First, The DF95
Tuesday 7th May
A reasonable turn out of 7 yachts arrived for the evenings sailing, it’s a big lake so there’s room for plenty more !
With the wind from the North East Derek set us a course using the 3/4 of the lake nearest the club house with a Starboard rounding of the windward mark followed by a spreader, back down the lake for a Port rounding with a beat to the finish, the first three races used this course.
The wind moved to the East and more or less straight down the lake, allowing a longer course, we had gate at the bottom of the lake just to add to the decision making. A great nights racing with a shifting wind which varied in strength but never dropped too much, there were four different winners including Derek who borrowed David’s yacht for three races, close racing was had throughout the fleet. Hopefully more of the same next week.
Next the DF65s
What could be better than going radio sailing on a wet
miserable and cold Thursday evening in Fleetwood. Well nine of us didn`t think
there was, except for Ken who must wish he had stayed at home in the warm, as
somehow he forgot to put a patch over the battery, and soon after launch for race
one, saw his beloved new version six sink to the depths, ending his
participation. Derek volunteered to get out the rescue boat and do the recovery
So after a slight delay it was left to the eight of us to
get on with race night. With all of us on A rig and the wind from the East, a
course had been set with a start mid lake beating up to a windward mark up by
the bridge, then a run back to a couple of marks and then a beat to a finish.
With the wind fluctuating all evening it became increasingly difficult to get
around the windward mark, as it just became a dead spot, so RO Derek moved us
up the lake and altered the course slightly to keep us away from the bridge.
The usual candidates were up for top spot with John and
Garry fighting it out, but John was let down by a mast/sail failure and had to
miss out three races, even so he managed a creditable second place, and a good
night for Walter who was third.
So it was Garry who took the honours with consistently good
sailing all night including four bullets.
Our next outing for the 65 is on Thurs 16th May
DF 65 Capt.