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

2019 DF65 Saturday series Event 4

20th July 2019

Luckily the early morning rain had passed through for the six skippers who turned out for our Saturday event. The wind was fairly strong and it was C rigs all round. A long figure eight course was set, and it was a real test on tacking ability in the very blustery conditions.

With John and Garry present, it was always going to be a battle between those two, on who was going to do better on the day. It was very close as usual between the two, with only one point separating them in the end, in Garry’s favour.

Walter had a decent day sailing consistently, and took third place respectively.

Darren was having a good day with some fine results, but unluckily had power failure mid-way through, and that put an end to his participation. Diagnosis, leaking boat, water on electrics. So he has until next Thursday the 25th 6.30pm, when we are back on the water again with the 65, to get his boat back in order.

So an enjoyable, fun, but very tough days sailing was had, and eight races were done with plenty of walking. The strong wind stayed with us all afternoon, so we agreed eight was enough for us all.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF95 2019 Series 2 Event 7

Tuesday, 16 July 1019

In near perfect ‘blessed’ A rig conditions the core fleet were pleased to have John and Susan Sharman to swell the fleet.

The westerly breeze provided a challenging course kindly set by Derek who, as usual performed the RO duties and along with John Taylor took the helm and as the norm showed us the way!

A word for Susan S:  whose result belies the unnecessary penalty turns and over staying at the beat marker whilst at the head of the fleet.

So, as per the norm, consistent finishes prove rewarding and Chris (yet again) is the man to beat although if not for a faulty sail winch John may well have reversed the order.

On the whole an excellent night to be on the water and for those who could not make it there is another opportunity next week when we have event one of the third series.

Gordon B

DF65 2019 series 2 Event 7

18th July 2019

The last event in the series saw an excellent turnout of thirteen boats on the water. With about a 17mph wind, a sausage shape course was set to start, and as the wind fluctuated and changed a little, the course was altered several times as we progressed, to enable us to get our customary eight races in.

With Garry and John equal on points for the series going into this event, all eyes were on who would come out on top on the night.

John with four bullets and two seconds counting, was enough for him to take the honours for the event, and also the series.

For the rest of us there was some good racing going on, and a lot depended on how quickly you could get on port tack from the start, and get across the starboard boats, as it was an advantage, and went a long way as to where you finished in the race.

So that brings us to the end of this series, but no rest, as we are back at it again next week with the start of a new series.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.