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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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,
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
Our next outing for the 65 is on 15th August
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
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.
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.
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.
Yachting Section Secretary
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
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.
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.