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.