DF Squadron Club Racing Series 2 No.6

DF95 Fleet Tuesday 11th July


Twelve of the squadron were fortunate to enjoy the best of the day’s weather in an A rig NNE breeze which, as ever, fluctuated in strength and direction.
The series is hotting up and now only one point separates Chris C and Mark.
You will notice from the individual race results that Derek sailing in 76 for a couple of races proved that all these yachts are all capable of taking a bullet in the right hands.

 See you on the water.

Garry Benson
DF95 Club Captain

DF65 Fleet Wednesday 12th July
A glorious sunny evening spoiled by an ever decreasing light wind but we somehow managed to complete six races over a decently long course before, (after almost packing it in), going down to a short triangle for the last two races. Mark, Paul and Eddie hogged the first places until the last race when John Plant took the bullet standing in as skipper of Bob’s boat.
Ken Crabtree
DF65 Fleet Captain


DF Squadron Club Racing Series 2 No.5

DF65 Fleet Wednesday 5th July

A partnership of Derek and Phil Halliday was, as expected, unbeatable taking first place in 6 of the 8 races, the other two going to Robin and John. The light wind proved problematic for the novices among us, particularly yours truly and a second place by Derek with my boat proved that the problem is not the boat but as Peter Jackson says, ‘The pratt between the sticks’! As usual the results and positions to date below.

DF95 Fleet Tuesday 4th July

Whilst I was being blessed with a primary school music prom I am in debt to Chris C for standing in at short notice and his following report.

All talk is of the impending RM Nationals this coming weekend and the first competitor to set up in the car park was Phil Holliday who borrowed Derek’s boat. Meanwhile Derek was intent on honing his PRO skills but did make a guest appearance to win race 5. In almost ideal conditions with wind from the west the racing was close throughout the fleet with Dave, Phil and Chris managing to get away and John getting his mojo back towards the end. The ever improving duo of Rob and Bob had a close tussle and Susan getting more confident as shouts of starboard echoed round the lake.

Garry Benson

DF95 Club Captain


DF Squadron Saturday Series 2017 No. 4

DF65s Saturday 1st July

No report! Results and positions to date below.


DF95s Saturday 1st July

Seven skippers were blessed with a B rig westerly in bright sunshine and Chris C sorted a basic although demanding course, not to mention the added choppy surface which proved a challenge to say the least.

The eight race bullets were shared between Chris, Derek and John Plant who subbed for Derek whilst he prepared for hosting next weekend’s RM/10R Nationals.

Bob J completed the podium and is proof that there is no substitute for practice and is now being rewarded with a strong set of results.

See you on the water

Garry Benson DF95 Club Captain


DF Squadron Club Racing Series 2 No.4

DF65 Fleet Wednesday 28th June 2017

Seven brave  (mad?) skippers turned up despite the rain. A shortish course of a beat to the NE corner of the lake, then back on a run to the start marker and finally a a tack or two to the finish line let us complete eight races in just over an hour and a quarter, by which time we were soaked so retired to the club house.

Results and league table below.


DF95 Fleet Tuesday 27th June 2017

Results and overall positions to-date below.


Thanks to David Rose for supplying the results.

DF Squadron Club Racing Series 2 No.3

DF65s Wednesday 21st June

A southerly wind needed a start line at the far side of the lake which meant skippers having to cross the narrow strip between the two lakes; something that has been calamitous for a few skippers in the past but not tonight. A change in direction to a westerly meant a course change after race five. Derek P and John Tush had a practice with RG65s in preparation for their Nationals at Birkenhead this weekend. Needless to say they left the DF65s in their wake. Results and league table, after three weeks, below.


DF95s Tuesday 20th June

Results only…..

Thanks to David Rose for supplying the results.

DF65 Open Meeting 17th June

Early cloud had lifted by 10 o’clock, the sun was shining, the wind was stronger than forecast and in a westerly direction straight up the lake thus allowing a convenient start line near the club house. Tim L and Chris C manned the oars to add and move some marks, gave some good advice setting a course then off we went. Eight races were run by 12.15 before we broke for lunch. At this stage Tim L and Chris C led with just 11 points each, Tim ahead on count back, but John S was right behind on 12.

After lunch the wind had dropped slightly and swung to the north a bit so some more mark movement, new course  and off again. It was a struggle to get another eight races in as the wind continued to drop but we did it. A late surge by John S of five bullets in the last five races was enough to pip Chris C and Tim L, who had some disastrous results(for him anyway) but still comfortably held on for a third place. Gentleman that he is he donated his prize to our one lady competitor, perhaps for her sheer consistency of finishing last with such joyous enthusiasm?

Some thanks. First to John and Susan Sharman for making it a truly ‘Open’ event, to Chris C and Tim L for working the oars and finally to Pete Jackson for the starts and recording results for each race. Final positions are below.


DF Squadron Club Racing Series 2 No.2

DF95 Fleet Tuesday 13th June

We were pleased to welcome John and Susan Sharman tonight who were blessed with a warm SSW breeze which was ideal for the A rig. We managed our customary eight races and thanks to Chris C we varied the course which kept everyone on their toes – give or take the occasional diversions. As you will see from the results Mark was victorious in probably the closest racing of the season so far.

See you on the water

Garry Benson  DF95 Club Captain

PS It was actually event two, one was cancelled owing to gale force winds.  KC

DF65 Fleet Wednesday 14th June

A very good turnout deserved better wind, 5/6mph dropping all the time. We adopted the same course as the DF95s on the previous evening but only one lap per race. After six races we’d had enough so packed it in. Would you believe it, twenty minutes later the wind had picked up again but too late!. It was a close run thing for the first three places and even closer for the last three!

Ken Crabtree  Df65 Club Captain