DF Squadrons’ results week 4

First, The DF95

Tuesday 7th May

A reasonable turn out of 7 yachts arrived for the evenings sailing, it’s a big lake so there’s room for plenty more !

With the wind from the North East Derek set us a course using the 3/4 of the lake nearest the club house with a Starboard rounding of the windward mark followed by a spreader, back down the lake for a Port rounding with a beat to the finish, the first three races used this course.

The wind moved to the East and more or less straight down the lake, allowing a longer course, we had gate at the bottom of the lake just to add to the decision making. A great nights racing with a shifting wind which varied in strength but never dropped too much, there were four different winners including Derek who borrowed David’s yacht for three races, close racing was had throughout the fleet. Hopefully more of the same next week.

Next the DF65s

9th May 2019

What could be better than going radio sailing on a wet miserable and cold Thursday evening in Fleetwood. Well nine of us didn`t think there was, except for Ken who must wish he had stayed at home in the warm, as somehow he forgot to put a patch over the battery, and soon after launch for race one, saw his beloved new version six sink to the depths, ending his participation. Derek volunteered to get out the rescue boat and do the recovery job.

So after a slight delay it was left to the eight of us to get on with race night. With all of us on A rig and the wind from the East, a course had been set with a start mid lake beating up to a windward mark up by the bridge, then a run back to a couple of marks and then a beat to a finish. With the wind fluctuating all evening it became increasingly difficult to get around the windward mark, as it just became a dead spot, so RO Derek moved us up the lake and altered the course slightly to keep us away from the bridge.

The usual candidates were up for top spot with John and Garry fighting it out, but John was let down by a mast/sail failure and had to miss out three races, even so he managed a creditable second place, and a good night for Walter who was third.

So it was Garry who took the honours with consistently good sailing all night including four bullets.

Our next outing for the 65 is on Thurs 16th May 6.30pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF95 2019 Saturdays No. 1

Saturday 4th May

Yesterday we had hail and there was talk of snow today, so it was cold.

First glance at the lake and there were some flat spots due to the wind coming over the sand hills. The course was set up near the clubhouse and there were many families enjoying the day out. Six skippers all using the big rig and we just did a one lapper to get the ball rolling.

The second race we added a lap and this was where the confusion started during the race. We had broken every rule on course setting, using buoys more than once and in different directions and even the odd crossover. Some were sailing the correct course, what the course should be, or even what they thought the course was.

It didn’t help when many boats were being caught on crab lines. When you turned your back, you realised some had been casting their lines out towards the middle of the lake. ( well the first nearest buoy anyway) We couldn’t sail any further after half way as there was a fast power boat doing it’s thing, and we still had the flat spots, so had to make do with what we had.

Rounding the buoys the wrong way or missing out marks continued for a while up until coffee break, race six. The wind direction was fluctuating.

Then the simplified course was adopted. Only 4 marks to be used. Start line, Port, Starboard, starboard, Port and Finish. and only one lap.It went much better, we are all still learning.

The wind swung lakewise during the break, it got up and also all fishers of men had gone home, because it was now feeling a lot colder. Most Skippers doubled back into the clubhouse and dropped down to ‘B’ rig.

Chris had been doing well during the afternoon with only dropping the odd win to the other guys. The wind continued to strengthen with gusts and after a few more races ‘C’ rigs became the norm.. Thirteen races in total and we finished just before 5 pm. It had been a long challenging afternoon, very sailable and rules had been adhered to.

Tony Wilson


DF65 2019 series 1 Event 3

2nd May 2019

A brilliant night of sailing was had by the ten skippers who turned out, in what were near perfect conditions for a change.

Our RO Derek got us underway at 6.30 pm prompt, setting a sausage shape course and with all the fleet on A rig. With respect being shown on the start line, all the ten races we got in got away cleanly and with no recalls.

Most of the races were quite tight and competitive, and with five different skippers taking at least one bullet, it was always going to go down to the last race before the winner was confirmed.

Chris managed to get through the last race unscathed and took a win, so he was the confirmed winner on the night, from Eric in second.

A disappointing evening for the Rose Family as their boats played up all night with differing problems, but Mark managed to get on the water with his Dads boat for a few races and took a couple of bullets.

So a great night on the whole, and we hope for much of the same next time out, which is on Thurs 9th May  6.30pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF95 2019 series 1 Event 3

30th April 2019

A disappointing turnout of only four skippers for this the third event in the series, in what can only be described as a still evening with very little wind, on the good side it kept fine with no rain.

We started off with a one lap figure eight course at the clubhouse end of the lake, which worked to a point but became increasingly difficult as time went by, so RO Derek moved us up the lake where there seemed to be a little more breeze, and reset a triangular course for us to take on. And we just managed to get our eight races in before it became a still calm, shame because we still had good light.

Eric with five bullets performed consistently all evening and was a worthy winner on the night.

Thanks to Derek for keeping an eye on proceedings and doing the scoring.

Our next DF95 event is on Saturday 4th May 1pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 2019 series 1 Event 2

25th April 2019

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 get cracking.

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.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF95 2019 series 1 Event 2

23rd April 2019

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

DF65 2019 series 1 Event 1

19th April 2019

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 left us.

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.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.