DF Fleet Autumn Series 4

DF95  Autumn Series 2017
Event 4   Saturday 16th December 2017
Well, the skies cleared as forecasts and the winter sunshine was a delight.
We even managed eight races including a ‘Who can drift the quickest?’
 Then, low and behold the breeze arrived and went but not before the remaining seven races saw three skippers taking bullets.
 As you will see, Eric took the honours with David a worthy runner up
 Yet again we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO.
 The next event is Saturday 20th January at 12 noon and this will be ALL AFTERNOON as we are running separate Saturday race days and alternating with the 65s.
Season’s Greetings to you all and, as always, I will be blessed to see you on the water in the New Year.
Garry Benson
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain
And some piccies courtesy of Anna McKone.

 

DF 65 Autumn Series 4

16TH Dec 2017

Forecast was for clear skies, a rise in temperature and a 8-9 mph wind. Great, or so we thought, well they got the temp and the skies right, but where was the main ingredient to propel a yacht.

Preparing ourselves for a dull, boring drift about, in little or no wind, we went on the water endeavouring to at least show something on the score sheet. A simple sausage course was set, and we managed to complete 5 races, although not in record time, or maybe it was a record, for the longest time to complete a short course.

Enough said, the pictures below, courtesy of Anna, say it all.

Johns experience showed, and he came out on top, with Eddie a close second

Happy Xmas to you all, and see you in the New Year.

Have a good one.

Bob Jolly

65 Fleet Capt.

DF Fleet Autumn Series 3

DF65 Autumn Series 3

2nd Dec 2017

Zero wind and showers greeted us as we arrived at the lake, and as thirteen skippers including two guests had turned out, one felt sorry for those who had travelled a distance to join us, so we waited, and waited some more, till finally a very light breeze appeared and we all rushed to the side of the lake, and quickly a simple course was laid, and boats were on the water ready for the off.

Difficult at first with just a drift, and patience was tested to the full, as most were going nowhere fast. As time went by conditions improved gradually, and we managed to get some acceptable racing in, and by the end of the allotted time we had managed five races, with Tim taking the honours once again in this the third in the series.

Thanks goes to Peter for doing the scoring duties.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Class Captain

DF95 Autumn Series 3

Today we welcomed David Burke and Anna Mckone to the Squadron and you will note from the results table that there is no substitute for experience as David took the honours including three bullets! Derek P, who set the course in a frustratingly fickle light breeze, again shared his boat with John Plant and even with a short course we still managed only five races before the dark ensued.

On the positive side a major benefit was the absence of jellyfish and hopefully, with due diligence, this is the last reference to the havoc they can cause.
As ever, we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO duties whilst braving the elements.

Event 4 is Saturday 16th December at 12 noon

See you on the water.

Garry Benson
DF95 Class Captain

DF Fleet Autumn Series 2

Saturday 11th November 2017

DF65 Fleet

A total of 9 skippers turned out, and we also welcomed Ken back after a lengthy lay off, and he soon got back into the swing of things, taking a fourth in his first race.

A Triangular shape course was set for an awkward A rig wind, with many dead spots on the lake it made it frustrating at times, but credit goes to all for getting on with it without any fuss, and after changing from two laps to one for the last few races, we completed our eight races in the allocated time.

Tim took the honours with five bullets, and Chris in second, congratulations to them, and many thanks goes to Peter Jackson for acting as race officer.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Fleet Captain

 

DF95 Fleet

When the lake was built in 1929 the current picturesque sea-facing sand dunes were not a feature and a NNW breeze did not present the frustration of reaching the ‘sheltered’ beat to the windward markers which the squadron of nine contended with today.
In saying that, the breeze built and after six classic Olympic style courses we attempted a basic two lap ‘sausage’ to the far upwind marker and back which proved to be even more challenging, if not only entertaining!
After missing the prompt 12 noon start, John Sharman continued his winning ways with Tim L hot in pursuit.
As ever, we are in debt to Peter Jackson for doing the RO duties whilst braving the cold.
Event 3 is Saturday 2nd December at 2.30pm
See you on the water.
Garry Benson
DragonFlite 95 Club Captain

DF95 Autumn Series 1

An unwelcome guest to the Squadron was ‘Brian’ a building storm force wind and, more consequential, the horizontal rain which resulted in even the five never-say-die skippers calling it a day and retreating to the welcome shelter of the clubhouse. 

The first two races around a course kindly set by Tim L were completed sporting B rigs and as ‘Brian’ became more of a factor a break and a change to C rigs was a no-brainer. The remaining two races were a matter of survival with yours truly suffering perhaps the only ‘Jelly Attacks’ of the day! On the plus side Chris C successfully tested his repaired leaking hull and there were no breakages which, considering the conditions is a testament to the design and development of the 95.

 

Congrats to Tim L on yet another set of firsts and many thanks to Peter Jackson who acted as RO.

 

Garry Benson

DragonFlite 95 Club Captain

Dragon Warmup Weekender – results

Saturday – Dragonforce 65 Open

11 skippers turned out for the DF65’s to be greeted by a dubious wind coming over the sand dunes.

Despite the efforts of club members (notably Eddie Greenwood and Bob Jolly and their incredible jellyfish trawl net) we did suffer from a bad case of the jellies. I suppose it the same for everyone but annoying none the less.


Well done to John Plant for winning the day (with v2 boat and original sails)

Sunday – Dragonflite 95 Open

Firstly, a special mention to those who made the smooth completion of sixteen highly competitive races possible: Tim Lanigan for his excellent course setting in a shifting A rig breeze which varied from NNW right through to WNW. Peter Jackson for calculating the hand written results which enabled various competitors, (especially Brian Holland from Abersoch), getting on the road home in good time.

The breeze and the sunshine provided ‘Champagne Sailing’ the problem being that Champagne is normally accompanied with oysters and not the Genus Aurelia ie the Moon Jellyfish! This, of course, had its influence on more than one occasion, although the final positions still proved that the cream rises to the top.

Congratulations to John Sharman on a well deserved victory and it was really good to see Eric and Russell back amongst us after their recent sabbaticals.

I hope to see you on the water on the 14/15th of October at the Dragon TT Weekend at Weecher’s Reservoir, Keighley and Saturday the 21st at Fleetwood for the first of our Autumn Series.

Garry Benson / DF95 Club Captain

DF Squadron 2017 Saturday Series 6

Saturday 9th September

A very poor turnout saw the DF95 event at 12 noon being cancelled. Final positions will be posted later.

Four skippers for the DF65 meeting donned B rigs in a strong NNW wind and managed the usual eight races without any disasters. This was the sixth and last meeting in this series, the results and final league table are below. Congratulations to Chris Chatfield, winner of the series and Eddie Greenwood, runner up in what was a closely fought contest..

   

KC DF65 Fleet Captain

DF Squadron Club Racing Series 3 No.7

DF95 Series 3 Event 7

Tuesday 5th September

The final Tuesday evening DF95 racing in a brisk B Rig Westerly was hotly contested by nine skippers and a culmination of circumstances including Chris C’s failing rudder servo, and myself having a detached winch main sheet resulted in one of the closest event results of the year.
Congratulations to John Sharman’s well-deserved event win and to Chris Chatfield and Derek P for the Series Overall first and second respectfully!
This series was contested by seventeen of the Fleetwood DF95 Squadron and big thanks to those who travel a considerable distance and also to DP, CC and to Peter Jackson for their invaluable help to make this racing so enjoyable.
This Saturday we have 95 racing at 12 noon followed by our Fleetwood Dragon Open (Saturday the 16th DF65s and on Sunday 17th September the 95s) .
Don’t forget the Dragon Travellers TT at Weecher Reservoir, Keighley on the 14/15th October.

See you on the water.
Garry Benson
DF95 Club Captain

  

DF65 Wed. 6th Sept

A blustery westerly wind and choppy waters pointed to use of C rigs but nine hardy skippers opted for the Bs. As most of our buoys had been blown out of position a starting line the full width of the lake was easier to manage in the conditions and a shortish course of what is best described as a sausage followed by a short reach and then a short beat to finish at the start line allowed Peter to take shelter from the wind in his car. Was Paul too cocky that he was in an unassailable position overall? Or was his B rig playing up. Whatever, John took adavantage to score another event win.

Many thanks to Peter for scoring and generally organising things in my absence for the series.

 

So the final league table shows Paul and John tied on 390 points. How to resolve that? Count back? John has only four events so no count backs. Does that make Paul the winner? Or do we say John got 390 from only four events so he wins? Or, if we look at race wins in each of their four best events we get: Paul 11; John 14. So, with my captain’s hat on I have decided that the latter two viewpoints prevail and John is the winner with Paul runner-up.

KC DF65 Fleet Captain