DF 65 Winter Series 1

20th October 2018
A good turnout of twelve skippers made it a great start for the first event in our Winter Series. A fine dry day for a change with a light breeze, was an ideal opportunity for those who had them to try out the A+ rig, now allowed in events at the club. Only Garry and Bob out of the twelve so far had acquired the sail, and the difference in performance was reflected in the results, with Garry taking nine bullets out of the eleven raced. John P as usual was well placed using the stock A sail, with Bob close behind.
We completed eleven races at a leisurely pace with a break in-between for a brew. On what was akin to a pentagon shape course of two laps, changing the start line a few times for the wind change.
All got through the day without major failures, except for Ken with winch problems in his second race, this put him out for the day, and was the last thing he needed having already arrived a little late due to a start time mix up, but he kindly stayed on and recorded the finishes for us.
Our next DF 65 event in the Series is on December 1st at 12 noon
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.

DF65 Saturday Series 2018 Event 6

15th September 2018
It was all about the minor places as John continued his good form this Series to take the title in this the final event of our Saturday Series.
Ten skippers turned out for our new start time of 1pm, and with a light unpredictable shifting wind, A rig was the sail of choice. A figure eight course was set and twelve races were had in the time.
Garry sailed well and took three bullets finishing in second place, but it was John who out performed us all by taking seven firsts and five seconds.
Only one breakdown of note this week, Bob Jones a servo replacement caused him to miss the first three races.
Thanks to Peter for RO.
We now move on to our Winter Series which starts on Saturday October 20th at 1pm.
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.

DF65 Series 3 Event 7

6th September 2018
What a joy to see thirteen dragons out on the water for this the final evening meeting of the year. C rig was the sail of choice for the majority of the fleet with a couple opting for the B.
A figure eight course was set as we got away at the new time of 6pm. Difficult conditions didn`t stop Derek, John and Chris leading the way as usual, but it was Derek who was unbeatable taking seven bullets and finishing ahead of John who was second by seven points.
Overall a good nights sailing in tough conditions was had by all, although there were a couple of breakdowns in the evening which were quickly remedied, and the boats were soon back on the water.
So that brings us to the end of Series 3, with John taking the title with maximum points, congratulations to him, and thanks to all for turning out over the summer evenings to make the Series such a success.
My thanks goes to Peter J for being race officer over the series, it really is a big help, allowing me to sail rather than worry about who’s over the line at the start etc.
We look forward now to the Winter Series, so get your coats, gloves and wet weather gear at the ready, it will be upon us soon. Doris is already charged and raring to go.
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.

Here is the final result for the series

Wouldn’t it be great to see all 18 skippers on the water at the same time! (Editor’s comment)


DF65 Series 3 Event 6

30th August 2018
The good news was, there were no jelly fish in sight, and no weed, but the bad news was, sadly very little wind for the penultimate event of series three.
Once a start line had been decided upon, as what little wind there was, was shifting all the time as it came and went. Eleven skippers set out to try their luck on a figure eight course, mainly one lappers with a couple of two lap races before darkness fell.
We made the best of what there was, and it was good to see four different skippers taking bullets from the eight races, but it was John once again who edged it with three from the eight and four seconds. Ken too was in good form taking three bullets also, and finishing close behind in second spot.
So with John doing enough to clinch the Series with one event to go, it will be interesting to see who turns out next week to fight over the minor placings.
Thanks to Peter for Race Officer Duties on the night.
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.


DF65 Series 3 Event 5

23rd August 2018
Well for the second week running we had to endure C rig weather, in what was just about sailable conditions with big waves and a heavy blow.
A few of the skippers for the National IOM Championship had arrived early for the event, and must have wondered what they were in store for over the weekend.
Seven Dragon skippers turned out, and with the wind blowing straight down the lake a simple rectangular course was set, using about half the lake.
That man John was again in top form taking top spot with five bullets, over Eddie and Ken who were not far behind. Incredibly we had no major breakdowns and credit goes to all for sticking with it, in what were very difficult conditions.
Thanks to Peter for being RO.
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.

DF65 Series 3 Event 4

16th August 2018
C rig conditions greeted us as we arrived at the lake for this the fourth event in the series, and we all prepared for a real challenge. Eight skippers set out, and it was good to see Garry back with us after a short layoff due to other commitments. Eight races were had in the evening, but the weather got the better of some, and shortened their nights sailing with breakdowns.
John again was in unstoppable form taking seven bullets and finishing top, with Chris in second spot by one point from Garry.
Many thanks to Peter for being Race Officer.
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.

DF65 Series 3 Event 3

9th August 2018

Well we got perfect conditions for a great nights sailing with wind straight up the lake, and A rig verging on B. Thirteen skippers turned out and a long sausage course was set using most of the length of the lake. Eight races were completed in our allotted time and it was a joy to see so many boats on the water for this the third event in the series.
John was once again on form and dominated with seven bullets and a second, the fight for second place was a tighter affair with Eddie just pipping Bob by a point.
We hope for more of the same conditions when we next meet, for the fourth event in the series on Thurs 16th August at 6.30pm.
Many Thanks to Peter for RO.
Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.