DF 65 Series 3 Event 4

Thursday 13th Aug 2020

Following the MYA guidance for the resumption of competitive sailing, we were able to get back to some proper sailing at long last.

Fourteen skippers attended for what turned out to be a great nights sailing, and nine races were had in the time. Adhering to the guidelines set out of not more than thirteen boats on the water at any one time, we agreed that two skippers would sit out for each race, and that would become one of their discards. It worked well as each skipper sat out a race in the first seven races, and by then a couple of boats had pulled out of the event, so we were able to race full fleet the last couple of races, and the course made a little longer.

With a nice NE breeze to start, and all but one on A rig, we set out to tackle a longish sausage shape course set by RO Derek. A few races in and conditions eased a little and a few chose to move to A+. This was a good move for Steve as his results show, and pushed him up the leader board.

Recent new member Olly took the first race, having borrowed Derek`s boat for the evening, and followed that up with another three bullets and three seconds, finishing well on top of the pile with only ten points.

It`s been a long wait, but finally we are back to somewhere near what we are used to, some good, enjoyable competitive racing, plenty of banter, Race Officer annoyances very entertaining (only joking Derek), and best of all being with friends.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019/20 Winter series 5

14th March 2020

For the last event of our Winter Series, nine skippers turned out, on what was a mild fine day with a moderate wind, enabling us to adorn the A rig. What a change from recent weeks when we have been battling the storms.

A triangular shape course was set, with a long beat to the windward mark then a reach to a mid-point, then a run down to the leeward mark and beat to a finish, in very fluky conditions it must be said. Ten races were had in the time with four skippers taking bullets, Garry 4, Bob 4, Steve 1 and Chris 1. So it was Garry and Bob first and second, pushed hard by John who was a late starter and missed the first two races which he discarded, but with his six second places, he only finished up one point behind Bob and took third spot.

Many thanks to Ian Hawtin for being race officer for the day, allowing me to concentrate solely on my racing. It really is a big help

Garry’s win on the day confirmed his position at the top of the table for the series, by winning three events out of the five he couldn`t be caught. Johns third place pushed him up to runner up overall, with Steve in third respectively. Congratulations to them. 

We now look forward to the start of our Saturday Series which begins on the 4th April, 1pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019/20 Winter series 4

8th February 2020

Eight skippers turned out, on a dry cold afternoon to contest part four of our Winter Series. The wind was good to begin with, although blowing from the worst direction, as it meant the start line being over in the corner by the bridge. Most of the fleet set out on A rig, but all ended up on B later on in the day, as the threat of Storm Ciara predicted for later that afternoon started to show its face.

Conditions were very awkward as lulls and gusts came through and directions changing all the time. A rectangular shape course was set to start, and changed to more of a zig zag after our half time cuppa, to add a little more interest.

Eight races were had before we called time, and it was Garry who easily came out on top mastering the challenging conditions better than us all, and he took five bullets in his final points tally of 7. A mention for Steve who continues to improve, and he took a well-deserved runner up place with some consistent sailing and six top three finishes.

It was good to get back on the water with the 65 after a lengthy lay off, but for some of us it was a day of hardship trying to get to grips with the unpredictable conditions, which amazed us at times.

Our next outing for the 65 is on Saturday 14th March, 12 noon start.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF65 2019/20 Winter series 3

Saturday, 4th January 2020

How unkind Mother Nature can be, but not today!

As opposed to the fickle and unkind wind direction during the Twixmas weekend the first DF65 racing of the year was blessed with a constant westerly breeze with no rain, an unseasonal  temperatures with the added bonus of  ‘no crabbers’.

One notable absence: our ever present Captain Bob Jolly fell victim to the dreaded winter cold and our thanks go to Darren McCaul for the race officer duties.

The day began with eight skippers and all but Bob Jones opted for their B rig which, for the first five of the ten races proved to be the correct when, in a diminishing breeze, the A rig came into its own.

Sadly, Ken C suffered with a servo problem with brother Michael and Ian Hawtin also having their involvement shortened with gear failure.

All-in-all a most enjoyable day with good banter, a couple of drink breaks and a time for lunch.

Event four and the penultimate event of this series is on Saturday, 8th of February at 12 noon.

Garry Benson

Yachting Section Secretary

2020 Events Calendar

There is now a draft version in the calendar on this website. Event finish times are an approximation merely to give an indication of the length of the event. The annual booklet will shortly be going to the printers. As soon as it is available next year’s membership documents will be issued.

DF65 2019/20 Winter series 1

9th November 2019

Our start to the new season saw nine skippers turning out on what was a damp, cold, overcast afternoon. With an Easterly breeze, a triangular shape course was set, and eight races were had in our time.

Early problems for Darren with servo trouble saw his day spoilt, and Ken too with a leak meant he had to retire half way through to investigate. The rest of us got through unscathed and enjoyed some good competitive racing.

With John and Garry in good form, it was always going to be between those two who got the honours, and it went down to the last race to decide the winner, John taking the day overall by a point. A mention for Steve who had a good days sail, and took third spot respectively.

Many thanks to Ian who kindly did the scoring.

So that’s it we are off and running and look forward to our next outing which is on Sat 7th December with a 1pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 7

5th September 2019

An excellent turnout for this the last event in the series, and the final evening event of the year for the Dragon 65.

With a strong westerly wind it was a toss-up whether to go with B or C, majority went with the B, but it was a disadvantage on the runs with nose diving, but most stuck it out right through, the odd one changing to C.

A sausage shape course was set and eight races were had before darkness fell, although the last race was on the limit to test your eyesight. Tacking was difficult for all, and if you didn`t get it right first try, it would set you back a few places, so it was a case of either taking on a tack and hoping for the best, or gybing to stay up with the fleet.

Derek was with us this week, and no surprise that he won on the night with his six bullets. Chris performed well enough to take second spot and the overall Series win, only just from Bob, who if he had finished third, it would have been enough for him to take the series, as it was Walter edged Bob out of third by a point, and Chris finished up winner of the series by two points. Congrats to him.

So a great but difficult nights sailing, to end our evening events, and wonderful to see many boats on the water.

We’ve had a good summers sailing with some very good attendances, and I hope for much of the same next year, when we will do it all again.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 Series 3 Event 2 (rearranged) & Saturday Series 5

31st August 2019

Event 2

As we arrived for the morning session of our rearranged event, expecting the worst of conditions, we were greatly surprised to see a calmish lake and no rain. So all eight skippers who turned up rigged with the A sail, only to look out the window to see things were changing a little so off with the A and on with the B. Then the rain started and with it conditions worsened considerably, so it was quickly off with the B and on with the C, all this in the space of fifteen minutes.

These very windy conditions and heavy showers stayed with us all morning, and as it was almost impossible to sail at the East end of the lake, we set a course at the far end where it was possible to get round, still with great difficulty, and gybing was plentiful.

Hard as it was some close races were had, and we managed six in the time because of the delayed start. With Derek only with us only for part of the morning session, it was Bob Jones and Chris who were mastering the conditions better than the rest, and it was a close thing between those two for the winner, Bob taking it.

Breakdowns for Eric and Darren, who suffered electrical problems, with a chance to affect repairs during the lunch break, and still take part in the afternoon session.

Saturday Series 5

After lunch we were back out, this time with six skippers, Chris had to go and Darren had problems with his repair so didn`t compete.

We were still on C sail, the skies had brightened a little, and the rain had blown through, but still very windy.

We kept the same course as in the morning, and with Derek back with us, his class and experience told and he was the one we all had to catch. Bob Jones again had a good session, and put in some great results, finishing runner up, and must have been very happy with his days sailing, in what were pretty horrible conditions, but great fun.

Thanks to Ian for doing the scoring for us, a big help.

We are out again on Thursday 5th September with a 6.30pm start for the last evening event of the year, and the final event of the series.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 6

29th August 2019

A South Westerly, 22 mph gusting to around 30 made for some difficult and challenging sailing for this the sixth event of the Series. At least it stayed dry for the eight skippers who turned out, to take on a triangular shaped course that was set.

With the nights now drawing in, there was a concern whether we would get all eight races in, before dark, but we managed it just in time.

Sadly there were a few casualties along the way, Bob rudder servo, Eric winch and JP who wasn`t feeling too well.

Bullets were being shared around and it was quite close in the end, with Chris just pipping Ken for that top spot, Eric taking third.

Thanks to Harry for keeping the scores.

Our next outing for the 65 is on Saturday 31st Aug, with an early start of 10.15am to allow us to catch up with a cancelled event earlier in the Series, followed by our scheduled Saturday Series event, with a 1pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.