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
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
Our next outing for the 65 is on 15th August
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
4th July 2019
What a great sight to see twelve Dragons on the line for the
start of the fifth event in the series.
With about a 10mph Westerly almost straight down the lake,
it made for some nice beats and runs. A triangular type course was set of two
laps, and we had eight races on the night, the last race being changed to a
sausage shape with a long beat to the windward mark, then a run down to a gate,
back up to the windward mark, and then a run for home. The wind was pretty
constant with no vicious gusts as of late, so A+ was the sail of choice.
It was good to see that bullets were being shared around,
and in the end it was all very close, as only one point separated the top
three, but it was John who edged it over Bob and Eric, Bob taking second place
just, on count back.
So overall a brilliant nights sailing, not quite champagne
conditions, but not far off, certainly better than we have had just recently,
and we hope for much of the same when we are back on the water with the 65 on Thursday
11th July at 6.30pm.
Thanks to Derek for Race Officer Duties and scoring.
DF 65 Capt.
27th June 2019
A beautiful sunny evening for the twelve skippers that
turned out. With a strongish gusting wind coming from the East, the majority
set out on B rig, to tackle a sausage shape course of nine races.
Wind conditions were ever changing, and with the gusts
coming and going, sometimes it was more of an advantage for those who were on
the A rather than the B, either way it was a challenging nights racing and all
good for the experience.
With five different skippers taking bullets on the night it
shows that it wasn`t all one way traffic, and it was good to see many getting
good results, and pushing the more experienced skippers like Chris, who with
his tally of thirteen points including three wins earned him top spot on the
Newcomer James had some sort of problem with a leak, and
that spoiled his nights sailing, being only able to compete in four of the
races, and unfortunately for Eric a receiver problem cost him a couple of races
and possibly a higher place finish.
So another great nights sailing, and a good turnout, and we
hope for much of the same next Thursday the 4th July 6.30pm, when we
are back on the water with the 65.
DF 65 Capt.
20th June 2019
Eleven skippers turned out, for what was, a wonderful nights
sailing, Dry, sunny, with about a 20mph blow, straight down the lake, champagne
B rigs all round, as we set off to tackle a figure eight
type course, six single laps, and a couple of two lappers, were had in the
There were some pretty close finishes, but John with his sailing
nous, always managing to get over the line first, and won the night comfortably
taking six bullets. Walter with some consistent sailing came a well-deserved
Minor breakdowns for a couple of skippers cost them a few
races, but on the whole it was a good night for sailing, and an enjoyable time
was had by all.
We hope for some of the same next time out, which is on Thurs
27th June 6.30pm.
DF 65 Capt.
13th June 2019
A cold overcast but dry evening, with a favourable wind from
the NW, gave us good conditions on B rig for an entertaining evenings sail. Ten
skippers turned out and with Derek as RO, we were off prompt at 6.30pm.
A start mid lake with a beat to a windward mark towards the
top end, and then a long run down to a gate by the bridge, beat back up to mid
lake windward mark, run back down to the gate, then a beat to a finish was our
course for the night.
Ken`s night got off to a bad start as he succumbed to servo
problems early on, and had to sit out most of the event.
As usual, it was clear that it was going to be between John
and Garry who took the honours. As they shared the majority of the bullets.
Some close races were had for the rest of the fleet, a mention for Bob Jones,
Eric and Walter who all had some fine results and battled it out for third spot,
Bob just taking it by a couple of points.
So it was Garry who took it on the night, by just a point,
his second victory in this series.
Our next 65 event is on Thurs 20th June 6.30pm.
DF 65 Capt.