DF 65 Winter Series 5

16TH March 2019

The final event in the Winter Series, turned out to be a real challenge for the five skippers who turned out, in what was almost impossible conditions as Storm Hannah blew through, but the little Dragons did us proud and managed to cope with the huge chop and very strong wind and gusts.

We managed to get in five races before the conditions worsened, and it became too dangerous to sail, so we had to call it a day around 3pm.

All that said there was some very close racing, especially between Garry and John, who even tied one race, and both finished on the same points, but Garry took the honours on count back, and with John missing the first race this maybe cost him in the end.

So this brings to an end our Winter Series with the final result as follows:-

3rd place: Walter Audley 200 pts.

2nd place: John Plant 254 pts.

1st place: Garry Benson 300 pts.

We now move on to our next event, and the start of the Saturday Series, which is on 6th April start 1pm.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF 65 Winter Series 4

9th Feb 2019

Gale-force wind greeted the five skippers who turned up for this the fourth event in our Winter Series, with everyone on C rig we were away a little after 12 noon.

A simple triangular course was set to begin with to see how we coped with the challenging conditions, and to be fair all managed well, and we soon learnt the art of gybing and used it when needed. As we progressed through the races the wind was dropping all the time, and soon we were able to alter the course to a more interesting figure eight type with more chance of tacking both ways.

After a short break for a brew and a bite to eat, we were back out.

Late on in the day, as it calmed a bit more although it was still gusting occasionally, for the last three races, Garry and Bob decided to change to B rig, the others staying on C, It turned out to be a good choice especially for Garry who took the last three.

All in all, we had a great days sailing, with all of the skippers taking at least one bullet, from the thirteen races we got in, but it was Garry who finished top of the pile followed by Ken and Eric.

Our next outing for the 65 is on Saturday 16th March at 12 noon.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

IOM (and DF65) News

Below is some news that some of you new IOM skippers may not have seen but might be interested in. There’s also news for DF65 skippers

Every month in 2019, Rotherham MYC will be sailing two IOM open series events (the Craig Rastrick Trophy Series event and the Ted Ward Trophy Series event) and one DF65 / RG65 event – (the George Cliff Trophy Series event). All are sailed at Harthill Reservoir once a month throughout the year. A table of all the dates of these events can be found here.

This Saturday – 19th Jan 2019, will be the first of the Ted Ward IOM Series. Briefing will be at 9:45

There are an impressive number of open events in the Northern District this February, and they can be found on the ND IOM Events page

DF 65 Winter Series 3

5th January 2019

For our first club event of the New Year, twelve skippers turned out in what began as a flat mill pond with hardly a breath, it took forever to complete our first race on a simple up and down course using half the length of the lake. In hindsight if we had waited about three quarters of an hour or so we would have been blessed with a nice breeze from the start, as it was we struggled on through our first few races with the wind very slowly picking up, we decided a brew was our best option and to get into the warmth of the clubhouse for a while. Brew over and to our amazement not only had the wind got up, but it was enough for a sail change from A+ to A, so out we went, and after a slight course change we had some good racing for the remaining time. Eleven races were had in the day with five different skippers taking bullets, but it was Uncle Derek who came out on top, from Garry and John. So what began as looking like a non-event, turned out to be a great days racing, and we even had time at the end for Derek to go over one or two rules, regarding the start and rights of way at the marks.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF 65 Winter Series 2

1st Dec 2018

Eleven skippers turned out for this the last 65 event of the year, and had to endure light winds and rain showers all day.

A figure eight course was set of two laps, and we did eight races before the light faded. A+ rig was the sail of choice if you had one, but the A rig came more into play as the wind strengthened a little later on.

Garry was in dominant form taking six bullets, and two seconds, easily putting him top of the tree, with Chris in second spot.

Thanks to Peter for RO duties.

So that’s it for this year regarding the 65, we are back in the New Year on 5th January at 12 noon for the Winter Series 3 event.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF 65 Winter Series 1

20th October 2018
A good turnout of twelve skippers made it a great start for the first event in our Winter Series. A fine dry day for a change with a light breeze, was an ideal opportunity for those who had them to try out the A+ rig, now allowed in events at the club. Only Garry and Bob out of the twelve so far had acquired the sail, and the difference in performance was reflected in the results, with Garry taking nine bullets out of the eleven raced. John P as usual was well placed using the stock A sail, with Bob close behind.
We completed eleven races at a leisurely pace with a break in-between for a brew. On what was akin to a pentagon shape course of two laps, changing the start line a few times for the wind change.
All got through the day without major failures, except for Ken with winch problems in his second race, this put him out for the day, and was the last thing he needed having already arrived a little late due to a start time mix up, but he kindly stayed on and recorded the finishes for us.
Our next DF 65 event in the Series is on December 1st at 12 noon
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.

DF65 Saturday Series 2018 Event 6

15th September 2018
It was all about the minor places as John continued his good form this Series to take the title in this the final event of our Saturday Series.
Ten skippers turned out for our new start time of 1pm, and with a light unpredictable shifting wind, A rig was the sail of choice. A figure eight course was set and twelve races were had in the time.
Garry sailed well and took three bullets finishing in second place, but it was John who out performed us all by taking seven firsts and five seconds.
Only one breakdown of note this week, Bob Jones a servo replacement caused him to miss the first three races.
Thanks to Peter for RO.
We now move on to our Winter Series which starts on Saturday October 20th at 1pm.
Bob Jolly
DF 65 Capt.