Sunday 30th June
weather for this event was pretty much perfect, warm all day with a
Westerly breeze at the top end of no.2 rig for most of the yachts. The
wind was both gusty and shifting which allowed for some close tactical
racing, these boats proved again a joy to sail in these conditions.
course was set using three quarters of the lake to avoid the worst of
the chop at the club house end, the racing being held over two laps, all
twelve races being held over the same course apart from constant
adjustment of the start line ( even during the countdown due to big
Races were held at a leisurely rate to allow tuning and minor repairs in
between ensuring all yachts started every race. Tuning and rigging tips
being offered by the more experienced skippers and great fully received
by the rest of us.
Jolly took the helm of Mike Benson’s yacht for several races and thanks
to them both for carrying out RO duties when not sailing.
took the win but didn’t have it all his own way, there were certainly
some close quarters battling between John and himself. At the first
windward mark we were often still together as a fleet.
practice events are Wednesday 2nd July and Wednesday 14th August both
at 18:30. Next IOM club racing is Sunday 1st September at 10:00.
Saturday 29th June
With an iffy forecast although to remain dry, 9 Skippers met up for the Saturday’s afternoon series.It’s not too bad as you can still go out shopping in the morning, if that’s your thing.
first couple of races were a bit unsure as the wind hadn’t quite made
up it’s mind to where it was going to settle and one race was even
abandoned due to a great wind shift. Derek had been shuffling the start
line and order of buoys to be taken on each race.
at about race four the cast was set and a triangle followed by a
sausage course was sailed from just outside the clubhouse. John Sharman
was to be troop leader as he was off to a sprint start on nearly every
race, leaving the rest to just get in each others way.
kindly alternated among struggling crew to help trim and get the best
from their boat. When you see that it doesn’t matter which boat he’s
been sailing, you then know your success is down to your interpretation
of how you sail it.
After about five races a
welcome coffee break was called. The wind further increased and the
sailing got better. John S. continued in his conquest to better his
score and also helped struggling skippers to trim their boats just like
We finished sailing at 4pm just as the wind got up even more and looked like threatening the use of a smaller sail.
had the perfect score of 8 points from the ten races sailed. Bob J.
came second and Eric A. in third place. The next in the Saturday series
is for the smaller Df 65 in July and then back on to the DF95 in August.
27th June 2019
A beautiful sunny evening for the twelve skippers that
turned out. With a strongish gusting wind coming from the East, the majority
set out on B rig, to tackle a sausage shape course of nine races.
Wind conditions were ever changing, and with the gusts
coming and going, sometimes it was more of an advantage for those who were on
the A rather than the B, either way it was a challenging nights racing and all
good for the experience.
With five different skippers taking bullets on the night it
shows that it wasn`t all one way traffic, and it was good to see many getting
good results, and pushing the more experienced skippers like Chris, who with
his tally of thirteen points including three wins earned him top spot on the
Newcomer James had some sort of problem with a leak, and
that spoiled his nights sailing, being only able to compete in four of the
races, and unfortunately for Eric a receiver problem cost him a couple of races
and possibly a higher place finish.
So another great nights sailing, and a good turnout, and we
hope for much of the same next Thursday the 4th July 6.30pm, when we
are back on the water with the 65.
DF 65 Capt.
25th June 2019
A disappointing turnout of only four skippers enjoyed a good
With Derek on hand for race tips and tuning, and with a nice
blow from the East, ten races were had around a sausage shaped course. Race
wins were spread around and all had some joy in an ever shifting wind.
Boats were being borrowed and tuned by Derek and an average
score for that skipper was recorded. So not too serious on the night, and with
the wind shifting, tactics on getting to the windward mark were all important.
As you can see by the results we had a clear winner in Mike,
with the rest of us bunched together on the same points, so very close overall,
and good that everybody enjoyed some success.
So for those that didn`t make it this time out, we hope to
see you on Saturday 29th when we are on the water again at 1pm.
Sunday 23rd June
Eleven Skippers enjoyed a good day sailing with a fresh wind coming from the bridge end of the lake. The course set was central lake thus avoiding the ends, especially the club sheltered area to save any unwanted headaches. Three main buoys were used all taken to port for two laps with a line set at about 45 degrees as the wind was coming from the club house.
Shaun and Derek set the standard and were the main contenders for the day. These two remained for most part of the day with ‘B’ rig, while the majority were swapping back and forth and mainly sticking with their C sail to keep better control.
Derek left us just before lunch for a hand full of races, while Darren was baby sitting his boat and didn’t actually do too bad even getting a worthy third on one race. He returned after lunch to continue leading the troops.
Shaun eventually clinched the day with Derek in second and John P. in third.12 races sailed and some good battles with places changing all the time among the fleet.
1 Shaun Holbeche 14 pts
2 Derek Priestley 24 pts
3 John Plant 40 pts
20th June 2019
Eleven skippers turned out, for what was, a wonderful nights
sailing, Dry, sunny, with about a 20mph blow, straight down the lake, champagne
B rigs all round, as we set off to tackle a figure eight
type course, six single laps, and a couple of two lappers, were had in the
There were some pretty close finishes, but John with his sailing
nous, always managing to get over the line first, and won the night comfortably
taking six bullets. Walter with some consistent sailing came a well-deserved
Minor breakdowns for a couple of skippers cost them a few
races, but on the whole it was a good night for sailing, and an enjoyable time
was had by all.
We hope for some of the same next time out, which is on Thurs
27th June 6.30pm.
DF 65 Capt.
18th June 2019
Just a short report this week on the outcome of event 3 in
Good news was it stayed dry, bad news was there was very
little wind, diminishing all the time causing us to cut short the evening after
5 skippers turned out to tackle a triangular course that was
set. At a mostly less than a pedestrian pace, Chris mastered the conditions the
better and took all 7 bullets, for the rest of us it was a bit of a struggle.
We hope for better conditions and a better turnout next time