made use of the marks that were already there and the plan was to squeeze in eight races before the light faded. Mark Rose won the first race with Shaun Holbeche close on his heels all the way round. Walter Audley won the next one and surprised himself, trying to convince us that he’d never won a race before. Then modestly downplaying his victory, reckoned it was because a couple of boats were tied up in front that enabled him to pass. Shaun later won a race, but Mark had been on top form. There was some good racing and it was close at the pointy end. David R. had some winch line issues but otherwise like the rest enjoyed the evening. Five races had and we decided for a shortened course by a lap to speed up the deadline. We did this a couple of times and then went for a final two lapper again to finish on a good race. Tony won the last one, making four individual skippers to win races. The top two places had been very close and competitive giving Mark the win and Shaun for second honours. 1 Mark Rose, 2 Shaun Holbeche3, Tony Wilson Tony W. Temporary DF95 Captain I have also been asked to remind DF95 skippers of the upcoming Open dual event for DF95 / DF65 on Easter Monday. You can sail either or both as they will be sailed alternately.
The first event of our Saturday Series saw a great turnout
of thirteen skippers, sadly there was little wind to begin with, and the A+
sail was the choice if you owned one. With what wind there was coming from the North
meant we had to have a short beat across the end of the lake to start, to a
difficult windward mark partly sheltered by the sand dunes, but once round that
we were then away up the lake in better air.
As the afternoon progressed the wind picked up and it became
a little easier to round, and with a slight course change here and there as
conditions changed we were able to have some good racing, and a total of nine
races were had.
It turned out to be a very close fight for the honours as Chris, John and Sue were only separated by a single point in the end, but it was Sue who took top spot from Chris, and with four bullets in her score was a well-deserved winner. Our next outing for the 65 is the start of our evening meetings on Thursday 18th April at 6.00 pm not 6.30pm as in the booklet! (because sunset is 8.18pm)
Nine skippers turned up for the last in Winter series No 5. Probably ideal conditions if you don’t like being blown away and all races were taken in A rig. Again we welcomed a couple of friendly visitors from north of the border Bill Lees and Gordon Rae. The first six races were more or less the full length of the lake up to a lonely little mark bang in the middle at the very top. Run down and a short beat to a finish at the second bench. After a tea break our boat man Peter made us a gate at the bottom end and we decided the change was for two half length lake races for a change. The wind put a northerly slant in so we then did away with the gate and the new brightly flourescent lime green buoy became the leeward mark while keeping to the half lake option. Gordon Bayliffe had rudder problems for the last three races which probably dropped him a couple of places on the finish order. John Sharman won the day having half of the wins to himself. The remaining six races were divided among Peter, Gordon B. and Gordon R. The next Saturday series starts at the slightly later time of 1pm.
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.