A fine day, and a nice westerly breeze of about fifteen mph, allowed us to set a triangular course of two laps per race, using about three quarters of the lake, for the five skippers who turned out, with new recruit Malcolm Clement joining us for the first time.
The wind was a little unpredictable at times and it became a good challenge, with every race being different each time. As usual it was Derek who mastered the conditions the best, and with his experience it was no surprise that he took the honours on the day.
The wind had picked up a little after our half time cuppa, and it had become very cold, and we had just about had enough after our eight races, and we were more than ready to call time and get back into the warm.
Our next outing for the 95 is on Saturday 15th February, 12 noon start.
In the end, 20 sailors registered for the first day of the Twixmas event at Fleetwood Model Yacht and Power Boat Club. After a short briefing by Derek Priestley, racing got under way shortly after 10:00 under the watchful eye of Bob Jolly as RO assisted by scorer Judith Baldwin.
The fleet raced as one on a course with two beats at a slightly different angle to try and make the best of the shifty 5 to 10 knot breeze. Dave Burke was quick out of the blocks to win Race 1. Derek took wins in Races 2 and 3, with Dave then picking up Race 4.
This was followed by a short break for mulled wine and hot mince pies and then resumed with Race 5 where it was the turn of Mick Chamberlain to take the win, followed by Jen Hand picking up Races 6 and 7 by a good margin from the rest of the field. The final race (number 8) before lunch provided yet another winner in the form of John Sharman.
After a quick break for lunch, John again showed the fleet a clean pair of heels to win Race 9. Race 10 then provided another new winner in the form of Chris Chatfield, followed by the first win for Peter Baldwin in Race 11. Derek picked up Race 12 from Peter right on the finish line, the final race which may have been unlucky for some was won by Peter as a small compensation for narrowly missing out on Race 12.
When the final scores were added up, only one point separated the top three, with John Sharman (Keighley) taking the win on count back from Dave Burke (Lincoln) and Peter Baldwin (Birkenhead) in third just one point behind them.
WOW, sitting here on Saturday night thinking that days like today are why we sail model racing yachts, what a start to the new season for the DF95 !
For the first event of the winter series of 2019 a beautifully sunny day with mid A rig breeze met a great turn out of 10 skippers. The wind wasn’t straight down the lake but near enough to allow a decent course to be set. About half the lake was used until this could be extended when the power boat enthusiast from Malta left us free to use as much as we wanted. The shifting ESE wind made for tactical racing which was a joy to be a part of, after the first few races there was only going to be one winner at this event ( when you discard a second its going well ) but the racing was close throughout the fleet including for the win on some occasions. It seemed a shame to finish after the usual 8 races had been completed so we threw in an extra two lap race at the end finishing just after 16:00.
Thanks again to Bob and Garry for all the organisation, it really is appreciated.
However we do need to share the load, a class captain who can be present for most events is required, please speak up if your interested, there’s plenty of support for anyone who wants to have a go.
Next DF95 event on the 14th Dec, more of the same please.
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.