Fleetwood Dragon TT Results

Well who’d have thunk it, last weekend we sailed deep in C rig territory with a side order of horizontal rain. This weekend? well its was better, much much better.

DF65 Saturday

Round 5 & 6 of the Dragon TT kicked off with the 65’s launching into naff all wind but whatever, look at the sky!

The racing was a mixed bag of drifty beats, runs that turned into beats and then back to runs and everyone was nearly always in better wind than you. Conditions got better throughout the day which allowed the full quota of 16 races to be sailed. With the best winds¬†predictably arriving about 3:43pm. Honesty I can’t remember much else about the racing yesterday maybe I have sun stroke?! Look at the sky!

DF65 Results

  • 1st John Tushingham
  • 2nd Derek Priestley
  • 3rd Buzz Coleman

Here’s the Old School score sheet, dig in ūüėČ

DF95 Sunday

Today was much like yesterday only with slightly bigger boats, longer courses, better wind, less races and more miles walked. We had 28 boats on the water, 28! I haven’t got a picture to prove it (hint, hint send me some) but there was some great¬†racing throughout the fleet. Yes there were some banazi moves and strange tactics employed at times but then we were all half crazed with the sun and the walking. Considering the size of the fleet the racing was conducted in good spirits & despite some¬†shenanigans the same old faces went home with the wine.

DF95 Results

Big Thank You’s

  • First off, big shout out to all the new faces we saw over the weekend. Fresh blood is exactly what we need.
  • Thanks to Judith Baldwin for the scoring, truly the best in the game.
  • Thanks to¬†Eric ‚ÄėGet Back you lot‚Äô Watkinson for running the starts.
  • Thanks to all the Fleetwood members who chipped in throughout the weekend. And especially to Peter Ilses for cleaning up our new championship marks, fixing up the rescue boat and manning it all weekend. Cheers mate.
  • And lastly to the¬†3 generations of the infamous Priestley clan for running¬†the kitchen. Where else would you be served battenberg¬†and scones ‘off of a’ posh trolley at the prize giving? ūüôā

Ephemera

Finally let’s get stuck in to some serious math! As befits any proper¬†Fleetwood MYPBC race reportage, here’s the weekends competitor mileage data report, sponsored by Garmin* and 3 bottles of Brewdog Punk IPA.

5 miles each x 23 competitors (DF65 Saturday)
8 miles each x 28 competitors (DF95 Sunday)

= 339 miles (ish)

Which is about same distance as Fleetwood to Plymouth! Thats flipping bonkers right?!

 *I made up the bit about garmin

 

Fleetwood Dragon TT this weekend

Derek sends word that a number of competitors will be gathering at the lake early afternoon on Friday, club house will be open and there will be much chortling at the colour of the lake!

Find out more and get your entry in here:

https://fleetwoodmypbc.org.uk/2017/02/23/fleetwood-dragon-tt-r5-r6/

If anyones entry is missing please let me know by clicking here

DF Squadron Saturday 18th March

First up this time, the DF95s. Here’s Garry’s report.

A golden opportunity to test the smaller rigs was enjoyed by six enthusiastic skippers in less than welcoming weather on our freshly filled lake. Various rig failures were experienced and some inventive tuning proved to be valuable knowledge. Six races on a simple two marker up and downwind course had everyone trailing in Tim’s wake and Eric, who had borrowed a B-rig, was a sight to behold on the run. I trust that everyone who has not already entered and, can make it, comes and supports the club at the Dragon Travellers racing this coming weekend.

Results: 1  Tim Lanigan    4 pts

                2  Peter Iles          9 pts

                3  Eric Reid          10 pts

Next up were the DF 65s

By now the rain had eased off and the wind had dropped a bit so we all started off with B-rigs on a sausage course, starting and finishing on a beat.  After race one Tony had leak problems, again, and had to retire. The wind dropped more during the fourth and fifth races so we broke for 10 minutes whilst everyone went up to the A-rig. The forecast for the DF TT event on Saturday is full sun so no excuse for missing out what should be great couple of days.

Results: 

Fleetwood DF Squadron 4th March 2017

So here we are again on this foreign lake. We seem to be plagued by S or SW winds, the worst possible. Our marker buoys have been¬† mucked up by the recent gales so much that the only course would be a slalom! Unfortunately we didn’t have an Olympic hammer thrower to put some¬† markers in better positions but there was a friendly¬† kayak-er on the lake and he obliged by re-positioning¬† a marker to allow us a reasonable course with a short initial beat. The DF65s were first up. Although A rigs were the order of the day some of the markers caused many a disaster, except to the ‘expert’ sailors, (how do they do it?) so there were no surprises in the results other than Tim lost one race to Garry!!

Thanks to Eric Reid for scoring for us.

The day’s results are below together with the final league table for the DF65s winter series.

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Next up the DF95s captained by Garry.

Being second up we fortunately benefited from the prior 65 racing and also from Bob Jolly for taking on the RO duties. Yet again the 95 offered a maiden race to Peter Chester who just fell short with a second to Tim Lanigan’s first of six bullets.

Full race details of this inaugural winter series will be on the web shortly. In the meantime today’s first three are:

  1. Tim Lanigan
  2. Chris Chatfield
  3. Peter Isle

PS Don’t forget the DF TT on March 25th/26th!!¬† 65s on the Saturday, 95s on the Sunday. If you are going to race please register on-line; it gives us an idea of how many to cater for.

Fleetwood Dragon TT R5 & R6

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Practice: Friday 24th March

  • Club House will be open early afternoon
  • Practice
  • Practice
  • Practice
  • Debrief

DF65: Saturday 25th March

  • 09:00 Registration Open
  • 10:00 Warning Signal
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Racing concludes
  • 16:30 Prize Giving

Social:

De-brief in the Mount on Saturday night.

DF95: Sunday 26th March

  • 09:00 Registration Open
  • 10:00 Warning Signal
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Racing concludes
  • 16:30 Prize Giving

Fine Print:

  • Event entry fee is ¬£5 per day payable at registration
  • Meal Deal is ¬£5 per day (payable on registration)
    • Tea & Toast on arrival
    • Soup & Sandwiches for Lunch
    • Tea & Biscuits in the afternoon
    • Cake at prize giving (won’t be a patch on Liz’s but we’ll try)
  • ¬†Proper notice of race is posted here in PDF format

Runners & Riders:

DF65 – Saturday

  • Chris Chatfield
  • Garry Benson
  • Tim Lanigan
  • Derek Priestley
  • Snackers McSnacker Shorts
  • John Sharman
  • Peter Baldwin
  • Buzz Coleman
  • Brian Holland
  • Mike Benson
  • Wayne Stobbs
  • Tony Wilson
  • John Tushingham
  • Liz Tushingham
  • Mike Parkington
  • Sue Parkington
  • Garry Box
  • Ian Hawtin
  • Mick Chamberlain
  • Mark Dicks
  • John Bush
  • Vic Bellerson
  • Ken Crabtree

DF95 – Sunday

  • Chris Chatfield
  • Garry Benson
  • Tim Lanigan
  • Derek Priestley
  • Snackers McSnacker Shorts
  • Chris Kirk
  • John Sharman
  • Peter Baldwin
  • Buzz Coleman
  • Brian Holland
  • Mike Benson
  • John Tushingham
  • Liz Tushingham
  • Eric Reid
  • Mike Parkington
  • Sue Parkington
  • Garry Box
  • John Brooks
  • Shaun Holbeche
  • Rick Ford
  • Pete Iles
  • Mick Chamberlain
  • Chris Spalding
  • Mark Dicks
  • David Stewart
  • Tommy Mills

Enter Below:

DF Squadron 18th Feb 2017

First up were the DF95s, Garry’s report follows:-

Today we welcomed John Brookes and Mike Benson to our ever expanding fleet and yet again in a maiden race John takes the bullet; Mike’s boat, in the very capable hands of Derek (even with a faulty rudder) gets a credible 4th.

Chris Chatfield, fresh from his extended antipodean vacation, also graced us with his presence and took the overall honours in eight closely contested races which saw wins for four different skippers who were faced with a challenging and fickle breeze coming from varied directions.

Thanks to Derek for acting as RO and his continual rules guidance.

Results below (I’ll get to grips with the MYA spreadsheet eventually!)

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 Next up were the DF65s

Derek decided to race his DF65 so for the other eight skippers it was a case of racing for second place which Garry achieved again. Chris C normally shines with his 65 but not today; perhaps he was overcome with his success on his first DF95 outing!

Results and positions to date below.

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DF Squadron 4th February

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Eight skippers turned out for the DF65 races which were first up today. A SSW wind proved challenging but not for Mick Parkington who ran away with six of the eight races, the other two being shared between Garry B and Tony W. Unfortunately Tony’s rudder servo packed in on the penultimate race and eventually Paul Balcombe got the rescue boat out to recover it. Then my winch went on the last race with the sails fully out but some clever steering got me to the end of the landing stage.

Thanks to Eric Reid for acting as Racing Officer; by the way Eric I have booked you an appointment at Specsavers!

Results and league table below.

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Only three DF95 skippers ventured out and one had technical problems so no racing took place. Where were you all??