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.

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 5

22nd August 2019

As on Tuesday conditions were overcast with rain in the air, but thankfully it kept off, the wind was a healthy 21mph coming mainly from the west, and gusting to 36mph at its worst from all directions, making it a very challenging nights sailing.

A triangular course was set to start and then changed to more of a sausage to allow us to get in our eight races in the time. The majority of the ten skippers who set out chose the C rig whilst the odd few who hadn`t come with it had the B on, and one skipper Harry started with the famous D out of Eddies sail bag.

With John and Mark challenging for first in most races, it was always going to be between those two who took the honours, with John on C and Mark on B, it was interesting to see little advantages each one had here and there, and how best they used them. In the end it was Mark who came out on top by a point over John.

So a difficult nights sailing, but all good for the experience, not so for Darren who was a casualty on the night suffering electrical problems, causing him to sit out the second half of the event.

Next outing for the 65 is on Thursday 29th August 6.30pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 4

15th August 2019

A sunny evening, a good strong blow down the lake, and twelve boats on the line for the fourth event of the series.

Most sailors set out B sail to start, but soon changed to A, as the wind soon dropped after we had begun. A triangular course to begin with was set, and then changed to a sausage shape as the wind shifted a little. Eight races were had in the time.

Mark sailed consistently all event, taking three bullets and three seconds counting for his score, and easily took the honours, with Eric just edging out Ken for second place.

Some good close sailing was had, and it was good to see the remaining bullets being shared around.

Thanks to Derek for running the start line and scoring.

Our next outing for the 65 is on 22nd August 6.30pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 3

8th August 2019

A bright sunny evening greeted the eleven sailors who turned out, in what were very calm conditions, and A+ was the sail of choice.

We set out with a triangular shaped course, and after a couple of races tinkered with it to make it a little bit more interesting, and eight races were had in the time.

John’s night was spoilt with a winch problem half way through, and that left the rest of us to fight it out for second spot, as Garry was once again on song, and took the honours with four bullets in his tally.

With only three points separating 2nd to 5th place, shows that the runner up spot could have gone either way, and it all depended on the finishes in the last race. Eric took the win with Bob second and Steve third, that extra point for Bob over Steve was just enough.

So even though we didn`t have the best conditions for sailing, we made the best of it, and overall I think we had some very good racing.

Our next outing for the 65 is on 15th August 6.30pm.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 3 Event 1

25th July 2019

The thunder and lightning passed through, just in time for the start of the first event in the series. Obviously some had seen the forecast, and had been put off by the rain we experienced in the late afternoon, as only six skippers turned out.

With a light breeze of about 6mph and quite humid, we set out on the A+ sail, to tackle a sausage shape course. After four races the wind had picked up a little, and time was given to change to the A for those that wished.

Eric struggled most of the event with intermittent electrical problems but soldiered on, Ian finished early with sore knees, and Tim called time because of the cold, he was seen leaving with his coat on, that left three and a half of us to carry on playing. There were no such problems for Garry, who persisted all night with the A+ and mastered it to a tee, taking seven bullets from the eight raced.

John for once had an off night, and Bob just edged him out taking second spot by a point.

Many thanks to Darren for doing the scoring.

Our next outing for the 65 is on 8th August 6.30 pm start, as next week’s event is cancelled, due to the National Championships taking place.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

2019 DF65 Saturday series Event 4

20th July 2019

Luckily the early morning rain had passed through for the six skippers who turned out for our Saturday event. The wind was fairly strong and it was C rigs all round. A long figure eight course was set, and it was a real test on tacking ability in the very blustery conditions.

With John and Garry present, it was always going to be a battle between those two, on who was going to do better on the day. It was very close as usual between the two, with only one point separating them in the end, in Garry’s favour.

Walter had a decent day sailing consistently, and took third place respectively.

Darren was having a good day with some fine results, but unluckily had power failure mid-way through, and that put an end to his participation. Diagnosis, leaking boat, water on electrics. So he has until next Thursday the 25th 6.30pm, when we are back on the water again with the 65, to get his boat back in order.

So an enjoyable, fun, but very tough days sailing was had, and eight races were done with plenty of walking. The strong wind stayed with us all afternoon, so we agreed eight was enough for us all.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 2 Event 7

18th July 2019

The last event in the series saw an excellent turnout of thirteen boats on the water. With about a 17mph wind, a sausage shape course was set to start, and as the wind fluctuated and changed a little, the course was altered several times as we progressed, to enable us to get our customary eight races in.

With Garry and John equal on points for the series going into this event, all eyes were on who would come out on top on the night.

John with four bullets and two seconds counting, was enough for him to take the honours for the event, and also the series.

For the rest of us there was some good racing going on, and a lot depended on how quickly you could get on port tack from the start, and get across the starboard boats, as it was an advantage, and went a long way as to where you finished in the race.

So that brings us to the end of this series, but no rest, as we are back at it again next week with the start of a new series.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

DF65 2019 series 2 Event 6

11th July 2019

Once again a wonderful turnout of thirteen skippers for this the sixth event of the series.

A healthy wind enabled us to start out on B rigs. As it blew straight down the lake from the west, a longish sausage course was set, forcing us to take several tacks to reach the windward mark, then a run down to a gate, then a beat up to a shorter windward mark, back down to the gate, and then a beat to the finish. The course was tinkered with slightly as we progressed, as the wind fluctuated and dropped significantly later on, enough for those who wanted to stay competitive to change from the B to A+. We completed our eight races, with even enough time for our headmaster Derek, to grill his students on course management and etiquette. What was said can stay in house, but safe to say we all got the message.

To the racing, and it was always going to be the big three fighting it out for the honours. Chris carried over his form from Tues with the 95, Garry as always consistent and putting in some good results, and John as usual among it, these three sharing the majority of the bullets and top three finishes. For the rest of us we had our own little battles, and some good results were had by the chasing pack, but it was Eric who triumphed and took that fourth spot.

So again a great nights sailing, and a brilliant attendance.

Thanks to Derek for RO duties.

Our next meeting is next Thurs 18th when we are out on the water at 6.30pm, for our final event of this particular series.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.