5 of the country’s top 10 ranked IOM skippers battled it out in a fleet of 17 boats at Fleetwood’s Twixmas regatta last Sunday.
With visitors from the Midlands & Yorkshire joining the 8 local members the sailors enjoyed a day of cut & thrust close quarters racing between 10am & 3,30pm interspersed with Bacon Butties, Mince pies & Mulled Wine, & cups of tea & coffee.
The wind very conveniently blew straight down the lake with a few subtle shifts & slightly varying strength between 10 & 12 knots. A full-length course was set of 2 full laps making each race approx 1000 metres.
14 races were completed before bad light stopped play at sometime after 3pm.
In the end the usual suspects came out on top with Walshy & Tushy tying for 1st , Walshy winning on countback. An interloper, Shaun Priestley, stole 3rd place by 1 point from Chris Harris, then Darin Ballington & Derek Priestley 5th & 6th made up the 5 of the top 10 rankers. David Winder (Winder Boats of Merlin Rocket & Solo fame) turned up with a very swish looking newly finished boat to Dave Holloms “Dead Reckoning” design, which looked beautiful & showed great promise.
So ended a great weekend 2 day “Twixmas Regatta with 18 DF 95’s on sat & 17 IOM’s on Sunday. It certainly blew away the cobwebs!!
See you next Twixmas!
Fleetwood club now have some 16 IOM’s within our membership and we hope to re-start IOM club racing this season.
And here are the results of the DF95 event on the previous day.
10th Nov 2018
The first event in our Winter Series saw nine skippers turning out, in what was mainly a dry day with a few light showers, and a light breeze, so it was A rigs all round. A figure eight course was set with two laps per race, fourteen were had in the time before the light faded.
It wasn`t until the fifth race before the full complement of skippers were all in the same race, due to breakdowns of one sort or another. Gordon was in good form taking eight bullets in the day and took the honours from Chris and David.
It was good to welcome Mike back after a short absence and he fared well finishing mid table, even with having problems with his winch. For Eric it was a day to forget as his new Kawasaki green boat was reluctant to play most of the time.
Our next DF 95 outing is on Saturday the 15th December at 12 noon.
In ideal autumnal B rig conditions the majority of the Squadron were otherwise absent including DP representing the club at the IOM ranking.
Nevertheless six skippers enjoyed ten competitive races including with breaks for tuning and refreshments.
Tony W missed the first couple of races and admirably managed (including a 3rd) with his A rig. I am sure we will soon be seeing him sporting his new B.
The first one lapper saw David F taking the bullet and the remaining two lappers, over an excellent tacking course, proved to be fruitful for yours truly with DF in hot pursuit.
As you will see from the results sixteen of the Squadron raced on a Saturday and we also welcomed a couple of guest appearances with Tim Lanigan being the overall winner.
The next 95 racing is the first of the winter series on Saturday, November 10th when we will be starting at 12 NOON to allow for the available daylight hours.
Weather awful, non stop rain for most part, delayed start, great wind
straight down the lake.
Two lap triangular course
Should have been C rig to start, but Peter and Eric only had B, Eric’s
rig was broken so he had to rebuild that, so we had an early lunch and
ventured out as the rain eased, Bob started on C rig the others on B.
Peter broke down behind the start line first race (rudder servo) joined
us again in the third race.
The wind eased and Bob changed to B in third race, race 6 and we changed
to A as it eased again, tenth race Eric’s rudder servo went this time, so
we called it a day.
Report kindly provided by Bob Jolly.
The next Saturday event is on the 29th September at 10am and as we have now finished the evening events it would be really good to see more of the Squadron on the water!
On final event of the evening series Mother Nature proved to be a cruel mistress as eleven of the Squadron were ‘blessed’ with a most frustrating breeze which fluctuated not only in strength but also in direction and the results were a reflection of the shifts.
In preparation for the Marblehead Nationals DP did not frustrate himself with the customary eight races and yours truly had to switch to a spare hull due to rudder servo failure – oh joy.
It was good to see Anna back amongst the fleet fresh from her ‘wet sailing’ successes.
Congrats to Chris C on an excellent demonstration of ‘shifty’ sailing and to Shaun H for his overall victory for the series which was competed for by 19 of the Squadron.