2019 DF95 Saturday series Event 4

24th August 2019

Amazing weather brought the crowds out crabbing, and with the little wind there was coming from the worst direction for us, it made for an awkward start line, not ideal, but better than trying to negotiate bodies at the bridge end, but hey it`s the same for everyone, as they say.

Five of us set out to tackle a sausage shape course of two laps per race, and ten races were had, before we called it a day for lack of wind.

Some got lucky with port starts, some got lucky with a shift at just the right time, but some of us didn`t get lucky, getting caught in crab lines, or being taken out by a six meter, or breaking down midway through, but hey it could have happened to anyone, as they say, yeah maybe, but a six meter, that’s when you know it’s not your day.

So it was a bit of a mixed bag for most, unlike Peter who sailed consistently well taking, six bullets in his score and taking top spot, with Eric second.

We are back on the water with the 95 to do it all again, on Tuesday 27th Aug at 6.30pm.

Bob Jolly

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 5

22nd August 2019

As on Tuesday conditions were overcast with rain in the air, but thankfully it kept off, the wind was a healthy 21mph coming mainly from the west, and gusting to 36mph at its worst from all directions, making it a very challenging nights sailing.

A triangular course was set to start and then changed to more of a sausage to allow us to get in our eight races in the time. The majority of the ten skippers who set out chose the C rig whilst the odd few who hadn`t come with it had the B on, and one skipper Harry started with the famous D out of Eddies sail bag.

With John and Mark challenging for first in most races, it was always going to be between those two who took the honours, with John on C and Mark on B, it was interesting to see little advantages each one had here and there, and how best they used them. In the end it was Mark who came out on top by a point over John.

So a difficult nights sailing, but all good for the experience, not so for Darren who was a casualty on the night suffering electrical problems, causing him to sit out the second half of the event.

Next outing for the 65 is on Thursday 29th August 6.30pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

Six Metre Open

Following the success of the first ever Six Metre open meeting in April the Six Metre section is holding another open meeting on Sunday 25th August.
We have already had a very good response to this event and would welcome further entries from any six metre owners who would like to get on the water and race in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. With the Nationals coming up in early September this represents a great opportunity for a shakedown and sharpening your skills at a great venue for larger yachts. 
I also have a six metre that is available for loan at the event if someone wants to have a go!

Entry can be made via the MYA entry system or directly via email to Shaun Holbeche (see NOR). The Notice of Race is below.
Shaun Holbeche

DF95 2019 Series 3 Event 5

20th August 2019

An overcast evening with rain threatening, and a light breeze down the lake, were the conditions the five skippers who turned out had to deal with.

A triangular course of two laps per race was set and eight races were had in the time. With the wind that there was changing direction and dropping as the night went on, a slight course change was needed for the last race.

Derek was on hand to help with RO duties, and keep his hand in by taking the helm of the odd boat.

Chris as in recent weeks was once again on song, and with his consistent sailing took top spot. Unusual to see John have an off night, leaving Bob to take second place with some fine results.

The next outing for the 95 is on Saturday 24th Aug 1pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 4

15th August 2019

A sunny evening, a good strong blow down the lake, and twelve boats on the line for the fourth event of the series.

Most sailors set out B sail to start, but soon changed to A, as the wind soon dropped after we had begun. A triangular course to begin with was set, and then changed to a sausage shape as the wind shifted a little. Eight races were had in the time.

Mark sailed consistently all event, taking three bullets and three seconds counting for his score, and easily took the honours, with Eric just edging out Ken for second place.

Some good close sailing was had, and it was good to see the remaining bullets being shared around.

Thanks to Derek for running the start line and scoring.

Our next outing for the 65 is on 22nd August 6.30pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF95 2019 Series 3 Event 4

13th Aug 2019

A pleasant nights sailing was had by the six skippers who turned out for the fourth event of the series, with the sun shining and a good blow straight down the lake, a triangular course of two laps per race was set, and eight races were had in the time.

Chris was on excellent form and took all eight bullets after boat averages were taken into account.

John once again was the victim of servo problems, which seems to have plagued him in recent weeks, and put an end to his challenge midway through proceedings

Thanks to Derek who was on hand to do the starting and scoring, and he also borrowed the odd boat to show us how it can be done.

Next up for the 95 is on Tuesday the 20th Aug, 6.30pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 3

8th August 2019

A bright sunny evening greeted the eleven sailors who turned out, in what were very calm conditions, and A+ was the sail of choice.

We set out with a triangular shaped course, and after a couple of races tinkered with it to make it a little bit more interesting, and eight races were had in the time.

John’s night was spoilt with a winch problem half way through, and that left the rest of us to fight it out for second spot, as Garry was once again on song, and took the honours with four bullets in his tally.

With only three points separating 2nd to 5th place, shows that the runner up spot could have gone either way, and it all depended on the finishes in the last race. Eric took the win with Bob second and Steve third, that extra point for Bob over Steve was just enough.

So even though we didn`t have the best conditions for sailing, we made the best of it, and overall I think we had some very good racing.

Our next outing for the 65 is on 15th August 6.30pm.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF95 2019 Series 3 Event 3

Tuesday, 6th August 2019

A glance at the results table is a reflection of the less than friendly conditions which greeted seven skippers with just three left on the water by the end of the customary eight races.

Initially the fleet was split between B rig and C rig which proved successful for Derek (sailing Chris Haworth’s new yacht) with yours truly and Chris C with the B rig.

A break for a change of rig to Cs proved to be the right choice although Chris persevered with his B rig and Walter had no choice as a C rig is now on his shopping list. Yours truly suffered a mast stub breakage and continued with the RO duties and a blast with Bob’s.

The breakages continued, including winch failure for Walter. On the positive side Bob J’s yacht was  flying and even allow for John Plant and myself creating an average score of two, he was still a clear winner as the yacht took five firsts with Bob doing three of them.

All credit to the fleet that were not blessed with what can only be said as a difficult howler of a gusting wind in the worst possible direction.

Garry Benson

Yachting Section Secretary

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 1

25th July 2019

The thunder and lightning passed through, just in time for the start of the first event in the series. Obviously some had seen the forecast, and had been put off by the rain we experienced in the late afternoon, as only six skippers turned out.

With a light breeze of about 6mph and quite humid, we set out on the A+ sail, to tackle a sausage shape course. After four races the wind had picked up a little, and time was given to change to the A for those that wished.

Eric struggled most of the event with intermittent electrical problems but soldiered on, Ian finished early with sore knees, and Tim called time because of the cold, he was seen leaving with his coat on, that left three and a half of us to carry on playing. There were no such problems for Garry, who persisted all night with the A+ and mastered it to a tee, taking seven bullets from the eight raced.

John for once had an off night, and Bob just edged him out taking second spot by a point.

Many thanks to Darren for doing the scoring.

Our next outing for the 65 is on 8th August 6.30 pm start, as next week’s event is cancelled, due to the National Championships taking place.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF95 2019 Series 3 Event 1

23rd July   2019

On the hottest and most humid night of this year, five core skippers enjoyed eight races in fickle A rig conditions which at times became a drifting session only to be followed, within minutes, by a filling breeze!

As ever, many thanks to Derek who set a challenging course with varied start line amendments when required.

As you will gather from the results, John S proved his class and allowing for the ‘average score’ when Derek was successful and a wrong course instruction (via yours truly), he managed a clean sweep.

Next week the DF95 club racing is CANCELLED – but for those skippers who let their boats be used for team racing there is FREE fish and chips on offer.

Garry B