DF Squadron Report

DF95’s

Series 1 Event 6 | Tuesday 23 May 2017

As you will see from the results table Shaun Holbeche dominated the fleet of nine who also had the added hazard of bandits at six o’clock ie Jelly Fish! This made for some amazing reversals of fortunes as they have no prejudice to who they cling to.

Nevertheless, and even allowing for a very fickle WSW failing breeze, we managed eight one lap races and gained valuable tuning knowledge for the forthcoming Nationals.

We are have another DF95 POP-UP this coming Bank Holiday – Monday the 29th – 10.30am. This is another golden opportunity to avoid the traffic jams and prepare for the Nationals in Milton Keynes.

DF65s

Series 1 Event 6 | Wednesday 24th May 2017

A few spits and spots from a sea fret before the start had us thinking we might be in for a wet evening but no, just overcast and no bl**dy wind again!! A simple course of an obtuse angled triangle finishing on a run proved quite a challenge: six skippers each taking a first place including Tim S who had his first ever first place. (Since he bought that s/h boat from John Tush he’s shooting up the leader board! Think JT might have forgotten to remove the turbo drive!)

    

Ken Crabtree  DF65 Fleet Captain

Fleetwood DF95 Squadron heads to Milton Keynes!

Calling all Fleetwood DF sailors,

The DF95 National Championships are being held over the weekend of 10/11th June, and the Fleetwood DF95 Squadron are taking part in force!!

Already entered are:

  • Tim Lanigan
  • Chris Chatfield
  • Shaun Holbeche (Winner of 6m Nationals held recently at Norwich)
  • Garry Benson
  • Mick Parkington
  • Sue Parkington
  • Derek Priestley

With that entry we hope to make a big impact on the event but we could always make a bigger impact. If any more of you would like to come & join us you’d be most welcome. The event is to be hosted by the 2 Islands club sailing on Furzton Lake next door to the Premier inn of the same name. We are all staying at the Premier Inn and partying at the Hungry Horse pub next door.

Entry details are here

If you know anyone who would like to come but needs a boat let me know & I’ll find one for them. Contact us through the form, email Derek, ask Garry or speak to me, the Fleetwood MYPBC Web Donkey

Hope to see you there.

Derek Priestley
Yachting section Chairman.

PS We have awesome FWD DF Squadron Stickers for all those representing 🙂

DF Squadron Club Racing 5

This evening we were again blessed with excellent late spring weather and the rapidly diminishing breeze again provided varied results although, as per the norm, Tim Lanigan prevailed with another set of consistent results.

A good turnout of nine skippers initially sported B rigs which were rapidly upgraded to the A rig as the WNW breeze abated and the testing one lap course which was shortened for the last two had the added advantage of avoiding the setting sun.

As you will now be pleased to see, I have now (and about time) managed to get my head around the MYA scoring program and as there are two more events in this series I will publish the overall positions asap.

Garry Benson
95 Squadron Club Captain

DF65 Wednesday 17th May

KC reporting from beautiful Pembrokeshire and with other regulars in Bermuda, Turkey and Spain it wasn’t a bad turnout. Looks like it will be a close race between John and Garry but Paul is creeping up on the rails.

DF Squadron 2017 Saturday Series Event 2

DF65s and DF95s 13th May 2017

The Gods were, as forecast, kind to the five 65 skippers and the three 95 skippers who enjoyed eight races for which different courses were set accordingly. Eddie prevailed with the 65s and Mike Benson for the 95s. From a personal point of view I was grateful to Peter Jackson for his ROD duties and for Mike, Bob and Robin for allowing myself (who managed to forget his rigs) and for allowing Peter for using their boats in various races.

Garry Benson

DF Squadron Club Racing 4

DF95s Series 1 Event 4 Tuesday 9th May

In an ever diminishing northwest breeze twelve skippers, which included our most recent fleet member David Rose, managed to complete eight single lap races. As you will see from the attached table we had five different individual winners with Shaun being the runaway leader and Chris proving that consistency has its rewards!

A reminder that we have 95 club racing this Saturday (13.5.17) at 2.30pm.

Garry Benson DF95 Fleet Captain

DF65s Series 1 Event 4 Wednesday 10th May

A fine sunny evening and a light northerly wind enticed eleven skippers for what turned out to be some challenging racing. We included the dreaded marker on the north side of the lake and it proved to be the downfall of a few skippers, myself in particular, getting endearingly attached to it on two occasions. Paul Reid is coming into good form winning five of the eight races. Peter Jackson decided to test his knees and even though he retired for the last two races he still finished third, pipping Garry on count back, a very good result.

  

Ken Crabtree DF65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing 3

DF65 Wednesday 3rd May 2017

The wind was stronger than forecast, which may account for the lower turn-out, but at least it was an easterly (with a slight hint of northerly) so we could set a course with a convenient start line. We all opted for the B rig which coped quite well. The first two races took almost half an hour so the course was shortened slightly but then the wind started to increase and boats were torpedoing and turning in uncontrolled circles so after four races some skippers opted to go down to the C rig and some opted to go home! By the end of the sixth race we had had enough; too windy and feeling cold so we called it a night. Still, we had a challenging hour and forty minutes of racing, The results are below and as we have now had three meetings there are also the current league positions.

   

DF95 Tuesday 2nd May – Series 1 Event 3

It was good to have Russell back racing after his holiday when Mark Rose also proved that there is no substitute for experience as, after Derek missed the last three races, he deservedly topped the podium. In saying that we had four different skippers taking a bullet and there was close racing throughout.

Many thanks to David Rose for scoring and voluntarily being race officer. You will note that we managed nine races which were contested in a superb A rig breeze and probably the warmest evening of the year so far.

The results are below.

Garry Benson  DF95 Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing 2

DF95 Fleet Tuesday 25th April

We welcomed Mark Rose to our fleet and in his case common sense prevailed as he did not have the C rig with him to survive the conditions!

We must admire the eight other skippers who endured a bitingly cold gale force wind which, prior to the first race even managed to delay proceedings whilst abating.

Common sense was also order of the day for Derek who had brought along one of two new 95s he had assembled and after one race retired as he preferred to deliver it in one piece.

Just five races were completed and Tim Lanigan took all five bullets with Dave Foster being a well deserved runner-up and Chris Chatfield completing the podium. Results to follow shortly.

Just a reminder that we are running a DF95 pop-up racing day this coming Bank Holiday Monday, 1st June and all club members are welcome. Briefing 10,15 with first race at 10.30am. Note though that it is intended to be more of a ‘training’ day with expert advice from Derek P.

Garry Benson

Fleetwood DF95 Squadron Captain

DF65 Fleet Wednesday 26th April

That dastardly north wind again but a bit calmer than the previous evening and B rigs coped reasonably well. Derek set a course of two laps of a long sausage but the windward mark was proving to be a killer. The approach was tricky, boat belting along one second and then dying the next until near the mark when the wind took hold and control was difficult, even for the experienced skippers. Once round the mark you had to dodge the boats still approaching. Chaos ensued! After three races the course was shortened but the windward mark was no easier.

Paul Reid took the first race, on his first outing this year, but only six skippers took part. Thereafter, once all eleven skippers raced the honours were shared by Garry, four firsts and John, three.