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.

DF65 2019 series 2 Event 6

11th July 2019

Once again a wonderful turnout of thirteen skippers for this the sixth event of the series.

A healthy wind enabled us to start out on B rigs. As it blew straight down the lake from the west, a longish sausage course was set, forcing us to take several tacks to reach the windward mark, then a run down to a gate, then a beat up to a shorter windward mark, back down to the gate, and then a beat to the finish. The course was tinkered with slightly as we progressed, as the wind fluctuated and dropped significantly later on, enough for those who wanted to stay competitive to change from the B to A+. We completed our eight races, with even enough time for our headmaster Derek, to grill his students on course management and etiquette. What was said can stay in house, but safe to say we all got the message.

To the racing, and it was always going to be the big three fighting it out for the honours. Chris carried over his form from Tues with the 95, Garry as always consistent and putting in some good results, and John as usual among it, these three sharing the majority of the bullets and top three finishes. For the rest of us we had our own little battles, and some good results were had by the chasing pack, but it was Eric who triumphed and took that fourth spot.

So again a great nights sailing, and a brilliant attendance.

Thanks to Derek for RO duties.

Our next meeting is next Thurs 18th when we are out on the water at 6.30pm, for our final event of this particular series.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 2 Event 5

4th July 2019

What a great sight to see twelve Dragons on the line for the start of the fifth event in the series.

With about a 10mph Westerly almost straight down the lake, it made for some nice beats and runs. A triangular type course was set of two laps, and we had eight races on the night, the last race being changed to a sausage shape with a long beat to the windward mark, then a run down to a gate, back up to the windward mark, and then a run for home. The wind was pretty constant with no vicious gusts as of late, so A+ was the sail of choice.

It was good to see that bullets were being shared around, and in the end it was all very close, as only one point separated the top three, but it was John who edged it over Bob and Eric, Bob taking second place just, on count back.

So overall a brilliant nights sailing, not quite champagne conditions, but not far off, certainly better than we have had just recently, and we hope for much of the same when we are back on the water with the 65 on Thursday 11th July at 6.30pm.

Thanks to Derek for Race Officer Duties and scoring.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 2 Event 4

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 night.

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.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 2 Event 3

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 stuff.

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 time.

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 second.

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.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 2 Event 2

13th June 2019

A cold overcast but dry evening, with a favourable wind from the NW, gave us good conditions on B rig for an entertaining evenings sail. Ten skippers turned out and with Derek as RO, we were off prompt at 6.30pm.

A start mid lake with a beat to a windward mark towards the top end, and then a long run down to a gate by the bridge, beat back up to mid lake windward mark, run back down to the gate, then a beat to a finish was our course for the night.

Ken`s night got off to a bad start as he succumbed to servo problems early on, and had to sit out most of the event.

As usual, it was clear that it was going to be between John and Garry who took the honours. As they shared the majority of the bullets. Some close races were had for the rest of the fleet, a mention for Bob Jones, Eric and Walter who all had some fine results and battled it out for third spot, Bob just taking it by a couple of points.

So it was Garry who took it on the night, by just a point, his second victory in this series.

Our next 65 event is on Thurs 20th June 6.30pm.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

2019 DF65 Saturday series Event 3

8th June 2019

Strong wind and persistent rain made it C rigs all round for the six skippers who braved the elements for this Saturday Series event.

With the wind from the NW, and conditions very awkward at the bridge end of the lake with a large chop, we set the start line centre lake, with a beat to the top end to a spreader, and then a long run down to a leeward mark three quarters down the lake, rounding and beating back to a finish on our start line.

Eight races were had at a leisurely pace with a break for a bite to eat and a brew, midway through proceedings.

Surprisingly conditions as they were, nearly all got through unscathed, John came off worst losing his jib tie down first race, that cost him two races, and then his servo failed costing him another late on, but as we know John is a very fine sailor, and after all his troubles he still secured five bullets, and finished in second place overall.

Bob suffered also, when his boat battery ran flat with little warning from his transmitter, only beeping for a short time, his boat ended up pirouetting centre Lake, and took a while for it to come to the side.

Again a consistent sail from Garry got him top spot, although it could have been different had it not been for Johns misfortune for the last race.

Although it was a horrible day weather wise, credit goes to all the skippers who got on with it without fuss, and in the end I think we all enjoyed the sailing challenge.

Our next outing for the 65 is on Thursday 13th June 6.30pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.