DF Squadron Report


Series 1 Event 6 | Tuesday 23 May 2017

As you will see from the results table Shaun Holbeche dominated the fleet of nine who also had the added hazard of bandits at six o’clock ie Jelly Fish! This made for some amazing reversals of fortunes as they have no prejudice to who they cling to.

Nevertheless, and even allowing for a very fickle WSW failing breeze, we managed eight one lap races and gained valuable tuning knowledge for the forthcoming Nationals.

We are have another DF95 POP-UP this coming Bank Holiday – Monday the 29th – 10.30am. This is another golden opportunity to avoid the traffic jams and prepare for the Nationals in Milton Keynes.


Series 1 Event 6 | Wednesday 24th May 2017

A few spits and spots from a sea fret before the start had us thinking we might be in for a wet evening but no, just overcast and no bl**dy wind again!! A simple course of an obtuse angled triangle finishing on a run proved quite a challenge: six skippers each taking a first place including Tim S who had his first ever first place. (Since he bought that s/h boat from John Tush he’s shooting up the leader board! Think JT might have forgotten to remove the turbo drive!)


Ken Crabtree  DF65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron 2017 Saturday Series Event 2

DF65s and DF95s 13th May 2017

The Gods were, as forecast, kind to the five 65 skippers and the three 95 skippers who enjoyed eight races for which different courses were set accordingly. Eddie prevailed with the 65s and Mike Benson for the 95s. From a personal point of view I was grateful to Peter Jackson for his ROD duties and for Mike, Bob and Robin for allowing myself (who managed to forget his rigs) and for allowing Peter for using their boats in various races.

Garry Benson

DF Squadron Club Racing 4

DF95s Series 1 Event 4 Tuesday 9th May

In an ever diminishing northwest breeze twelve skippers, which included our most recent fleet member David Rose, managed to complete eight single lap races. As you will see from the attached table we had five different individual winners with Shaun being the runaway leader and Chris proving that consistency has its rewards!

A reminder that we have 95 club racing this Saturday (13.5.17) at 2.30pm.

Garry Benson DF95 Fleet Captain

DF65s Series 1 Event 4 Wednesday 10th May

A fine sunny evening and a light northerly wind enticed eleven skippers for what turned out to be some challenging racing. We included the dreaded marker on the north side of the lake and it proved to be the downfall of a few skippers, myself in particular, getting endearingly attached to it on two occasions. Paul Reid is coming into good form winning five of the eight races. Peter Jackson decided to test his knees and even though he retired for the last two races he still finished third, pipping Garry on count back, a very good result.


Ken Crabtree DF65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing 3

DF65 Wednesday 3rd May 2017

The wind was stronger than forecast, which may account for the lower turn-out, but at least it was an easterly (with a slight hint of northerly) so we could set a course with a convenient start line. We all opted for the B rig which coped quite well. The first two races took almost half an hour so the course was shortened slightly but then the wind started to increase and boats were torpedoing and turning in uncontrolled circles so after four races some skippers opted to go down to the C rig and some opted to go home! By the end of the sixth race we had had enough; too windy and feeling cold so we called it a night. Still, we had a challenging hour and forty minutes of racing, The results are below and as we have now had three meetings there are also the current league positions.


DF95 Tuesday 2nd May – Series 1 Event 3

It was good to have Russell back racing after his holiday when Mark Rose also proved that there is no substitute for experience as, after Derek missed the last three races, he deservedly topped the podium. In saying that we had four different skippers taking a bullet and there was close racing throughout.

Many thanks to David Rose for scoring and voluntarily being race officer. You will note that we managed nine races which were contested in a superb A rig breeze and probably the warmest evening of the year so far.

The results are below.

Garry Benson  DF95 Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing 2

DF95 Fleet Tuesday 25th April

We welcomed Mark Rose to our fleet and in his case common sense prevailed as he did not have the C rig with him to survive the conditions!

We must admire the eight other skippers who endured a bitingly cold gale force wind which, prior to the first race even managed to delay proceedings whilst abating.

Common sense was also order of the day for Derek who had brought along one of two new 95s he had assembled and after one race retired as he preferred to deliver it in one piece.

Just five races were completed and Tim Lanigan took all five bullets with Dave Foster being a well deserved runner-up and Chris Chatfield completing the podium. Results to follow shortly.

Just a reminder that we are running a DF95 pop-up racing day this coming Bank Holiday Monday, 1st June and all club members are welcome. Briefing 10,15 with first race at 10.30am. Note though that it is intended to be more of a ‘training’ day with expert advice from Derek P.

Garry Benson

Fleetwood DF95 Squadron Captain

DF65 Fleet Wednesday 26th April

That dastardly north wind again but a bit calmer than the previous evening and B rigs coped reasonably well. Derek set a course of two laps of a long sausage but the windward mark was proving to be a killer. The approach was tricky, boat belting along one second and then dying the next until near the mark when the wind took hold and control was difficult, even for the experienced skippers. Once round the mark you had to dodge the boats still approaching. Chaos ensued! After three races the course was shortened but the windward mark was no easier.

Paul Reid took the first race, on his first outing this year, but only six skippers took part. Thereafter, once all eleven skippers raced the honours were shared by Garry, four firsts and John, three.


DF Squadron Club Racing

Tuesday 18th April DF95 Fleet

Tonight we welcomed David Foster and Robin Gray to our fleet and guest skippers David Stewart and Shaun Priestley.

On an uncomplicated course, kindly set by Derek, eleven skippers persevered in a breeze with more holes than a string vest and only five races were completed before sundown! Chris Chatfield suffered the dreaded winch servo burn out and Derek and son Shaun missed the final slog due to family commitments which somewhat distorted the overall result. Nevertheless, congrats to Tim Lanigan whose consistency speaks for itself.

Wednesday 19th April DF65 Fleet

At first it looked like some skippers were going off our booklet’s start time of 6.30pm as turnout was low but the last minuters brought it up to a respectable twelve; could do better though! Perhaps the effort of the all day Pop-up DF95 on Monday and yesterday evening’s club DF95 meeting had taken their toll on the skippers who have both classes.

We had a reasonably stable westerly wind and completed eight races by eight o’clock. We could have possibly done more if we hadn’t spent time on trying to guide a couple of out-of-control boats back to shore; electrical problems! Poor Mark suffered his just 2 or 3 yards from the finishing line, in first place; he might have won the night otherwise. As it was John Plant took the honours.

Next week we should be able to have a later start; watch for the email!!

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 😉

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!

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 ‘Get Back you lot’ 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? 🙂


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